Before Kazunori Fujimoto established Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates in 1991, he gained thorough architectural education at Waseda University and trained his skills from the masters, as he has worked at Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, and at NASCA. Now, his approach serves to inspire.
To view on Kazunori Fujimoto’s style, we take a closer look on House in Sunami, located in Mihara, Hiroshima, Japan. The house situated on a hill faces stunning landscape of the Seto Inland Sea. The aim of the architect was to create a space, that provides comfortable feeling of outside what he achieved with great success.
Through setting a courtyard on the roadside, the feeling of privacy is assured while creating spacious living room toward the backside mountains view. Semi-outdoor rooms are situated around the patio and kept under the vaulted roof cover. Worth mentioning is a construction of the building. As the architect explains, “Usually to hold this kind of shell construction it is necessary to use structural elements with high thickness against the thrust of the arch-roof. This possibility was avoided thanks to an accurate control of the layout of partition walls.” Thus, the whole construction is kept simple and coherent.
The building featuring basically almost concrete is a frame for the nature which enters to the inner space through glazed part of the walls. The whole outcome, with its comfort relationship with the surrounding landscape offers rich sequence of spaces, keeping it all in the best possible quality.