The house the Australian architecture duo Bolles + Wilson designed and built between 1990 and 1993 for Mr. Suzuki in Tokyo is a playful unicum, yet a perfectly contextualized fragment in the Japanese city.
An asymmetrical concrete construction at the corner of a plot, the house is a classic expression of the architects’s humor, who imagined it as being “glanced by a passing ninja“. Small-scale protuberances, irregular windows and a gantry crane for the delivery of furniture punctuate the façade, and a big black blob surrounds the main window (a ninja sign for the authors, the eye patch of a giant panda, in the adolescent mind of the original client’s daughter). A suspended concrete box was expressely created for the child over the kitchen, an interpretation of the theme of the “house within the house“.
(Only) A short poem recurs in the architects description of this small project:
A house as a large family room suspended in the city.
A house with a child’s room suspended within.
A house with two legs and a usable roof.
A house glanced by a passing Ninja.
(Impressed Shadow Facade)
El Croquis 067 Bolles – Wilson 90-94
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