House in Ajina: A Representation of A Simple Composition

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Designed by Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates, House in Ajina is a residential project located in Japan. The main goal of this project is to create a house that can spread in all directions. This house also represents a simple composition that responds to its awesome site.


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The site is a very steep slope that is characterized by a panoramic view of Miyajima Island and its Itsukushima Shrine. The view faces the Seto Inland Sea directly which can be seen easily from inside the house.



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The main goal of this project also includes capturing the views of the Itsukushima Shrine in the most dignified way with respect.

There are two initial processes of the design:

  • Disassembling the traditional box
  • Giving a sense of movement and lightness to the south facade through a De-Stijl-style operation



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From the entrance to the first floor, the road level meets this house in its vertical center. A room with a high ceiling can be found after one walks down the long staircase between the walls. It is a sequence that gives a consciousness about a tranquil space’s richness.

A wellhole connects the second floor with the third floor of the house. In the south facade, there is an overhanging wall that extends beyond the house’s height and width, allowing the house to have a feeling of extension to the interior space.



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The balcony extension, the horizontal split windows, and the three-axis direction evoke awareness of the outspread space. From the outside, the facade can maintain the same principle found inside the rooms.

The result of this project is an awesome representation of a simple composition that can respond to the stunning site where someone can enjoy the sea relaxing atmosphere.


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Photographer: Kazunori Fujimoto

Karin Hoover

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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