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Transparent House in Japan

If you say you have nothing to hide, try spending a few nights in the see-through house located in Tokyo, Japan. Built by Sou Fujimoto Architects, this 914 square-foot transparent house was inspired by our ancient predecessors who inhabited trees. While so-called “House NA” offers plenty of daylight, expect no privacy here.

“The intriguing point of a tree is that these places are not hermetically isolated but are connected to one another in its unique relativity. To hear one’s voice from across and above, hopping over to another branch, a discussion taking place across branches by members from separate branches. These are some of the moments of richness encountered through such spatially dense living,” says Sou Fujimoto.

Architect: Sou Fujimoto Architects

“The white steel-frame structure itself shares no resemblance to a tree. Yet the life lived and the moments experienced in this space is a contemporary adaptation of the richness once experienced by the ancient predecessors from the time when they inhabited trees,” says Sou Fujimoto.

Photographer: Iwan Baan

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  • Beat Rice via Facebook

    never!ever! except i am transparent too!

  • Laura Delucio Gross via Facebook

    I saw a similar house that was translucent and painted with opaque trees over the personal spaces. Both are a great concept but not for me. I admire your openness.

  • Krissy Weeks via Facebook

    Thats pretty Rad!

  • Andrew Osanka via Facebook

    No way. I enjoy my privacy too much.

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  • Jem Tovey via Facebook

    If I did, I sure as hell wouldn’t throw any stones…

  • Jeff Childs via Facebook

    They better not throw stones.

  • Chevelle Swagenaar via Facebook

    Not in my country, but in japan yes. Nudity isn’t such a vile thing, so I wouldn’t have to be worried about changing my clothes. xD And I wouldn’t keep anything worth stealing… either. >>

  • Anna Stasiuk via Facebook

    who washes all the windows? ^^

  • Arolas Uribe via Facebook

    En Chile hubo una, la gente se encaramaba a mirar a la chica desnuda que vivía allí.

  • Louise McIntosh via Facebook

    No way!!

  • Janet Fauble via Facebook

    I bet people don’t gawk to look on after they get used to it. No draperies or curtains or blinds anywhere? Not for me either.

  • Goga Priba via Facebook

    only if I become a nun…

  • Batty

    No bathroom?
    I think you would be more likely to overhear conversations and see private moments in a crowded mall which would be more representational of tree living. Trees have branches and leaves to offer real and imagined shelter from each other and from the sun.  This glass box offeres no illusion of privacy detering the things the designer hopes to encourage.

  • trb

    How do they masturbate?!

  • Vanessa O’Day via Facebook

    Where do you pee?

  • Chanicha Fuangfung via Facebook

    Umm…No, thanks.

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  • Larry Larson via Facebook

    I’d love to. Send one to Duesseldorf

  • Sozapm

    well having sex would be awkward

    • Driftin

       or awesome

  • Francisco De Sales Romero via Facebook

    En Venezuela viven asi desde mucho tiempo atrás

  • Elena Davidson via Facebook

    Where is the bathroom?

  • Jjm

    those are manikins, damn people.

  • MarcD

    haha, that´s typical for such kind of art: a big WOW effect but no practical use for it. nice that this is possible, but not worth to do it again… great art…
    Imagine there is art and nobody cares….

  • Nicole_the_Awesome

    Where do they take a bath??!?

  • jOEeLiOt

    wwwooooowwwwww.. nice place.. thats very cooolllllllllllll ^_^