Architect Designs Home Inspired By A Folded Piece Of Paper

Architect Designs Home Inspired By A Folded Piece Of Paper

Architect Yukio Hashimoto folded a corner of the house to create diversification within a simple surface.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 11 july 2014

Designed by Japanese architect Yukio Hashimoto, the F-House is a contemporary home that features a facade resembling a piece of paper whose top corner has been folded in. The front of the house basically looks like a rectangular dog-eared piece of paper.

The two-story home is located in the Gion neighborhood in Kyoto, Japan, a region notable for origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The F-House, however, was not inspired by the papercraft artform, but, rather, the architect folded in the top corner of the facade to create diversification within a simple wall surface.


Hashimoto said,

Like pure white paper, this building’s facade has a small crease which brings forth images of origami. The simple fold is intended to provide buoyance to the simple wall surface which would otherwise seem closed and weighty.

Apart from the dog-eared corner design, the front of the house features a single double-door entry with a slightly curved canopy that extends from the wall and serves as additional shelter over the recessed entrance of the house.

The exterior of the house is as modern as most contemporary homes these days, but the interior remains true to some of the basic principles of traditional Japanese design.


There are no visible windows from the outside, but the interior of the house gets its fill of natural light from the inner courtyard surrounded by glazed walls. Many traditional Japanese homes have an interior garden that allows its residents to experience what is happening outdoors while remaining indoors. The interior courtyard, which has a tree planted at the center, also provides the home owners with a place to relax and commune with a little bit of nature.

The ground-level story of the house features a tiled floor surface while the first floor level features timber flooring panels to add contrast.

The house features two staircases. The main staircase is located at the back end of the house and goes past a bedroom on the ground floor and through the open-plan living area and kitchen on the second level of the structure. The other staircase is made of a series of concrete treads supported by the wall of the courtyard and leads to the secluded terrace on the roof.


Yukio Hashimoto

Source: Homes & Hues


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