e-House designed by FT Architects is a unique and innovative residential structure located in Tokyo, Japan.
Built in 2006, this house was designed to provide comfort and privacy to a family of three who loves to bathe. Despite the densely populated neighborhood, the architect wanted to create a living space that celebrated the joys of living in a city like Tokyo while satisfying the desires of the client.
The highlight of the house is the exceptional bathing space, designated as the sunniest spot in the house. The positioning of other functions - the studio, dining, and sleeping quarters - was established along a route that threads around the bathroom. Through the use of level changes and soft cloth screens, each function is separated and connected in a relaxed manner, adding openness and depth to the house's interior.
The internal space is enclosed by walls folded at various angles and embraced by a permeable skin of expanded metal and polyester mesh. This connection between the interior and the garden deflects the stresses from the surrounding environment while still remaining connected to the city through the pores of the screen.
What makes E-House truly exceptional is its human-like form and gesture, achieved through trial and error using study models and mock-ups on-site. The walls and screens are folded or lifted off the ground in a manner that resembles a human body's natural instinct. The result is a residential structure that stands out in a densely populated neighborhood and celebrates the joys of living in a city like Tokyo.