Beetle's House Architectural Review

London, 25-08-2010

This raised smoky doll house is a truly intriguing new creation of Japanese Architect Terunobu Fujimori.

Having recently had the pleasure of climbing up the ladder into the Beetle’s House and sitting in it for a while, I very much want to share this opportunity with you! 

It is currently on display as part of 1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces exhibition at the V&A in London, so if you have the opportunity to go and see it, do it -I can highly recommend it! 

The small dwelling sits in the museum’s medieval & renaissance room, high atop its pillared structure. The design is clad in rich black charred pine beams that no doubt reference the colour of the beetle.

This type of wood creates a unique texture that preserves the wood and extends the building’s lifespan. 

The structure, like Fujimori’s other works, is intended to by-pass all architectural styles that have developed since the bronze age, returning the act of living to a more primitive state. This home is designed to host an english version of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Images Via Designboom Pictures by Pasi Aalto.