Tanpopo House [Dandelion House]

Tanpopo House was Fujimori’s second built design. His Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum received praise from many of his peers, energising Fujimori to continue designing. With no clients or projects appearing he decided to design and build a home for his family on a Tokyo Suburb. Inspiration came from plant covered thatched roofs in Normandy. Tanpopo has strips of volcanic rock fixed to the roof and facade with flowers and grass planted underneath and growing through the grooves. The building has a thick wall build up but this is a by product of the design. Fujimori explains that he is wary of the contemporary conception of green design ”

“As an architect, I deal with the visual effects. Energy conservation is an engineer’s work. My intention is to visibly and harmoniously connect two worlds—the built world that mankind creates with the nature God created.”

1. Fujimori Sketch of Tanpopo House

Tanpopo is the Japanese word for Dandelion, over 1,000 dandelion’s were gathered by hand from the foot hills of mount fuji. Their bloom so brief, flowering for around a month a year.


2. Flowers and Grass growing between Volcanic slates.

Teppei stone on walls is more often used as stepping stones in gardens. The Stone splits flat and consistent. The stone tablets weigh about 300kg per square metre and are  connected to a concrete core. The stone is detailed into lapped joints where the meet echoing a wooden construction.

Doors windows and finishes are timber.

Straw imbedded plaster creates matte finish looks like Japanese wash paper

As the flowers dies he climbs the facade and plants new ones for the next season.

House Tanpopo [Dandelion House]

Client: Ternubu Fujimori, himself His own house Nagao

Completed: 1995

Materials: Teppei Stone facade. Concrete Core. Timber doors, window frames and finishes. Volcanic roof tiles.

Processes/Treatments: Grass and Dandelion growing through tiles.




Featured Image – http://www.michaelfreemanphoto.com/media/4a190aee-403b-11e0-b5b2-152035feeb17-tampopo

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