“House NA”, Tokyo’s hide-and-go-see-through glass house (House NA 住所)

December, 2016 update: House NA is now listed on Google Maps. It is located in the Koenji neighborhood of Tokyo, southwest of JR Koenji Station (map).

The first rule of a glass house is you don’t throw stones. Apparently the second rule is you don’t talk about glass houses. At least you don’t disclose the location.

House NA Glass house Tokyo eastHouse NA, the intriguing 914 square-foot glass house designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects 藤本壮介建築設計事務所 has been documented generously in words and pictures; the visual record of this young structure is impressive. Surprisingly, disclosure of the house’s specific location is nearly non-existent. Having never backed down from an internet search challenge, I located the building’s exact address using two clues.

First, the house’s location was described by one writer:.

“located on a small side street in a very lively, “hip” part of the city. Full of eccentric, off-the-wall little shops, this neighbourhood’s intense social life is associated with a human-scale ambience made of low houses and mostly pedestrian and bicycle traffic.” Source: domusweb.it

Second, the building’s site plan, combined with knowledge of Tokyo’s geography, provides just enough clues to locate this hidden, or hiding, gem. “House NA” site plan (source):

The location is so well hidden that even a google search including the name of the neighborhood yields few results. (I found success with a Brazilian blog and a thread from a social networking site). The censorious absence of the project’s location is curious. Is there a rule or convention in architectural journalism prohibiting the disclosure of a house’s location?

(Suspiciously, Streetview images from the 20 meters of road fronting the property are not viewable on Google maps, while neighbors on both sides are available.)

So where is this mystery property? In the age of instant Google searches, I feel somewhat protective of the house’s almost-secret location. I may tell you, but you’ll have to ask politely.

Related post:

Read more about Sou Fujimoto in my latest entry, “A wild Sou Fujimoto chase”, where I hunt down House H:

House H link

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41 thoughts on ““House NA”, Tokyo’s hide-and-go-see-through glass house (House NA 住所)

  1. Hey
    I tried to find the location several times but I couldn`t. Would you please tell me the address of this secret house.
    Thanks in advance 😉

  2. Hi could you please tell me the address of this house, something i’m curious to see the details of. i’m in Tokyo for a couple of days. Thanks.

  3. Hi,
    I would love to visit the na house, could u share the secret with me and i will promise I’ll manage to keep it.
    I have talking about this house for over a year and now I am travelling all the way from Argentina to Tokyo and would love to see it!!

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  6. Thank you for the clues. I found it. Google street view shows the house though not directly in front of it. I’m flying to Tokyo for a few days from tomorrow and I hope I’ll have time to see it.

  7. hi guys, i’m going to tokyo for nye, i’m a parisian architect and i woudl love to see house na and house h, could you give me your tips through email ?

    • Thanks for the comment. I wish you the best of luck on your search. I think house NA is moderately easy to find, if you use follow the info in this post. House H is a bit more difficult, but I’ve stopped giving additional tips, as I know that Japanese privacy laws are pretty strict, so I’m going to play it safe and just provide the information in the posts.

  8. Yes, thank-you for the “hip” tip also, I found it! Love the lightness of the structure, but, as a parent, concerned about safety – railings, etc. Don’t think this would pass Canadian Building Codes.

  9. Hi, just found your post. I’ve had the same problem as everyone, I will visit Tokyo in a few weeks (my first time) and wanted to see this house. Luckily, after a few google searches and using GMaps and the plan… I found it!
    Thank you for the “hip” tip 😉

    • Hi, thanks for the comment. What have you tried so far? Many people are able to locate it based on the clues in this post. I can’t give you the address but I can let you know if you’re on the right track.

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  11. Thank you for this advise ! But, if you could give me the adress of the transparent house, it would be realllllllly thankfull… 🙂

      • Thanks for posting up the site map, found it with no problem when comparing with google maps. Also loving your blog, I’m an architecture student who recently returned from 3 months in tokyo, will be back in June hopefully to visit more cool buildings!

  12. Thanks!! so happy, finally found ii! was googling it for an hour now trying to find it! keep it a secet though, it makes it better to be a challenge

  13. Heeeeeeeeeeelp!

    Been wondering around Tokyo for days now looking for this place. Searching maps and neighborhoods trying to find it. Please can you help me fining this before I go home.

    /d

  14. hey, same problem here….arg!”
    i will leave tokyo in a couple of days and i will love to see this house before coming back to my country….could you be so kind and tell me the address pleasee

    thanks so so so much

    sorry, japanese board

  15. I’ve been searching the internet for several hours now trying to find the address, finding the same clues as you but nothing more. I can’t find it and I’m leaving for Tokyo in a couple of days. Will you please send me the address? I’ll keep it a secret!

      • Hello, Clark!
        I am on my honeymoon in Tokyo and found your post searching for architecture I would like to see in real life (ex. House Na).
        By the clues you provided I suspect we are staying not far from it’s location and I want to ask you politely to help me end my quest! 😀

        PS. We are staying at loveley Shimo-kitazawa

        Kind regards,

        E.

    • Hello Clark,
      I’m visiting Tokyo in a month, I’m an architect and so I would love to visit the house!
      May I ask you to help me, could I have the location? it would be a dream

      Thanks
      have a great day too you all!!!!
      x

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