Concrete spiral staircase disrupts linear interiors of House in Ashiya

A spiral staircase breaks the linear geometry in a Japanese house designed by Kazunori Fujimoto Architects & Associates, which is made nearly entirely of concrete. The house is built for a couple and their four children and sits at the base of Mount Rokko, a popular tourist destination, in the Hyōgo prefecture. The studio designed […]

Japanese house has hidden courtyards for growing fruit and drying laundry

Three internal courtyards in a timber-clad bungalow designed by Osaka-based practice Arbol in Akashi, Japan, provide space for growing food and drying clothes. Located in a quiet neighbourhood, the rooms of minimalist House in Akashi turn inwards to these courtyards, with only a few small openings made in the wood-clad elevations looking out to the […]

Gosize designs its own home studio in Japan around a minimalist pond

Japanese practice Gosize has combined an architects’ studio with a house in a concrete frame with large openings around a small courtyard with a simple pond in Hyōgo, Japan. Called F Residence, the home office sits between two existing houses on a suburban street. Different spaces are split over three levels according to their function. […]

Takeru Shoji Architects designs Japanese home with “live-in foundations”

Takeru Shoji Architects has completed a home in the Japanese city of Uonuma, with small rooms suspended above a double-height living space which sits in a “live-in foundation”. Called M House, the home eschews the conventions for building in Uonuma, which has a climate characterised by hot, humid summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall, by […]

SO&CO squeezes 2.7-metre-wide office block into alley in Tokyo

SO&CO has slotted a skinny office building into an alley between two buildings in Tokyo, Japan, which contains five tiny concrete workspaces. The office block, named the Multi-Tenant Building in Ginza, is located on a narrow L-shaped plot on a densely-packed backstreet in one of the city’s leading shopping districts. It has a stark concrete […]

Tato Architects intermingles interior and exterior spaces at House in Tsukimiyama

A simple gabled form glad in corrugated metal encloses a porous series of internal and exterior spaces at this house near Tsukimiyama Station in Kobe by Tato Architects. Tato Architects designed the home in Kobe, Japan, around a large covered courtyard, which divides living spaces from a bathroom annex. Rather than make strict distinctions between these […]

Arced concrete walls invite visitors into House in Konohana

FujiwaraMuro Architects has built a house in Osaka, Japan, which is separated from the street by two curved concrete walls. FujiwaraMuro Architects designed the three-bedroom family house in Osaka‘s Konohana ward, to allow for outdoor parking in front of the house. The studio created a pair of curved concrete walls that define two areas for cars to park while […]

Yabashi Architects slots cafe and pocket park between buildings in Kyushu

A tiered pocket-park tops this cafe in Kyushu, Japan, which Yabashi Architects has erected on the grounds of a building destroyed in an earthquake. Host to a small cafe and an open-air social area, Omoken Park has been designed by locally based Yabashi Architects to be a “public space of private space” where locals can […]

Slim white house by CAPD frames view of the sea in Japan

Japanese architecture practice CAPD have completed Umi – a simple, white house in Tokushima prefecture overlooking the sea with a large, deep-set window and terrace. Assuming that new structures will be built to either side of Umi – which means sea in Japanese – the architects left the side elevations relatively bare. A darker ground […]

FORM/Kouichi Kimura designs Slender House in suburban Japan

A stack of intersecting concrete and metal cuboids combines to create this long, narrow home in Shiga, Japan by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects. Located on a suburban site surrounded by low buildings and wide roads, the new home is called Slender House. The home was built on a 7.5 metre by 17 metre site for a […]

Tomohiro Hata’s Loop House faces inwards onto a central courtyard

Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates built Loop House around a planted central courtyard in pursuit of peace and quiet for a dense urban site in Hyogo, Japan. A series of elevated veranda spaces overlook the courtyard in a design that is an inversion of the Katsura Imperial Villa. The historic villa in Kyoto has a […]

Geneto raises skinny house in Japan above pentagonal garage hole

Japanese architects Geneto has hollowed out a geometric void in the base of a four-metre-wide house in Osaka that doubles as a garage and communal space. YMT House, designed by Kyoto-based architecture and design studio Geneto, is raised above the ground to create free space beneath. The skinny house is on a narrow site surrounded […]

10 bunker-like houses in Japan that offer total privacy

Japanese houses come in all shapes and sizes, but privacy is always a big concern. Here are 10 that offer their residents complete seclusion, from an angular concrete bunker to a seemingly windowless box. Kamiuma House by Chop + Archi  This monolithic house is designed to fill a challenging triangle-shaped plot in Tokyo, and uses […]

ICADA intentionally puts holes in roof of small wooden house in Japan

Wood knotholes are typically a sign of poverty in Japanese architecture, but ICADA has used them to create a unique lighting effect in Knothole House. ICADA founders Masaaki Iwamoto and Nariaki Chigusa wanted to show that “poor is more” with this small wooden house. They used knotholes – typically found in cheap wood – to […]

Nendo wraps timber grid around plant-filled balconies of Japanese office

Plant-lined balconies and a grid-like facade wrap around the glass Kojimachi Terrace office in Tokyo, which Nendo has designed “to bring the outside in”. Located in the capital’s Kojimachi neighbourhood, the eleven-storey block is designed by Nendo to challenge the city’s conventional “closed off” office buildings. The office has glass walls punctuated by randomly-placed balconies […]

Takeshi Hosaka designs tiny house in Tokyo with funnel-like roofs

Architect Takeshi Hosaka has built himself a micro home in Tokyo that has a total floor area of just 19 square metres and features a pair of curved roofs. Called Love2 House, the single-storey building sits on a plot in the Bunkyo district, which measures just 31 square metres. Hosaka and his wife relocated to the […]

House in Hokusetsu by Tato Architects is designed as a labyrinth

A geometric pattern of square-shaped rooms connected by rhombus-shaped circulation areas forms House in Hokusetsu, Osaka, by Japanese firm Tato Architects. Tato Archiects, led by architect Yo Shimada, designed the house for a family who wanted an interesting and dynamic home that makes it easier to spend time together. Rather than sticking to a regular orthogonal […]

Toru Kashihara Architects designs stepped concrete temple in Tokyo

Shoraku-Ji is a Buddhist temple next to a cemetery in northeast Tokyo by Toru Kashihara Architects with a stepped concrete design that aims to subvert traditional temple architecture. Located on a site surrounded by many other temples and cemeteries, all of Shoraku-Ji temple’s functions – which may have otherwise been housed in individual structures – have been compressed […]

Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates designs house in Japan based on a Möbius loop

Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates has completed Topological Folding House, a home formed of a continuous white strip that wraps around to form floors, ceilings and balconies. The house, located in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture, is designed to look like a Möbius loop – a surface with only one side. “The interior is space made by bending the continuous floor surface from […]

House in Toyonaka embeds windows in gaps between monolithic grey boxes

Japanese studio FujiwaraMuro Architects designed House in Toyonaka, Osaka, as a series of offset boxes with gaps between them that allow light and air to enter the house, while maintaining the occupants’ privacy. FujiwaraMuro Architects, founded by architects Shintaro Fujiwara and Yoshio Muro in 2002,  created the Japanese house as a direct response to its urbanised site […]

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