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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Glass-fronted bathroom takes centre stage in Kyoto home

Architecture studio 07Beach has placed a bathroom alongside a central courtyard at the centre of this house in Kyoto to give the clients the feeling of “open-air bathing” in their own home. Japan and Vietnam-based 07Beach created the house on a tight urban site with no space for a garden and very few areas for windows on the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kouichi Kimura creates fortress-like Tranquil House in Japan

FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects has designed a concrete house in Shiga, Japan, to be a self-contained space that promotes serenity and silence away from its loud environment. The three-bedroom house, which is located between a concrete factory and a highway, has been designed to with minimal views out to reduce noise level inside. The desire to oppose its […]

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 […]

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 […]

Explore eye-catching Japanese houses on our Pinterest board

We’ve updated our Pinterest board dedicated to the best Japanese houses, including a home on Okinawa Island with a metal-mesh canopy covered in plants and a house made up of spiralling platforms. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

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