Following our first look at a batch of Japanese houses, we have an updated set showing even more shapes and sizes, arranged in equally peculiar ways:

1. Keyhole House by EASTERN design office
Kyoto, Japan
A house in Kyoto, Japan, has been modeled after the shape of a keyhole.

2. ISM House by International Royal Architecture
Isumi, Japan
Tokyo-based studio I.R.A. designed an arrow-shaped house as part of a seaside resort development in its early stages in Isumi, Japan.

3. House in Tamatsu by Kenji Ido
Osaka, Japan
A house in Osaka, Japan, shouts Japanese vernacular but with a slight adjustment – a 14 degree upper floor rotation.

4. House in Chiharada by Studio Velocity
Okazaki, Japan
Reminiscent of a yurt, a white cylindrical house leans towards the traditional Japanese vernacular (light minimalist spaces) but replaces the more customary straight lines with curves.

5. W-Window House by Alphaville Architects
Kyoto, Japan 
Two equal triangles cut into the side profile of a new house in Kyoto, which has an otherwise straight steel windowless front and back.

6. House in Kitaoji by Torafu Architects
Kyoto, Japan
Located on a quiet corner of a Kyoto housing estate, a concrete house appears inaccessible – but is in fact designed with greater thought towards accessibility for wheelchair users.

7. Ant House by mA-Style Architects
Omaezaki, Japan
Atsushi and Mayumi Kawamoto – the duo behind Ma-Style Architects – like to define architecture allegorically. Their latest single-family house, for a couple and their three children in Omaezaki, tells a story of people living together like a colony of ants.

8. House M by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Tochigi, Japan
A small house in Japan experiences a spatial twist, where rooms are designed to orbit one central living space.

9. House with Empty Lot by ON design
Fujisawa, Japan
Split into his side and her side, with a large ‘empty lot’ in the middle, a house in Fujisawa (just south of Tokyo, Japan) reveals hybrid living.

10. House of Cedar by Suga Atelier
Osaka, Japan
Raw wooden planks and structural beams are on display at a house in Osaka, Japan.

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