10 Nov 2012 • Spatial
Top 10 Japanese Houses: Part 2
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
A house in Kyoto, Japan, has been modeled after the shape of a keyhole.
2. ISM House by International Royal Architecture
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Raw wooden planks and structural beams are on display at a house in Osaka, Japan.