The quirky designs of modern houses in Japan undeniably grab our attention time and again. ‘White’ and ‘timber’ are two of the first words that come to mind but anything goes when it comes down to it. From single-occupancy extensions to three-storey family residences, the only guarantee in this part of the world is that the outcome will be unique. Here are five of our favourite Japanese houses.
House in Nanakuma by MOVEDESIGN
Photo and lead image Yousuke Harigane of Techni Staff
FUKUOKA – MOVEDESIGN recently completed House in Nanakuma in Fukuoka, Japan. The triple-storey house was designed for a family of three, from three generations. It is designed around a double-height bookcase and steel staircase.
Koya No Sumika by mA-style architects
Photo Kai Makamura
YAIZU – The studio of mA-style architects recently completed this subtle extension for a young couple’s traditional one-storey house in the coastal city of Yaizu, Japan. The well-executed project reflects a strong desire for quiet spaces tinged with great lightness.
Timber House by Yoshiyasu Mizuno
Photo Yoshiharu Hama / Studio Melos
FUJIEDA – At the start of the year, a timber house was built on a vacant piece of land next to an existing residence – which just so happened to be inhabited by the client’s parents – in a city on the southern coast of Japan.
MoyaMoya House by Studio Phenomenon
Photo Daisuke Shimokawa / Nacása & Partners
TOKYO – Japanese architects are renowned for incorporating traditional spatial concepts into contemporary residential design. Studio Phenomenon’s latest project – a small house standing in typical Tokyo suburb – reinterprets blurred boundaries between the inside and the outside by wrapping the house in a loose, stainless-steel mesh.
Balcony House by Ryo Matsui Architects
Photo Daici Ano
TOKYO – Recently brought to completion by Tokyo-based practice Ryo Matsui Architects, the Balcony House sits in a residential area of Tokyo, Japan, predominantly comprised of low-rise constructions and modest housing buildings.
You can see all of our Japanese house projects online here.