Dwell | Modern Architecture In Japan

Though Japan is known mostly for its high number of crowds and low square footage, the architects in Japan do have an amazing eye for design.  Check out some of these very modern homes found in Japan. Thanks to Dwell, we also have very descriptive inspiration behind these modern day Japanese homes.



“The Yatabes’ house may turn a darkly futuristic face to its suburban block, but behind it the house is full of light. In Saitama, a tightly packed neighborhood near Tokyo, the black metal screen affords the family privacy without sacrificing outdoor space. Photo by Dean Kaufman.”  – Dwell




“”In architecture we tend to measure everything using a certain scale,” 36-year-old Makamoto Tanijitri says about the standard dimensions and relative proportions of architectural elements. “People experience a space to be much bigger if they cannot figure out the exact size of it.” Tanijiri, of Suppose Design Office, put this theory into test in House in Fukawa, a house for four located in the suburbs of Hiroshima. A central staircase stands like a thick tree trunk at the heart of the residence. Three bedrooms clad with coniferous plywood are suspended from this core, each at a different height and turned at different angles. The residents can use the spaces between, above, and below the closed boxes in any number of ways; the uppermost reaches are akin to a rooftop terrace, the closed spaces bedrooms.” – Dwell



 “When Hideyuki Nakayama first sits down to dream up a design, he takes a pencil to paper and starts sketching. With a single line, a blank sheet of paper becomes a spacious floor. He adds another line, erases a dash here and there and the space transforms in the blink of an eye. For “2004,” a private residence amid a new residential development in Matsumoto, Japan, Nakayama started off with sketches of a girl sleeping on a blanket with a floor hovering above her. What began as an exercise in exploring spatial relationships through rudimentary sketches spiraled into a home that breaks with convention.” – Dwell
“On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, the office of Ryue Nishizawa built a neighborhood-scaled, flexible-format minimalist steel prefab compound for Yasuo Moriyama—a very private individual with a powerful social bent—and six rental tenants. Every room is its own building—even Moriyama’s bath is a freestanding box. Here, tradition and innovation interweave to create a new kind of community.”
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“This flower shop, art gallery, and home for two looks like the simplest of cubes. Fitting it all into 1,115 square feet, however, prompted Japanese architect Makoto Tanijiri to think outside the box.” – Dwell
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