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How to Make a Japanese House / Cathelijne Nuijsink

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Nowhere in the world have architects built so many small and exceptional homes as in Japan, and nowhere with such ingenuity and success. How to Make a Japanese House presents 21 contemporary houses and situates them in the evolution of Japanese housing. Simultaneously, the book provides insight into the unique design approach of three different generations of Japanese architects.

The interviews with architects such as Jun Aoki, Ryue Nishizawa and Sou Fujimoto clarify in a personal way the backgrounds of the designs. With her fascination for Japanese culture, Cathelijne Nuijsink takes the reader on a journey into the contemporary Japanese house. Using a rich array of research, drawings and photographs, How to Make a Japanese House demonstrates that Japanese homes offer a radically different way of thinking about architecture.

The extremely small Japanese dwelling, by Western standards, can barely be considered a comfortable place. This requires knowledge of the traditional Japanese home, the family culture and the limitations of building in densely populated areas. The strength of the Japanese dwelling turns out not to lie in a rational quantity of square metres, but to be of a spiritual nature.

Publisher: NAi Publishers Dimensions: 16 x 24 cm Pages: 328 Format: Sander Boon ISBN: 978-90-5662-850-5

020 Foreword / Taro Igarashi 022 Introduction Essay, The Japanese Single-Family Home / Cathelijne Nuijsink The 1950s Generation 032 Suburban Toy House /Jun Aoki 044 Steel Train / Kengo Kuma 056 Levels of Complexity / Kazuyo Sejima 068 Under the Canopy / Kazuhiro Kojima 080 Four Architectural Generations, Monologue by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto

The 1960s Generation 084 Kaleidoscopic Views / Manabu Chiba 096 Activating the Gaps / Yoshiharu Tsukamoto 108 Void in a Void /Akira Yoneda 120 Curves for Privacy / Katsuhiro Tsukamoto 128 Community Spheres / Ryue Nishizawa 140 From Ripples to Wave, Monologue by Taro Igarashi

The 1970s Generation 144 Nested Boxes / Sou Fujimoto 156 Mountainous Landscape / Akihisa Hirata 168 Two Unified Views /  Kumiko Inui 176 Heavenly State / Jun Igarashi 188 Friendly Nod / Makato Takei + Chie Nabeshima 200 A Violin Inside the Rock / Masahir Harada + Mao Harada 212 Alleyway Living / Makoto Tanjiri 224 Lively Balconies / Go Hasegawa 236 Empty House / Hideyuki Nakayama 248 Unreachable Space / Yuko Nagayama 256 Transparent Sceneries / Junya Ishigami 266 Ruler of the Site / Ryuji Nakamura 276 New Directions, Monologue by Jun Aoki

Thematic Essays 280 Architecture and the City / Riken Yamamoto, Manabu Chiba, Ryuji Fujimura 288 Alternatives to the Architects / Kazuhiko Namba, Shigeru Oshima, Tadashi Fukuoka 296 Traditional Aesthetics or Modern Ethics? / Kengo Kuma, Yasuhiro Yamahita, Masahiro Harada 306 The Role of Structures / Jun Sato, Hidefumi Ohno, Ryota Kidokoro 314 Inside the House / Kyoichi Tsuzuki, Yuko Ando, Naoki Terada

323 Bibliography 325 Photo Credits 326 Acknowled

Cite:Diego Hernandez. "How to Make a Japanese House / Cathelijne Nuijsink" 29 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>