Giveaway: Ten copies of ‘How to Make a Japanese House’

  • 02 Jul 2012
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Thanks to the courtesy of NAi Publishers, we are giving you the chance to win this great book: How to Make a Japanese House (see our review here). We have 10 copies of the book and all you have to do to participate is become a registered user (if you’re not one already) and answer the following question in our comments:

What is the home ideal Japanese clients long for when requesting an architect to build them a single-family house?

You have until Monday 9 to submit your answer. Winners will be announced and contacted next Tuesday 17. Good luck!

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Giveaway: Ten copies of ‘How to Make a Japanese House’" 02 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Matthew

    The ideal home is one that allows the owner(s) to live in a clean and efficient space, while remaining true to style and function.

    • Helder Ferreira

      The Japanese house is, ideally, the uptake of the essential space. This space, often seen as emptiness, is the manifestation of the ancient and permanent transience so present in Oriental culture. The simplicity, with which this space is usually formalized, is more resilient to the effect of time and ever changing needs and is also the ultimate example of the superiority of spiritual over material.

  • Min Tshung Voo

    The ideal home for a Japanese family is one that truly sensitive to the dense urban fabric of Japanese cities, with clever and innovative use of space to adapt the lifestyle of the family.

  • Cindy Casey

    The ideal home considers the spirit on all levels, that of the Japanese ethic as well as that of the family. It is important to consider all spaces as part of the whole, to understand that everything is imbued with purpose.

  • Craig Kirby

    Hopefully the book will help me to find out.

  • Jessica Wong

    I found the Japanese design principle so very elegant. I would love to learn more through this book. I would be so grateful if I am one of the 10 lucky winners to this wonderful Giveaway. THANK YOU!

  • Marc Jooste

    It must be white….. :)

  • Sam Fleischmann

    The density of urban Japan juxtaposed with strong family values of respect, honor and privacy promote a modern and sophisticated dwelling which clearly defines public and private. The construction and choice of materials remain subdued and unadorned, accentuating carefully placed niches of art and nature, naturally lit with diffused daylight.

  • Veronica Lumicisi

    A structure that allows for maximum efficiency and IEQ in a limited space due to the dense urban fabric and that retains the flexibility of the original historical Japanese homes that introduced the concept of moveable walls and morphing rooms. All this combined to a secure structure that is able to withstand earthquakes which are very common in the area. Thus a home should be able to provide not only beauty but also safety for the family.

  • John Vesel


    Make it pure.

  • Jose Duran

    The ideal home for a japanese: the one could take out the complexity and the pressure of their daily lifes and the environment,turning them back to freedom, peace and to the lost individuality.

  • Tristan Kelly

    Ideal Japanese clients long for a design that conveys a sense of purity and simplicity,
    blending new styles with traditional Japanese characteristics and an intimate connection with nature and light.

  • Dom G

    The client’s long for a home that is a unique solution to their lifestyle, nurturing their spirituality and creating independence for their family in a haven of privacy; building their imaginations and dreams into a reality.

  • Philippine Dav

    The ideal house is human… It has a human scale inside and great relationships from space to space. It’s teh house of feelings !

  • Cesar Eduardo Rodríguez

    The need of security to the japanese family determines it, so as long as the style function and all these points are ready, the ideal home is ready.

  • Henry Moll

    The ideal house is multi-functional and designed with a respect to nature both in and out of the home.

  • Josh Graham

    A collection of space separated from the public realm, in which the moments of life can be contained in an instance of silence and bathed in the reflections of light and nature. Such an environment that accentuates the relationships of the inhabitants, allowing the architectural language to blend with the experience of the space and the human condition.

  • James Zunheng Lai

    a serene playground.

  • Seth Ellsworth

    I think the most important things for a modern Japanese home to be is compact, and most of all, intelligent.

  • Seth Ellsworth

    I think the most important thing for modern Japanese homes is that they be intelligent. Compact, clean, and intelligent.

  • Cesar Eduardo Rodríguez

    The ideal japanese home is in fuction of the needs of the family, as security, design, etc. As long as al this needs are covered, it may be the house is ready to be occupied. The space and al the japanese premises come determine this factors.

  • Anitha Deshamudre

    The ideal home considers the spirit on all levels, embodying a sense of balance through design, space, and function. There seems to be an inherent understanding of the whole in every component of the house.

  • Laura M

    I think it should keep the flexible spaces of traditional japanese houses

  • Samuel Quagliotto

    The ideal home for today’s Japanese clients is to have a comfortable space, which has the presence of nature inside, also just one tree, a tea room and simple spaces. So the ideal home will be the home that through new construction technologies will be able to recall and embrace the fundamental elements of Japanese tradition and culture.

    • Justin Boyer

      The modern Japanese sensibility seems to desire order and functionality over superfluous formal gesture. However this order is acheived with subtlety – through lack of ornament, lightness of structure and overall harmony with the surrounding context. Soft daylight is pervasive, as are views to the exterior, blurring the distinction between built imposition and the natural setting. Material palettes are kept to a minimum. The austere nature with which space is defined quiets the mind and promotes reflection.

  • PJ Far

    Materiality | Flexibility | Purity

  • Kitty Yip

    The ideal Japanese home (or any home for the matter) would be comfortable, respects the environment, the neighborhood, thr heritage and fits the needs of the family both currently and into the future.

  • Rongrong Chen

    The ideal Japanese house retains purity, efficiency, while maintaining as clean a form as possible without the distractions of its making. The use of light is careful, and elegant, and each aperture celebrates the purity of the morning. The spaces usually emphasise the discriminating quality of the materials used, and the lighting, veneers, corners are very important in order to create a whole living experience, a respectable one.
    The Japanese house is pleasant to live in, and has a great respect for nature, life’s sights and smells, and provides a humble but accomodating backdrop for daily activities. One will notice that the ‘sukiya’ style is employed often so that the overall Japanese house uses ‘ kakoi’, so that the walls seem like several partitions for the private ceremonies that happen within the home.

  • Kai Vilmi

    Its spiritual nature.

  • Josh Graham

    A collection of space separated from the public realm, in which the moments of life can be contained in an instance of silence and bathed in the reflections of light and nature. Such an environment that accentuates the relationships of the inhabitants, allowing the architectural language to become the experience of the space and the human condition.

  • Deborah Brooks

    Flexible space with natural light

  • Faygo Lamore

    When speaking of the Japanese, one thing does not exist: Oblivion. Everything makes part of that diverse crystalline memory, the universe. They long for that introspective force that speaks of the unity of life and interconnectedness of all things.