Hair Do / Ryo Matsui Architects

00:00 - 29 December, 2013
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

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House in Minamikarasuyama / atelier HAKO architects

01:00 - 28 December, 2013
© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts
© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts
  • Architects

  • Location

    Minamikarasuyama, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yukinobu Nanashima, Tomomi Sano
  • Area

    78.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts

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Balcony House / Ryo Matsui Architects Inc

01:00 - 26 December, 2013
Courtesy of Ryo Matsui Architects Inc
Courtesy of Ryo Matsui Architects Inc
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Building Site

    Minato-ku Tokyo
  • Structure Design

    Akira Suzuki / ASA
  • Area

    202.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ryo Matsui Architects Inc

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Green Edge House / ma-style architects

01:00 - 23 December, 2013
© Nacasa & Partners Makoto Yasuda
© Nacasa & Partners Makoto Yasuda

© Nacasa & Partners Makoto Yasuda © Nacasa & Partners Makoto Yasuda © Nacasa & Partners Makoto Yasuda © Nacasa & Partners Makoto Yasuda +15

K House / Kimura Matsumoto

01:00 - 23 December, 2013
© Yuko Tada
© Yuko Tada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Design Team

    Yoshinari Kimura , Naoko Matsumoto
  • Structural Engineer

    Eisuke Mitsuda
  • Building Contractor

    Kohatsu
  • Area

    45.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Yuko Tada

© Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada +29

Beyond The Hill / acaa

01:00 - 20 December, 2013
© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kazuhiko Kishimoto
  • Structural Engineer

    Takahiro Suwabe
  • Area

    158.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Hiroshi Ueda , Ryogo Utatsu

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda +18

Fleuve / APOLLO Architects & Associates

01:00 - 19 December, 2013
© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +17

House in Tousuien / Suppose Design Office

01:00 - 17 December, 2013
© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +23

House in Inokuchi / Koichiro Horiuchi

01:00 - 16 December, 2013
© Jin Hosoya
© Jin Hosoya
  • Architects

    Koichiro Horiuchi
  • Location

    Inokuchi, Nishi Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    132.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jin Hosoya © Jin Hosoya © Jin Hosoya © Jin Hosoya +26

Calm / APOLLO Architects & Associates

01:00 - 16 December, 2013
© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +16

Inside Japan's "Crazy" Housing

00:00 - 15 December, 2013
House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan
House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Inspired by our wildly popular article "Why Japan Is Crazy About Housing," CNN has interviewed Tokyo-based author and architect Alastair Townsend in order to dig a bit deeper into why radical design has become more common in Japan. The video features interviews with the residents of House T by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, who share what it's like to live in a multi-storied home with step ladders and no walls, as well as Sou Fujimoto, who takes us on a tour of his whimsical, tree-house inspired House NA. Watch the video after the break.

The House of Yagi / Suppose Design Office + Ohno Japan

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +12

Reconstructing Space, Reconstructing Community in Japan

00:00 - 8 December, 2013
The Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale showed some of the disaster reconstruction work. . Image © Nico Saieh
The Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale showed some of the disaster reconstruction work. . Image © Nico Saieh

Still rebuilding after the catastrophic tsunami of 2011, Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, and other notable Japanese architects, have teamed up on the "Home for All" project to provide community-focused housing to disaster-stricken communities. While the architect-driven initiative seems to be a success, Edwin Heathcote of the Financial Times asks in this exquisitely well-written article: are a set of "starchitects" the right team for the job? (Spoiler: Yes)

Long Window House / Another APARTMENT

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

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Cafeteria in Ushimado / Niji Architects

01:00 - 5 December, 2013
© Masafumi Harada/Niji Photo
© Masafumi Harada/Niji Photo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ushimadocho Ushimado, Setouchi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masafumi Harada
  • Participants

    Niji Architects, AI Design, OHNO JAPAN
  • Constructor

    UG Giken
  • Area

    144.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Masafumi Harada/Niji Photo

© Masafumi Harada/Niji Photo © Masafumi Harada/Niji Photo © Masafumi Harada/Niji Photo © Masafumi Harada/Niji Photo +11

House I / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

01:00 - 5 December, 2013
© Fumihiko Ikemoto
© Fumihiko Ikemoto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tochigi, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
  • Design Team

    Hiroyuki Shinozaki, Sota Matsuura, Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
  • Area

    92.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Fumihiko Ikemoto

© Fumihiko Ikemoto © Fumihiko Ikemoto © Fumihiko Ikemoto © Fumihiko Ikemoto +12

House of Toilet / Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

01:00 - 5 December, 2013
Courtesy of Future-scape Architects
Courtesy of Future-scape Architects

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Floating Solar Array Makes Statement in Japan

00:00 - 3 December, 2013
© Kyocera
© Kyocera

Solar panels are often an added bonus in design, becoming a means to an end. But why shouldn't they be the star of the show? A recent article in Metropolis Magazine shows off the Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant, the largest solar facility in Japan. A symbolic response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the power plant is but one project in Japan's transition into one of the fastest growing solar markets in the world. Check out the full story here