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

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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

House in Oiso / Atelier HAKO Architects

01:00 - 1 December, 2013
Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects
Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Oiso, Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yukinobu Nanashima, Tomomi Sano
  • Structural Engineer

    Shin’itsu Hiraoka, Hiraoka Structural Engineers
  • Area

    8972.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects

Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects +22

Hanegi Shrine Gathering Place / Ishda Architects + Openvision

01:00 - 26 November, 2013
© Jun Kumagai
© Jun Kumagai

© Jun Kumagai © Jun Kumagai © Jun Kumagai © Jun Kumagai +25

Veterinarian N House / Eureka + Atelier CHOCOLATE

01:00 - 25 November, 2013
© Ookura Hideki
© Ookura Hideki

© Ookura Hideki Veterinarian N House / Eureka + Atelier CHOCOLATE Veterinarian N House / Eureka + Atelier CHOCOLATE © Ookura Hideki +18

Shirasu Residence / ARAY Architecture

01:00 - 22 November, 2013
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +16

M House / Facet Studio

01:00 - 21 November, 2013
Courtesy of Facet Studio
Courtesy of Facet Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Niigata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • Design Team

    Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih
  • Area

    188.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Facet Studio

Courtesy of Facet Studio Courtesy of Facet Studio Courtesy of Facet Studio Courtesy of Facet Studio +15

Why Japan is Crazy About Housing

00:00 - 21 November, 2013
House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan
House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Japan is famous for its radical residential architecture. But as Tokyo architect Alastair Townsend explains, its penchant for avant garde housing may be driven by the country’s bizarre real estate economics, as much as its designers’ creativity.

Here on ArchDaily, we see a steady stream of radical Japanese houses. These homes, mostly designed by young architects, often elicit readers’ bewilderment. It can seem that in Japan, anything is permissible: stairs and balconies without handrails, rooms flagrantly cast open to their surroundings, or homes with no windows at all.

These whimsical, ironic, or otherwise extreme living propositions arrest readers’ attention, baiting us to ask: WTF Japan? The photos travel the blogosphere and social networks under their own momentum, garnering global exposure and international validation for Japan’s outwardly shy, yet media-savvy architects. Afterall, in Japan – the country with the most registered architects per capita – standing out from the crowd is the key to getting ahead for young designers. But what motivates their clients, who opt  for such eccentric expressions of lifestyle?

Library House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates. Image Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates House in Kohoku / Torafu. Image © Daici Ano House in Saijo / Suppose Design Office. Image Courtesy of Nacasa&Partners Inc. HouseT / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects. Image © Hiroyasu Sakaguchi +9

Sugiura House / Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
© Shinkenchiku-sha Co. Ltd
© Shinkenchiku-sha Co. Ltd

© Ken Yokogawa © Ken Yokogawa © Shinkenchiku-sha Co. Ltd © Shinkenchiku-sha Co. Ltd +10

House in Tsurumaki / Case-Real

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Koichi Futatusmata, Yasushi Arikawa
  • Structural Engineer

    Hirofumi Ohno(Ohno Japan)
  • Construction

    Yoshida Building Firm
  • Lighting Plan

    Tatsuki Nakamura
  • Area

    61.2 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +26

Sakurai House / Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates

01:00 - 17 November, 2013
© Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd.
© Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd.

© Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd. © Ken Yokogawa © Ken Yokogawa © Ken Yokogawa +15

House at Komazawa / Atelier HAKO Architects

01:00 - 15 November, 2013
© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts
© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts
  • Architects

  • Location

    Komazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Yukinobu Nanashima, Tomomi Sano
  • Structural Engineer

    Shin’itsu Hiraoka / Hiraoka Structural Engineers
  • Constructor

    Hirano Kensetsu Co.,Ltd
  • Area

    31.92 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts

© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts © Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts +21

Hayasaka House / Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates

01:00 - 14 November, 2013
© Shinkenchiku-sha Co
© Shinkenchiku-sha Co
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Ken Yokogawa
  • Structural Engineers

    Umezawa Structural Engineers - Ryozo Umezawa, Yohei Sekiguchi
  • Landscape Architects

    Nakatani Koichiro Atelier - Koichiro Nakatani
  • General Contractor

    DI Sanwa Corporation -Toshiyuki Inoue, Isamu Morisita
  • Area

    135.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Shinkenchiku-sha Co, Ken Yokogawa · Photographer Profile

© Ken Yokogawa © Ken Yokogawa © Ken Yokogawa © Shinkenchiku-sha Co +11

House of Awa-cho / Container Design

01:00 - 13 November, 2013
© Eiji Tomita
© Eiji Tomita

© Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita +23

Roof & Mushrooms Pavilion / Ryue Nishizawa + Nendo

01:00 - 12 November, 2013
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +25

Arboleda / Naoko Horibe

01:00 - 12 November, 2013
© Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa

© Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa +16