K House / Kimura Matsumoto

© Yuko Tada

Architects: Kimura Matsumoto
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Design Team: Yoshinari Kimura , Naoko Matsumoto
Area: 45 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yuko Tada

Green Edge House / ma-style architects

© Nacasa & Partners Makoto Yasuda

Architects: ma-style architects
Location: , Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto
Area: 73 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners Makoto Yasuda

Beyond The Hill / acaa

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: acaa
Location: Yokohama, , Japan
Architect In Charge: Kazuhiko Kishimoto
Area: 158 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda, Ryogo Utatsu

Fleuve / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Satoshi Kurosaki
Area: 92 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

House in Tousuien / Suppose Design Office

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: Suppose Design Office
Location: Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Year: 2012
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano, Takumi Ota

House in Inokuchi / Koichiro Horiuchi

© Jin Hosoya

Location: Inokuchi, Nishi Ward, , Prefecture, Japan
Area: 132.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jin Hosoya

Calm / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Satoshi Kurosaki
Area: 88 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Inside Japan’s “Crazy” Housing

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 . 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

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: Suppose Design Office, Ohno Japan
Location: Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Makoto Tanijiri (Suppose Design Office) + Ohno HIrohumi (Ohno Japan)
Area: 112.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Reconstructing Space, Reconstructing Community in Japan

The Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale showed some of the disaster reconstruction work. . Image © Nico Saieh

Still 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 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

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Another APARTMENT
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Tsuyoshi Kobayashi
Area: 23 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

House of Toilet / Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

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Architects: Daigo Ishii , Future-scape Architects
Location: Ibuki-shima,
Area: 50.91 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Future-scape Architects

House I / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

© Fumihiko Ikemoto

Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Design Team: Hiroyuki Shinozaki, Sota Matsuura, Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Area: 92 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fumihiko Ikemoto

Cafeteria in Ushimado / Niji Architects

© Masafumi Harada/Niji Photo

Architects: Niji Architects
Location: Ushimadocho Ushimado, Setouchi, Okayama Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Masafumi Harada
Participants: Niji Architects, AI Design, OHNO JAPAN
Constructor: UG Giken
Area: 144.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masafumi Harada/Niji Photo

Floating Solar Array Makes Statement in Japan

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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 . A symbolic response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the power plant is but one project in ’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

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Architects: Atelier HAKO Architects
Location: , Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Yukinobu Nanashima, Tomomi Sano
Structural Engineer: Shin’itsu Hiraoka, Hiraoka Structural Engineers
Area: 8972.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier HAKO Architects

Hanegi Shrine Gathering Place / Ishda Architects + Openvision

© Jun Kumagai

Architects: Ishda Architects + Openvision
Location: Hanegi, , Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Mamiko Ishida, Sachiko Tanaka
Area: 940 sqm
Photographs: Jun Kumagai

Veterinarian N House / Eureka + Atelier CHOCOLATE

© Ookura Hideki

Architects: Eureka + Atelier CHOCOLATE
Location: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Inagaki Junya, Sano satoshi, Ohta Makoto
Area: 280 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ookura Hideki