O Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen!

© Hiroki Kawata

Architects: ninkipen!
Location: Ōgaki, Gifu,
Architect In Charge: Yasuo Imazu
Area: 172 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

The Freakonomics Podcast Tackles the Question: Why Is Japan Crazy About Housing?

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Freakonomics has just posted a fascinating new podcast that takes on the question posed by Alastair Townsend in our AD original article: “Why Japan is Crazy About Housing.” The podcast consults with Townsend and economic experts to present a thought-provoking answer to the puzzling question of why builds architecture that is avant-garde and yet, ultimately, disposable. The answer may just surprise you. Listen to the whole podcast here:

House M / Teppei Fujiwara Architects Labo

© Sadao Hotta

Architects:
Location: Setagaya, Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Teppei Fujiwara
Area: 102.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Sadao Hotta

House For Seven People / mnm

© Sadao Hotta

Architects: mnm
Location: Marunouchi, , Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Mio Tsuneyama, Madeleine Kessler
Area: 78 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sadao Hotta, Morinaka Yasuaki

Double Circular Rings in Todoroki / Teppei Fujiwara Architects Labo

© Yamagishi

Architects:
Location: Setagaya, Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Teppei Fujiwara
Area: 85 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Yamagishi, Muraguchi

House in Kawanishi / Tato Architects

© Shinkenchiku Sha

Architects: Tato Architects
Location: Hyogo Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Yo shimada
Area: 107 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shinkenchiku Sha

SISII / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

© Daici Ano

Architects: Yuko Nagayama & Associates
Location: Kobe, ,
Area: 144.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

Window House / Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Courtesy of Yasutaka Yoshimura

Architects: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
Location: Prefecture, Japan
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Yasutaka Yoshimura

House In Hori / Nakasai Architects

© Syouichi Uchiyama

Architects: Nakasai Architects
Location: Hori, , Prefecture, Japan
Structure: Ohno JAPAN
Year: 2013
Photographs: Syouichi Uchiyama

Enviromental Building in Okazaki / Henri Gueydan

© Toshihisa Iishi

Architects: Henri Gueydan
Location: , Aichi Prefecture,
Area: 3,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Toshihisa Iishi

House In Gankaiji / Nakasai Architects

© Syouichi Uchiyama

Architects: Nakasai Architects
Location: Gankaiji, , Prefecture, Japan
Year: 2013
Photographs: Syouichi Uchiyama

House in Shichiku / Shimpei Oda Architect’s Office

© shinkenchiku-sha

Architects:
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Shimpei Oda
Area: 53.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: shinkenchiku-sha

House at Matsubara / Atelier HAKO Architects

© Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

Architects: Atelier HAKO Architects
Location: Matsubara, , Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Yukinobu Nanashima, Tomomi Sano
Area: 86 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Shinsuke Kera/Urban Arts

Hairmake Enchante / Nakasai Architects

© Syouichi Uchiyama

Architects: Nakasai Architects
Location: , Prefecture,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Syouichi Uchiyama

Suehiro House / ALTS Design Office

Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Architects: ALTS Design Office
Location: Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Sumiou Mizumoto & Yoshitaka Kuga
Area: 146 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Yotsubako / Mount Fuji Architects Studio + Taisei Design Planners Architects

© Ken’ichi Suzuki

Architects: Mount Fuji Architects Studio + Taisei Design Planners Architects
Location: Kanagawa Prefecture,
Design Team: Masahiro Harada, MAO, Naoto Ishii, Tetsuya Mizukami
Area: 1,139 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ken’ichi Suzuki

Azumaya / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

© Daici Ano

Architects: Yuko Nagayama & Associates
Location: , Prefecture,
Area: 20.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Daici Ano

Kinubashi Pharmacy / Soeda and associates Architects

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Soeda and associates Architects
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Takayuki Soeda
Area: 87 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Takumi Ota