Calm / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Tokyo,
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 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

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Architects: Suppose Design Office, Ohno Japan
Location: , 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 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 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

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Architects: Another APARTMENT
Location: , Japan
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, Japan
Area: 50.91 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Future-scape Architects

House I / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: Tochigi, Tochigi Prefecture,
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

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Architects: Niji Architects
Location: Ushimadocho Ushimado, Setouchi, Okayama Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Masafumi Harada
Participants: , 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 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, Japan
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

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

Veterinarian N House / Eureka + Atelier CHOCOLATE

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

Shirasu Residence / ARAY Architecture

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Architects: ARAY Architecture
Location: Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Asei Suzuki
Area: 143 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daici Ano

Why Japan is Crazy About Housing

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Japan is famous for its radical . But as 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?

M House / Facet Studio

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Architects: Facet Studio
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Design Team: Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih
Area: 188 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Facet Studio

Sugiura House / Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates

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Architects: Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates
Location: , Gifu Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Yokogawa Ken
Area: 191.45 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Shinkenchiku-sha Co. Ltd, Ken Yokogawa

House in Tsurumaki / Case-Real

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Architects: Case-Real
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Koichi Futatusmata, Yasushi Arikawa
Area: 61.2 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Sakurai House / Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates

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Architects: Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates
Location: , Chiba Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Ken Yokogawa, Kazunori Yadomoto, Takamichi Kawakatsu
Structural Engineers: Ryozo Umezawa, Motonori Toyama
Landscape Designer: GA Yamazaki
General Contractor: Takuji Miyashita, Kazuki Shimomoto
Area: 267.29 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd., Ken Yokogawa