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Hybrid Houses: 15 Projects that Explore the Variations of the Home Office

It's not uncommon to see housing complexes integrate commercial spaces at the ground level, but the challenge of mediating between the private and public realm on a smaller scale, especially with the rise of the home office, has forced architects to explore all aspects of the structure, from the topography it sits on, to the direction of light and wind, to the design and organization the domestic space. This interior focus explores different design solutions that show how architects and interior designers transformed their projects from a living space into a mixed-use typology, taking into account privacy, flexibility, functionality, and predefined spatial requirements.

Baan Priggang / BodinChapa Architects. Image © Witsawarut Kekina10M4D House / guga Urban Architecture. Image © Joonhwan YoonMultiple House / P+S Estudio de Arquitectura. Image © Imagen SubliminalHae-mut-je House and Office / Architecture Studio YEIN. Image © Joonhwan Yoon+ 28

Garage Terrace House / YoshiArchitects

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  • Architects: YoshiArchitects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  52
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2015

Zeze Osaka Coliving House / SWING

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House in Sukumo / Container Design

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Sukumo, Japan
  • Architects: Container Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  106
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Lixil Corporation, Sanwa, Glohe

Shoji Screen House / Yoshiaki Yamashita

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Osaka, Japan

House in Wakayama / spray

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Wakayama, Japan

Courtyard in Kudamatsu / Container Design

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Yamaguchi, Japan
  • Architects: Container Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  104
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2014

House in Sayo / Den Nen Architecture

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Sayo, Japan

House Nara-zaka / Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates

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Nara, Japan

Why Japan is Crazy About Housing

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 & AssociatesHouse in Kohoku / Torafu. Image © Daici AnoHouse in Saijo / Suppose Design Office. Image Courtesy of Nacasa&Partners Inc. HouseT / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects. Image © Hiroyasu Sakaguchi+ 9

House of Awa-cho / Container Design

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Awa, Japan
  • Architects: Container Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  725
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2013

House in Minoh2 / FujiwaraMuro Architects

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Osaka, Japan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  70
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Louis Poulsen

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House in Kyobate / Naoko Horibe

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Nara, Japan
  • Architects: Naoko Horibe:  Naoko Horibe
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2011

Adzuki House / Horibe Naoko Architect Office

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Himeji, Japan
  • Architects: Horibe Naoko Architect Office: Horibe Naoko Architect Office / Naoko Horibe
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  73
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2010

House in Kitabatake / NRM

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Osaka-shi, Japan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  170
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2010

Residence in Kurakuen / NRM

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Kobe-shi, Japan
  • Architects: NRM-Architects Office: Shunichiro Ninomiya and Tomoko Morodome
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  340
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2010