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Zeze Osaka / SWING

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Osaka, Japan
  • Architects: SWING
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 146.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

House in Sukumo / Container Design

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© Eiji Tomita

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Sukumo, Japan
  • Architects: Container Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 106.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Shoji Screen House / Yoshiaki Yamashita

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Osaka, Japan

House in Wakayama / spray

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Wakayama, Japan
  • Architects: spray
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 275.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

Courtyard in Kudamatsu / Container Design

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Yamaguchi, Japan
  • Architects: Container Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 104.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

House in Sayo / Den Nen Architecture

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Sayo, Japan
  • Architects: Den Nen Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 141.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

House Nara-zaka / Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates

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Nara, Japan
  • Architects: Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 139.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

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 & 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

House of Awa-cho / Container Design

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Awa, Japan
  • Architects: Container Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 725.67 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

House in Minoh2 / FujiwaraMuro Architects

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© Shintaro Fujiwara
Osaka, Japan

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House in Kyobate / Naoko Horibe

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Nara, Japan
  • Architects:  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 / Naoko Horibe
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 73.55 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2010

House in Kitabatake / NRM

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Osaka-shi, Japan
  • Architects: NRM-Architects Office
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 170.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2010

Residence in Kurakuen / NRM

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Kobe-shi, Japan
  • Architects: NRM-Architects Office ; Design: Shunichiro Ninomiya and Tomoko Morodome
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 340.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2010