japanese architecture

Tokujin Yoshioka’s Glass Tea House is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese architecture

Tokujin Yoshioka’s Glass Tea House is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese architecture

Yoshioka, a designer famous for the use of transparent materials, chose to clad the modern teahouse in glass to preserve the pavilion’s spectacular views and create a seamless integration with nature.

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100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally incomplete look

100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally incomplete look

Each room of the timber-framed home is lined with plywood. Left unstained, the plywood covers every wall, floor, and ceiling and makes the house look almost like a construction job left undone. The

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These two homes reach toward one another to create a beautiful modern archway

These two homes reach toward one another to create a beautiful modern archway

This lovely arched structure is actually two homes, composed together to create a unique archway that stretches across this residential street. Japan-based Naf Architect & Design created this unique

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Kengo Kuma wins design competition for new Paris Metro station

Kengo Kuma wins design competition for new Paris Metro station

Japan-based architecture firm Kengo Kuma & Associates has been named as the winner of the design competition for a new Paris Metro station. The 45,000-square-metre metro stop, located in the northern

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Hiroshi Nakamura’s Nasu Tepee home features a cluster of timber-clad peaks mingling with the trees

Hiroshi Nakamura’s Nasu Tepee home features a cluster of timber-clad peaks mingling with the trees

From the exterior, a guest may not be able to immediately discern whether the home is a collection of small buildings or one cohesive space. The playful curiosity raised by this uncertainty is quenched

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Kengo Kuma reveals plans to update Tokyo hospital with a garden at its heart

Kengo Kuma reveals plans to update Tokyo hospital with a garden at its heart

Medical facilities are, generally speaking, rather cold spaces, but they don't have to be that way. Kengo Kuma and Associates has released their plans to replace an aging medical center in southwest Tokyo

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Life Style Koubou’s House In Itsuura is a timber treehouse-like home in Japan

Life Style Koubou’s House In Itsuura is a timber treehouse-like home in Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4WN8VaKGBE The elongated house is perched on two organically formed supports. The architects expect that, with time, the timber structure will eventually weather into

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Modern Japanese home creatively finds extra room in a repurposed train car

Modern Japanese home creatively finds extra room in a repurposed train car

When architect Takanobu Kishimoto was commissioned to build his client’s house, he originally planned to remove the old train car that occupied the site. After he learned that the old relic had historic

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PHOTOS: Weird But Wonderful Japanese Victorian Mash-Up Home Adds Flair to Brooklyn Neighborhood

PHOTOS: Weird But Wonderful Japanese Victorian Mash-Up Home Adds Flair to Brooklyn Neighborhood

If asked where this very unique home was located, New York City probably wouldn't be your guess - but that's exactly where it is! The curious Japanese/Victorian mash-up house can be found in the Park

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The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Japanese retailer recently built their first new dwelling in Tokyo. Designed to maximize its small city plot, it features three levels with a minimalist aesthetic that's so common in Japanese

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This brilliant house fits perfectly into its mountain site, thanks to computer mapping

This brilliant house fits perfectly into its mountain site, thanks to computer mapping

The architects used raw materials for both the interior and exterior. Concrete slabs and OSB sheets are projected away from the main volume of the house, while an angled roof protects the interior from

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Ant House hides an innovative wood interior behind a metal-clad cube in Japan

Ant House hides an innovative wood interior behind a metal-clad cube in Japan

Completed in 2012, the 713-square-foot Ant House design encapsulates the mA-style architects' signature minimalist and playful style, which relies on ambiguous spaces and a restrained materials palette

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Sinato adds space for three and a mezzanine reading room to Fujigaoka T apartment

Sinato adds space for three and a mezzanine reading room to Fujigaoka T apartment

How did they do it? The Tokyo-based architecture firm studied the structural configuration of the space and realized the suspended ceiling was positioned much lower than the actual slab. So they

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This Mirror-Clad Japanese Cafe Reflects the Gorgeous Cherry Blossoms Surrounding It

This Mirror-Clad Japanese Cafe Reflects the Gorgeous Cherry Blossoms Surrounding It

The cafe is located in Gifu, Japan on a major tourist route. The site prompted the architects to design an unforgettable road stop for design-loving coffee drinkers. The cafe, fittingly named Mirrors, is

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House in Byoubuguara Uses Curved Floors to Maximize a Small Footprint in Japan

House in Byoubuguara Uses Curved Floors to Maximize a Small Footprint in Japan

Hosaka's creative design solution isn't just for looks--an innovative approach was necessary to mitigate the challenging and cramped site conditions. Sandwiched between existing buildings on the south and

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Hamada’s Glass + Wood Building Wraps Around Living Trees in Japan

Hamada’s Glass + Wood Building Wraps Around Living Trees in Japan

The building accommodates a beauty salon on the ground floor, while the upper floor houses the office of the owner's property company. Red cedar covers the volumes that frame the glazed frontages. Even

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Walk Barefoot on Ito’s New Green-Roofed Science Museum in Japan

Walk Barefoot on Ito’s New Green-Roofed Science Museum in Japan

Located in a former factory site, the architects' aim was to create a building that could bring back an interest in, and pay homage to science and industry. A museum, communications centre and archive

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Gorgeous Charred-Cedar Clads an Oasis of Calm at a Three-Road Juncture in Tokyo

Gorgeous Charred-Cedar Clads an Oasis of Calm at a Three-Road Juncture in Tokyo

The building’s gorgeous façade is made from charred cedar wood, which is weather- and decay-resistant. It was built on a sloping 230-square-meter site located at a junction between three roads in

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Want Some Earthquake-Resistant House With That Garden?

Want Some Earthquake-Resistant House With That Garden?

Located in Sakura-shi, Chiba prefecture, this brilliant home gives the inhabitants the impression of living inside a sheltered garden. Also known as the House in a Garden, it features large windows all

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Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

PABLO's new Yokohama store combines the bakery and retail component with a cafe seating area in the back. Customers are able to watch the process of making of the fluffy cheese tarts at the front of the

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Garden-Filled Japanese Home Fights Railway Noise With Flourishing Greenery

Garden-Filled Japanese Home Fights Railway Noise With Flourishing Greenery

K2YT's House-K is a rectilinear residence located on a corner plot next to a noisy railway. In order to create a serene atmosphere for the two resident families, the architects created enclosed courtyards

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Funky and Modern KHT House Accommodates Two Families Under an Asymmetric Roof

Funky and Modern KHT House Accommodates Two Families Under an Asymmetric Roof

Topped by a concave roof, the east side of the house offers a one-story space for the older generation, whereas the two-story space located on the residence's western half accommodates the younger family.

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Hidden Grass Cave House Offers the Perfect Sanctuary for an Urban Recluse in Japan

Hidden Grass Cave House Offers the Perfect Sanctuary for an Urban Recluse in Japan

The house is situated on a V-shaped site that forced the architects to think outside the box and come up with a space which would maximize the narrow plot's potential. One of the building's floating

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Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Trademark Fujimori charred cedar wood beams form the structure inside. The architect works with a group of volunteers made up of friends and students called the Jomon Company, named after the Neolithic

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A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office’s House in Yagi

A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office’s House in Yagi

House in Yagi isn't completely finished. In fact, the home was designed to not be completely finished even when the owner moved in - the concept was for the home to only meet the most basic needs. Suppose

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INTERVIEW: Takaharu Tezuka Incorporates Nature and Function in Architecture

INTERVIEW: Takaharu Tezuka Incorporates Nature and Function in Architecture

Westerners often look on in bewilderment at Japanese architectural design. The West is more accustomed to the idea that worth runs parallel to pageantry and plethora, to the point where it is assumed that

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6 Fascinating Architectural Oddities That Can Be Found in Brooklyn

6 Fascinating Architectural Oddities That Can Be Found in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has earned a reputation as one of the most unique places in the world, but did you know that some of the borough's architecture is just as quirky as its people? From a home that can't decide

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Fujiwarramuro Architects Squeeze Skinny Light-filled Nada House into Tiny Lot in Japan

Fujiwarramuro Architects Squeeze Skinny Light-filled Nada House into Tiny Lot in Japan

Clad in timber, Fujiwarramuro Architects' skinny house rises high above its neighbors in the residential area of the crowded Nada district. The front door is recessed within the large garage opening that

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Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

Kuma's eye-catching cake shop stands in the middle of a residential area in Tokyo's Aoyama, with a memorable cloud-like shape. The intricate structure takes inspiration from traditional bamboo baskets,

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Case House: A Daring Loft-Style Home With Playful Twisting Staircases

Case House: A Daring Loft-Style Home With Playful Twisting Staircases

Though Case is located in a typical suburban subdivision, Jun Igarashi Architects’ final design is anything but traditional. The minimalist, cuboid form features a completely open plan and loft-style

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