japanese architecture

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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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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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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Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects Create a Snug and Playful Pod-Shaped Home

Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects Create a Snug and Playful Pod-Shaped Home

Designed for a family of three, the small home by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects maintains strong connections and sight lines with its surroundings. Natural light streams into large windows and skylights

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Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

The low, angular profile of the striking museum was created to emulate the mountainous landscape and the flow of nearby Yabe River. Different materials and textures, including green walls and solar

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Kengo Kuma Unveils Gorgeous Geometric Pavilion For Japan’s Kyushu Geibunkan Museum

Kengo Kuma Unveils Gorgeous Geometric Pavilion For Japan’s Kyushu Geibunkan Museum

Visitors at the recently opened Kyushu Geibunkan museum in Japan will be thrilled to discover the museum's flexible wooden annex. Designed as a space for pottery and art, the wood pavilion provides great

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Ido Kenji’s Tamatsu House is a Narrow, Daylit Home with a Twist

Ido Kenji’s Tamatsu House is a Narrow, Daylit Home with a Twist

The owners’ former wooden house (which stood at the site) was too dark and wasn’t suited for a family. The main requirement for the new house was a spacious and daylit living room which wouldn’t

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Kengo Kuma’s Boat-Shaped V&A at Dundee Museum Gets Green Light for Construction

Kengo Kuma’s Boat-Shaped V&A at Dundee Museum Gets Green Light for Construction

Kengo Kuma won a competition to design the V&A at Dundee in Scotland back in 2010, but the architect's original plan for a boat-shaped building cantilevered over the water turned out to be too costly, so

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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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Airhouse Transforms an Old Warehouse into a Brilliant Family Home in Japan

Airhouse Transforms an Old Warehouse into a Brilliant Family Home in Japan

Airhouse Design Office uses efficient, simple and cost-effective solutions that give existing structures a brand new purpose. One example is The House in Yoro, an open Japanese family home in a

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4N House: Fukushima Survivors’ New Home is Raised On Stilts in Nara, Japan

4N House: Fukushima Survivors’ New Home is Raised On Stilts in Nara, Japan

By stacking the house on pilots, Ninkipen! achieved a variety of purposes: minimal site disturbance, which is great, maximizing space for the owner's two children to play, and extending the outdoor space.

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Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

The modest 4,562 square-meter hotel has an angled roof and is wrapped in fast-growing bamboo. A timber shelter hovers over the entrance, which leads to an expansive reception area that then leads to the

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Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Faced with a lifeless space, Naf might have gutted the entire interior of this strange Japanese home. Instead, saving energy and materials, the self-styled design team inserted a gorgeous wooden box that

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Japan’s Quirky Outside (Outside) ((Outside)) House Combines Four Mini-Houses Under One Roof

Japan’s Quirky Outside (Outside) ((Outside)) House Combines Four Mini-Houses Under One Roof

The outside structure of the home is almost like a barn -- a grandiose open space with a high peaked ceiling. With slatted siding continuing throughout, the entire space is filled with natural light,

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Transparent F3 House by Koh Kitayama Looks Like a Daylight-Filled Industrial Greenhouse

Transparent F3 House by Koh Kitayama Looks Like a Daylight-Filled Industrial Greenhouse

Photo © Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd The F3 House resembles a three-story industrial greenhouse. The glazed outer shell of the house is supported by a steel framing system and finished with glass panels

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