The World as Flux
28 Japanese Houses

Balancing the landscape
5 Projects
Urbanizing the House
5 Projects
Citifying the Interior
7 Projects
Flowing Space
11 Projects

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The World as Flux
Japanese Spatiality


028 The World as Flux_Silvio Carta


Balancing the Landscape

032 The Outside and the Landscape - Japanese Spatial Relations_Andrea Giannotti

036 Pilotis in a Forest_Go Hasegawa & Associates

044 Nest_UID architects

054 House in Hidaka_Suppose Design Office

062 House in Hinomiya_TSC Architects

070 House of Spread_FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

Urbanizing the House

076 Sitting Anywhere, City's Everywhere_Diego Terna

080 Machi Building_UID architects

088 Secret Garden_Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects & Associates 

096 Roof on the Hill_Alphaville

102 AMA House_Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

110 A House Made of Two_Naf Architect & Design

Citifying the Interior

118 Interstitial and Negative Space in Japanese Interior Architecture_Michele Stramezzi

122 Inside Out_Takeshi Hosaka Architects

132 House in Buzen_Suppose Design Office

140 House K_Yoshichika Takagi + Sekkei-Sha

150 House in Kitakami_Nadamoto Yukiko Architects

158 House I_Yoshichika Takagi + Sekkei-Sha

166 YSY Haus_Akitoshi Ukai/AUAU

176 New Kyoto Town House_Alphaville

Flowing Space

184 A Constant Flowing - Japanese Spatial Invention_Andrea Giannotti

188 Small Box House_Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier

196 Mono Struct House_Planet Creations Masato Sekiya Architects
204 Cadre House_Apollo Architects & Associates

210 Branch House_Kino Architects

218 Tree House_Mount Fuji Architects Studio

228 House in Hamadera_Coo Planning

236 Shelf-Pod_Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

244 DG House_Geneto Studio

252 House in Ichijoji_Tadahiro Shimada Architects

258 House in Kobe_Keiichi Sugiyama Architect

266 Shakujii-Y House_Ikeda Yukie Architects

Urbanizing the House

Sitting Anywhere/City’s Everywhere

To describe five projects of Japanese houses, a good place to start is from the words of Norwegian Wood, the Beatles song that talks about open spaces and flexibility, in which the main functions of the house dissolve themselves in a light ambient, without constraints, and display easily a first feature of Japanese residences: the design of spaces that adapt to different uses of the various inhabitants.

The words of Yasunari Kawabata in the novel The Old Capital introduce us, then, to a second characteristic, derived from the first: the design of residential spaces as places of public use, environments that seek to re-create in the home the typical qualities of urban spaces. The houses then become small towns, where public and private places are dissolved in a rich and complex continuity, embodying the description given by Atelier Bow Wow illustrating the Japanese "Fourth-Generation Houses". Written by Diego Terna

Flowing Space

A Constant Flowing - Japanese Spatial Invention
In Japanese culture, in its way of living, the house is the space for private life. The private life is as important as the public life, and the traditional house reflects this fact through specific functions and specific spaces. During the past century, the rapid development of the cities has put the traditional layout of the Japanese house face to face with the increasing density and the consequent rules for the development of the living areas. The result, for the contemporary house, is a mixture of traditional spaces and spatial inventions to keep the inside as comfortable, usable and welcoming as possible. The simplicity and the neatness of these houses, both in concept and details, is outstanding. Yet, we have to understand their relation with the meaning of spatiality and public/private life in Japanese culture. It has to do with the role of the man on Earth, with his behaviours, with social and private life, and with the forces of the nature, that in
Japan are often violent and adverse. In this culture and generally in the oriental cultures, the artificial construction and the space is modelled in harmony with the existing conditions. The most immediate meaning is that the artificial space takes inspiration and accompany the elements of the context, instead of declaring its substantial diversity. Written by Andrea Gianotti