Contemporary Japanese Buildings – Japan

Contemporary Japanese Architecture, Architects, Proposals, Projects, Design, News

Contemporary Japanese Buildings

Key Property + Architectural Developments in Japan, Asia

Contemporary Buildings in Japan

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Contemporary Japanese Buildings. We aim to select top quality and interesting buildings in Japan. e-architect cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and competitions across Japan. The focus is on contemporary Japanese buildings but information on traditional Japanese buildings is also welcome.

We have 7 pages of Japanese Architecture selections.

Japanese Architecture : news + key projects

Japanese Buildings : A-D

Japanese Architecture Designs : E-G

Japanese Building Developments : H-I

Japanese Architecture Developments : J-L

Japanese Building Designs : M-R

Contemporary Japanese Buildings : S-Z (this page)

Contemporary Japanese Buildings

Architecture Designs – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Yurihonjo City Cultural Center, Akita Prefecture, Honshu, northwest Japan
Architects: chiaki arai urban and architectural design
Cultural Center Kadare Building
photograph © 2012 Taisuke Ogawa

Yurihonjo City Cultural Center – 17 Aug 2012
This is a complex institution composed of Multipurpose Transforming Theater, Library and Community Center. Originally, this project had two sites sandwiching a road. We combined sites by placing an indoor “Gathering Steet” which gives access to each function. Its fissure like form lets sunlight into the deep center of the building.

Small House in Meguro-ku, south of Tokyo
Hiroyuki Unemori architects – added
Meguro-ku House
photograph : Ken Sasajima

Small House in Meguro-ku – added 8 Mar 2012
The small house which the married couple and their child live stands at the densely populated area in Tokyo. Though the neighboring houses is very close, I aimed to design the house which exceed the physical narrowness living at the city.

Shima Kitchen, Teshima, Seto Inland Sea, Western Japan
Atelier Ryo Abe
Shima Kitchen Building
photo © Atelier Ryo Abe

Shima Kitchen – added 2 Mar 2012
This building was a renovation project to create a venue for arts and dinning from an old vacant house in a village on Teshima, a rural island in the Seto Inland Sea of Western Japan. Around this old house were vacant lands where several other buildings had been demolished a long time ago.

TOD, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Toyo Ito & Associates
TOD’S Omotesando Building Tokyo
photo : Nacasa & Partners Inc.
TOD’S Omotesando Building – added

Tower of Winds, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Toyo Ito & Associates
Tower of Winds Japan
photo : Tomio Ohashi
Tower of Winds – added

Major Contemporary Architecture in Japan, alphabetical:

Saint-Gobain Headquarters, Kojimachi
albert abut architecture
Saint-Gobain Headquarters
photo from architect

Saint-Gobain Headquarters
Sarou Houmura, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Nakayama Architects
Sapporo building
photo from architect

Sapporo architecture
Seashore Shell House, Chiba
Takeshi Hirobe Architects
Seashore Shell Home Japan
photo : Koichi Torimura

Seashore Shell House
Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi-Sendai
Toyo Ito & Associates
Sendai Mediatheque Japan
photo : Nacasa & Partners Inc.
Sendai Mediatheque
SHELL building, Karuizawa, Nagano
Kotaro Ide / ARTechnic architects
SHELL villa
picture : Nacasa & Partners Inc

SHELL villa
Shin-Marunouchi Building, Tokyo
Hopkins Architects
Shin-Marunouchi Tokyo
photograph : Miyagawa Inc

Tokyo architecture
Shinjuku Gardens, Tokyo
cheungvogl
Japanese Car Park Building
image from architect

Shinjuku Gardens Building
Shounan House, Kanagawa
Jun Igarashi Architects
Kanagawa House
photograph : Iwan Baan

Shounan House
Silver Hut House, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
Toyo Ito
Silver Hut House Tokyo
photo : Tomio Ohashi
Silver Hut House
Stadium600 building, Nagoya
K.Associates
Stadium600
picture © Hitoyuki Hitai

Japanese stadium architecture
Strata House, Hyogo Prefecture
Tadashi Suga Architect
Strata House
photo: Yoshiharu Matsumura

Strata House
Suntory Museum of Art
Kengo Kuma & Associates
Suntory Museum of Art
image : Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

Suntory Museum of Art
Tama Art University Library, Tokyo
Toyo Ito
Tama Art University Library Tokyo
photo : Ishiguro Photographic Institute
Art University Library
Tanigami Office + Gallery, Kobe-city
Junya Toda Architect & Associates
Kobe-city architecture
image from architect

Kobe-city architecture
TBWAHakuhodo, Tokyo
Klein Dytham architecture
TBWAHakuhodo
photograph : Kozo Takayama

TBWAHakuhodo Tokyo
Teshima Art Museum
Ryue Nishizawa + Rei Naito
Teshima Art Museum Building
photograph : Noboru Morikawa

Teshima Art Museum
Tokiwa House, Sakai City
Kenji Tagashira
Tokiwa House
photograph : Kei Sugino

Japanese Home
Tokyo Matsuya Unity, Higashiueno
Hugo Kohno Architects Associates
Tokyo Matsuya Unity
photo : Isao Imbe

Tokyo Matsuya Unity
Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Ehime
Toyo Ito
Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture
photo : Daici Ano
Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture
United Bamboo Store, Daikanyama
Acconci Studio
United Bamboo Tokyo
picture from architects

Japanese retail architecture
Water/Glass Villa, Shizuoka Prefecture
Kengo Kuma & Associates
Water Villa
picture : Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

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White Blue Black, Tokyo
Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects
White Blue Black
photo : Future-scape Architecture

White Blue Black
Wind-dyed house, Yokohama
Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa
Wind-dyed house Japan
photograph : Hiroshi Ueda

Wind-dyed house
Yokohama Port Terminal, Tokyo
Foreign Office Architects
Yokohama Ferry Terminal
picture via RIAS in 2004

Yokohama Ferry Terminal
Yatsushiro Municipal Museum, Kumamoto
Toyo Ito
Yatsushiro Municipal Museum Japan
photo : Tomio Ohashi
Municipal Museum
Za-Koenji Public Theatre, Tokyo
Toyo Ito
Za-Koenji Public Theatre Tokyo
photo from architect
Za-Koenji Public Theatre
Zen house, Hiroshima
Ryuichi Furumoto
Zen house
picture from architects

Zen house

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Architecture Designs – S-Z, alphabetical:

Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
1978-82
Kisho Kurokawa

Sakurajosui – House
1997-2000
Toyo Ito & Associates

Sapporo Dome Stadium, Sapporo City, Hokkaido, northern Japan
2001
Hiroshi Hara

Sea Viewing Platform, Toyama

Tom Heneghan – The Architecture Factory

Schools Vacation Cabins, Hiroshima

Tom Heneghan – The Architecture Factory

Senkantei, Hyogo, Japan
1992-93
Kisho Kurokawa

Shiga Kogen Roman Art Museum, Yamanouchi
1994-97
Kisho Kurokawa

Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Izumoshi, Shimne
2006
Maki And Associates

Shirasagi Bridge
1995
Atelier Hitoshi Abe

Showroom + store, Kyoto

David Chipperfield, Architects

Silver Hut house, Tokyo
1984
Toyo Ito & Associates

Sin Den hair salon, Jingumae

Klein Dytham

Soft and Hairy House, Ibaraki Prefecture, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki
1994
Ushida Findlay Architects

Softopia Japan, Gifu
1990-96
Kisho Kurokawa

Sony Tower, Osaka, Japan
1972-76
Kisho Kurokawa

Spiral Wall House, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
1994
Ushida Findlay Architects

Swatch – Retail & Office Tower, Ginza, Tokyo
2007
Shigeru Ban

Takasugi-an : Too-High Teahouse
2004
Terunobu Fujimori

Tanpopo House – Dandelion House
1995
Terunobu Fujimori + Yoshio Uchida

Tateshina Planetarium, Hiroshima
1976
Kisho Kurokawa

T-House
2005
Sou Fujimoto Architects

Tokyo Apartments

Sou Fujimoto Architects

Tokyo City Hall, Tower I, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
1991
Tange Associates
243m high

Tokyo Club building, Tokyo
2005
Yoshio Taniguchi

Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo
1989-96
Rafael Vinoly Architects

Tokyo Tower, Minato-ku, Tokyo
1958
Nikken Sekkei Ltd. with Tachu Naito
333m high, based on Eiffel Tower, 30 higher

Tokyo University Library
2007
Shigeru Ban

Too Tall Teahouse, Nagano Prefecture
2004
Terunobu Fujimori

Toyoda Memorial Hall Renovation, Nagoya, Aichi
2007
Maki And Associates

Toyota Auto, Kyoto, Japan
1989-90/93
David Chipperfield Architects

Toyota City Stadium, Toyota City, Japan
1997-2001
Kisho Kurokawa

Truss Wall House, Machida-city, Tokyo
1993
Ushida Findlay Architects

The Whispering Bridge, Toyama

Tom Heneghan – The Architecture Factory

Uniqlo, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
2007
Klein Dytham Architecture

Vertical Horizon, Tokyo
1991
Ushida Findlay Architects

Wacoal Kojimachi Building, Tokyo
1982-84
Kisho Kurokawa

Wakayama – The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
1990-94
Kisho Kurokawa

Water/Glass Villa, Shizuoka Prefecture
1997
Kengo Kuma & Associates

Wedding Chapel, Osaka

Jun Aoki & Associates

White U house
1976
Toyo Ito & Associates

Y House, Chita, Aichi, Nagoya City
2005
Power Unit Studio, Tokyo

Y House, Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture
2005
Atelier A5

YKK guest house, Kurabe

Fumihiko Maki

YKK Dormitory / Guest house, Kurobe
1991-98
Herman Hertzberger
YKK Dormitory YKK Dormitory Kurobe
photos © NN

Yokohama Landmark Tower, Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama
1993
Stubbins Associates

Yokohama Sportsman Club, Kanagawa Prefecture
1990
Ushida Findlay Architects

Yurakucho Canopy, Tokyo

Dewhurst Macfarlane Engineers with Rafael Vinoly Architects
One of the most considered + beautiful pieces of architecture in years – sublime!

Yusuhara Town Hall, Yusuhara, Kochi Prefecture
2007
Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Tokyo Architecture

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