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e-architect select interesting design-led Japanese Architecture. We cover completed buildings plus new building designs across Japan. Our focus is on contemporary Japanese buildings.

We have 8 pages of Japanese Architecture selections.

Japanese Architecture : news + key projects (this page)

Japanese Buildings : A-D

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Japanese Building Developments : H-I

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Japanese Building Designs : M-N

Japanese Architectural Designs : O-R

Contemporary Japanese Buildings : S-Z

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Architecture in Japan, chronological:

Hakko Kyoto – 29 Aug 2013
Design: Osamu Morishita Architect & Associates
Hakko Kyoto Showroom in Japan
photo from architect

These transparent layers will be like a strong screen which consciously divides one side from another. On the other hand the semi-transparent layers will be like a filter which connects inside and outside. Because people can feel only the atmosphere of the other side, they will need to imagine the opposite world. That kind of behavior will create a sensitive connection between the opposing sides. By mixing these transparent and semitransparent layers we can make people feel the deepness of the space where people feel more desire for their favorite cars. Among the layers we tried to create spaces.

Step Tower Osaka, Osaka – 21 Aug 2013
Architects: EASTERN design office
Step tower Osaka Building
photograph : Koichi Torimura

A stark white ship that sails in the middle of the bustling sea of colors.
The ship floating on the ocean suddenly appears in a shopping center. It evokes a feeling not of a resort area, but of an exotic corner of a town in some southern country. A feeling of a ship that comes across this area by chance. It makes you imagine the wave splashes that occur when the bow heads-on through the sea.

Le Comptoir de Fruit et Légumes, Higashiku, Nagoya, Aichi
Design: Kotaro HORIUCHI / KHA – Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture INC
Yatsushiro Municipal Museum Japan
photo from architects

Le Comptoir de Fruit et Légumes in Higashiku – 16 May 2013
Mini architecture – organic forms built using stacked free-flowing plates to maximise function in a tight space. The counter slides through the wall, while the spiral runs along a smooth curved surface reaching to the ceiling. The form of the curved surface was changed and it computed so that the needed function might be absorbed, always having in mind the ease of use. The new design follows variations generated using parametric design.

House in Muko, Kyoto, central-southern Japan
Design: Fujiwara Architects
Muko Building
photo : Yano Toshiyuki

House in Muko – 2 Apr 2013
A mezzanine-floored residence consisting of a single-roomed space, located on a fan-shaped site. The movements of the sun can be felt inside the house all throughout the year. Light coming from the east strikes the louvered boards before entering the house and reaching deep into its interior.

House in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, south east Japan
Design: Shigeru Fuse Architects
House in Abiko
photo from architect

House in Abiko – added 29 Jan 2013
This project is a home for a couple in their thirties. The client required a gallery-like space where their designer furniture could stans out.

Japanese Building – Recent Designs

House in Asamayama, Nagano, central Japan
Design: Kidosaki Architects Studio
House inAsamayama House Residence Property
photograph : 45g Photography

House in Asamayama  – 23 Oct 2012
This is a striking new Japanese house that juts out over a steep slope.

Light stage house, Hiroshima, south west Japan
Bunzo Ogawa
Hiroshima House
photograph : Toshiyuki Yano

Light stage house – added 12 Mar 2012
The concept of this house, “sunlight stage” is a proposal of the way of taking sunlight on the site where the condition of sunlight is severe.

Ring Around a Tree, Fuji
Tezuka Architects
Fuji Kindergarten
photograph : Katsuhisa Kida

Ring Around a Tree – 29 Sep 2011

Japanese Architecture – Major Buildings

Major Architecture in Japan, alphabetical:

Armani/Ginza Tower, Tokyo
Massimiliano Fuksas Architects
Armani/Ginza Tower
photo : Ramon Prat

Armani/Ginza Tower
Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima, Kagawa
Architect: Tadao Ando
Chichu Art Museum
photo : FUJITSUKA Mitsumasa

Chichu Art Museum
Fragile Shelter, Sapporo, north Japan
Hidemi Nishida
Fragile Shelter
photo : Anna Nagai

Fragile Shelter Hokkaido
Fuji Kindergarten, Tachikawa, Tokyo
Tezuka Architects
Japanese Kindergarten Building
photo : Katsuhisa Kida

Fuji Kindergarten
Hoki Museum, Chiba, central Japan
Nikken Sekkei
Hoki Museum Building
picture : Harunori Noda

Hoki Museum
Kure City Ondo Civic Center, Hiroshima
Kengo Kuma & Associates
Japanese Civic Center
photo from architects

Japanese Civic Center
Leaf Chapel, Yamanashi
klein dytham architecture
Leaf Chapel Japan
picture from architect

Leaf Chapel Yamanashi
Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, Tokyo
Tange Associates Architects
Cocoon Tower Tokyo
photo : Koji Horiuchi

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower
Mountains & Opening House
EASTERN design office
Mountains & Opening House Japan
photograph : Koichi Torimrua

Mountains & Opening House
Musashino Art University Building
Sou Fujimoto Architects
Musashino Art University Building
photograph from architect

Musashino Art University Building
Nebuta-no-ie Warasse, north Japan
molo + d/dt Arch + Frank la Rivière Arch.
Nebuta-no-ie Warasse
photo : Shigeo Ogawa

Nebuta-no-ie Warasse
Prada Store
Herzog and de Meuron
Prada Store Tokyo
picture © James Whitaker 2009

Prada Store Tokyo
SHELL building, Karuizawa, Nagano
Kotaro Ide / ARTechnic architects
SHELL villa
picture : Nacasa & Partners Inc

SHELL villa
TBWAHakuhodo, Tokyo
Klein Dytham architecture
photograph : Kozo Takayama

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

Teshima Art Museum
Yokohama Port Terminal, Tokyo
Foreign Office Architects
Yokohama Ferry Terminal
picture via RIAS in 2004

Yokohama Ferry Terminal

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Japanese Architects

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa
photograph © 2008 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA

Modern Japanese Building

National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo – 1959 by Le Corbusier

Japanese architect : Tadao Ando

Japan Architecture Tour

Japanese architect : Fumihiko Maki

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