Japanese Houses, Residential Architecture, Architects, Property Design, Homes, Photos
Key Contemporary Residential Buildings in Japan, New Homes in Far East Asia
post updated 28 Apr 2018
Japanese House Designs
Contemporary Japanese Properties
Japanese Architecture Design – chronological list
We have various pages of Contemporary Japanese House selections with links to hundreds of individual project pages. We aim to select projects that are either of top quality or interesting or ideally both.
We cover completed Japanese homes, new house designs, architectural exhibitions and competitions across Japan. Comments on the selection welcome. The focus is on contemporary Japanese residential buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.
e-architect have 4 pages of Japanese house designs:
Japanese House : A-C (this page)
Japanese Homes : D-K
Japanese House Designs : P-Z
New Properties in Japan – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:
15 Nov 2017
The Clearwater Building, Niseko, Hokkaido, Northern Japan
Design: Seshimo Architects + Peter Hahn Associates
photography: Junji Kojima / 45gPhotography, Aaron Jamieson
Hokkaido vacation home
This vacation home on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido sits on a bluff with a view of Mt. Yotei (also called Ezo Fuji for its resemblance to Mt. Fuji), overlooking a river that meanders slowly along the base of the mountain. The structure cantilevers out over the bluff as if to float amidst the surrounding nature. Its name, The Clearwater, is derived from the pure snowmelt from Mt. Yotei that flows in the river below.
5 Sep 2017
House in Matsuyacho, Osaka
Design: Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates
photo : Shigeo Ogawa
House in Matsuyacho
The solution arrived at by the architects was to build out as close as possible to the neighboring houses, tracing the silhouette of the previous structure, but to also carve out small gardens on three sides.
28 Aug 2017
House in Hoshigaoka, Hirakata-shi, Osaka
Design: Shogo ARATANI Architect & Associates
photograph : Shigeo Ogawa
House in Hoshigaoka
The site is located in North Eastern part of Osaka prefecture, where its surrounding neighborhood in mature residential quarter remains quiet, even though it is just a little away from a main road. This is a project to design a small house for three adult residents – an elderly couple and their grown up child.
11 Jun 2017
Contemporary Residence in Muko, Kyoto
Design: Fujiwara Architects
photo : Yano Toshiyuki
A mezzanine-floored residence consisting of a single-roomed space, located on a fan-shaped site.
4 Jun 2017
House in Kaga City, Chūbu region, Honshū island
photo : Yasuhito Inamori
House in Kaga City
The request from the client was “a house that can feel the resort feeling”. In order to look at the beautiful scenery, the architects created terraces at residential buildings and shops and direct the resort. The outer wall is cedar boarded and has a calm finish according to the surrounding environment.
17 Feb 2017
Hafye House, Odawara City, Kanagawa
photo : Hiroshi Ueda
Hafye House in Odawara City
Located in a terraced residential district, the lot for this project was half flat and half sloping. Nearby is Odawara Castle, built in the 15th century. The property looks down on the neighborhood that grew up around the castle, and beyond that Sagami Bay and Enoshima island in the distance.
18 Nov 2016
House Wago, Shizuoka
Design: msd-office, architects
photos : Tadafumi Masuda / msd-office, Yasutaka Shimizu / NINE SENSE
Contemporary House in Shizuoka
This Japanese residential building consists of a two stories high rectangular box with a meter deep balcony, which functions both as a semi-outdoor corridor connecting the rooms on the upper floor, and as a roof over the ground floor entrance porch and veranda.
27 Oct 2016
Kakko House, Osaka
photo : Keishiro Yamada
Kakko House in Osaka
The expanded metal stair connects each floors and spreads the sun light inside. In this house, occupants are living like birds swinging from branch to branch.
Recent Japanese Houses
Japanese Homes – Archive
6 Sep 2013
House in Akiya, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa, central-southern Japan
Design: Nobuo Araki/The Archetype
photo : BAUHAUS NEO
House in Akiya
This is a two-story weekend house with a rooftop deck near Tokyo. The house is structured in order for the owner, a photographer based in Tokyo, and his family to fully enjoy the environment during the weekends. The house includes several points that can help refresh their minds after their busy work week. At the entrance, they have the options to go directly to the living room or to take the stairs to the rooftop deck.
29 Jan 2013
House in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, south east Japan
Design: Shigeru Fuse Architects
photo from architect
House in Abiko
This project is a residence for a couple in their thirties, built in Abiko City. The client desired a gallery-like concrete-made space where their pleasure of designed furniture stands out.
30 Nov 2012
House in Yamasaki, Hyogo, central Japan
Design: Tato architects
photo : Ken’ichi Suzuki
This is a house in the northern part of Hyogo Prefecture for a couple and their two children. The construction site is a part of a place surrounded by mountains and the sky is overcast most of the days. I wanted to create light, stable indoor climate and came up with a plan of three sheds of house type arranged on a 1.8 m high, grey foundation platform.
23 Oct 2012
House in Asamayama, Nagano, central Japan
Design: Kidosaki Architects Studio
photo : 45g Photography
House in Asamayama
Stunning new Japanese house that floats out over a steep slope. The architects describe it like this: “The owner spent quite a few years for found this site, therefore my main concern was to link the beautiful vast sea of trees spread out to Mt. Asama (Asamayama in Japanese) with internal space. First of all, we can enjoy a sea of trees from the approach deck to the entrance. When open the large door to the living room, Mt. Asama and the foot of it spread in picture window frame formed by the deep and low-height eaves. This scenery is the best part of the view”.
2 Jun 2012
Nest, Kichijouji, Tokyo
Iida archiship studio
photo : Ken’ichi Suzuki
The site is located on south-west area of on Kichijyoji train station facing a beautiful Zelkova street which runs through Inogashira Park in a direction perpendicular to Inogashira street which is one of major streets in Tokyo. Considering rebuilding the decrepit office building, the complex building which was consisted with the office, shops and rented apartment was organized to be suitable for the context. The deformed volume was lead by a north diagonal restriction and sun shadow control.
22 Apr 2012
House in Senri, Suita, Osaka
photograph : Nagaishi Hidehiko
House in Senri
This residence is planned for a family, husband, wife and their son.
25 Mar 2012
Atelier Tenjinyama, Gunma
Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
photograph : Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
2 Mar 2012
Complex house, Nagoya, central Japan
Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates
photo from architects
The client family of this house needed many small rooms within a relatively small space. So, the architects firstly examined the possibility of a row of small, deep rooms. After the concept was fixed, the architects considered different widths depending on suitable scales for each of the rooms. Then they edited the composition of the sections.
17 May 2011
The black floatings, Chiba, southeast Japan
STUDIO・NOA architect ＆ associates
photograph from architect
House in Yotsukaido
Located in suburb area, House in Yotsukaido is a residence that looks to merge the boundaries between private interior space and the context. A non transference glass terrace connects to the home. Thick walls surround the outdoor area, shielding the owner from outside eyes, while maintaining a sense of exposure to the nature. a single square opening cuts through the enclosure, framing a nearby retention basin and the neighborhood beyond.
Japanese House Architecture
Houses in Japan, alphabetical:
Black House, Kobe-city, Hyogo Prefecture
Tadashi Suga Architect
photo : Yoshiharu Matsumura
image from architect
Casa Wakasa, Osaka
image : Koji Nagasawa
Column and Slab House, Tokyo
photograph : Koichi Torimura
Column and Slab House
The Covered House
Naoi architecture & design office
photo : Hiroshi Ueda
The Covered House
Crystal brick house – housing, Tokyo
photograph : Makoto Yoshida
Crystal Brick House
Japanese Houses – No Images
Chiaroscuro House, Tokyo
Ushida Findlay Architects
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Japanese Architecture Designs – chronological list
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