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Curving walls eclipse the glazed facade of a Japanese house. Both curving and straight walls overlap inside this family home in Shiga Prefecture by architect Tsuyoshi Kawata, which was designed to frame views of a nearby park (+ slideshow).

Curving walls eclipse the glazed facade of a Japanese house

Named Park and House, the home was designed by Tsuyoshi Kawata of Osaka architecture studio Tonoma for a residential street near Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. The Toda House by Kimihiko Okada. Japanese architect Kimihiko Okada designed the Toda House in Hiroshima, Japan.

The Toda House by Kimihiko Okada

From the architect The site is located in a residential area developed on a gentle perch in Hiroshima, overlooking a far view of the Inland Sea and Miyajima. The land of this area is developed into platforms form with several levels. The architecture was requested to have a view over the roof of the neighboring house, standing one level lower, and to consider security, for the site is located at the edge of the residential area, and to leave some space for extension when the client opens a small shop in the future. To respond to the requests, the house is lifted from the ground. House of Nagahama by Takashi Okuno frames five courtyard gardens.

This timber-framed house in Japan's Ehime Prefecture was designed by architect Takashi Okuno with a sprawling plan that frames five separate gardens and terraces (+ slideshow).

House of Nagahama by Takashi Okuno frames five courtyard gardens

Named House of Nagahama, the single-storey residence was conceived by Matsuyama-based Takashi Okuno as a chain of rooms that make use of local materials, and that each open up to a different outdoor space. "My concept is to make Japan a more beautiful place to live in," said Okuno. "We build beautiful Japanese houses with the best materials for the local climate. " The house centres around a family living room, which features a pitched roof with exposed wooden ceiling joists. Around this Okuno has created four wings, each accommodating one or more rooms. Villa in Nagano by Cell Space Architects. Cell Space Architects designed the Villa-K in Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan.

Villa in Nagano by Cell Space Architects

Project description This site is located on a hilltop in one of the eminent Karuizawa villa areas. All directions around the site are clear for view in winter.The villa consists of four parts of floors and four parts of roofs around a central pillar.The four floors placed on different levels are connected to the surrounding out space through windows in order to give diverse views for the residents.The inner spaces are divided into four parts and, on the other hand, are connected in a spiral around the central pillar. The four roofs are connected with different angles one another. Yamazaki Kentaro's Unfinished House offers little privacy to residents. There are barely any partitions between the rooms of this family house in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, which was designed by architect Yamazaki Kentaro as an open container that "changes as you design and live in it" (+ slideshow).

Yamazaki Kentaro's Unfinished House offers little privacy to residents

House in Kashiwa, also known as the Unfinished House, provides a flexible residence for a growing family. Japanese architect Yamazaki Kentaro wanted the building to feature several multi-purpose spaces to accommodate the occupants' "future possibilities". The house's layout is shaped by four two-storey boxes, surrounding a generous double-height atrium that functions as the family's living and dining room. While the lower levels of the boxes accommodate typical rooms, the upper levels can be used for different activities. "The second layer has intentionally been left blank so the areas can create space suitable for their increasing hobbies, or wardrobes or a children's room," explained Kentaro.

Photography is by Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office. LT Josai / Naruse Inokuma Architects. Repository / Jun Igarashi Architects. Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects Location: Asahikawa, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan Area: 279 sqm Year: 2012 Photographs: Daici Ano Structural Engineer: Daisuke Hasegawa & Partners Construction Firm: Kyota-gumi From the architect.

Repository / Jun Igarashi Architects

Private residential located north of Japan, Asahikawa, Hokkaido.The site is located on the huge countryside outskirts of Asahikawa. I think the relationship with this landscape. Asahikawa, summer is more than 30 degrees, and winter becomes -30 degrees. Stacking Green house covered in plants by Vo Trong Nghia. A dozen layers of concrete planters create a vertical garden on the facade of this house in Ho Chi Minh City by Vietnamese architects Vo Trong Nghia.

Stacking Green house covered in plants by Vo Trong Nghia

Built for a couple and one of their mothers, the building is 20m deep but just 4m wide, typical of the narrow but long 'tube houses' common in Vietnam. Concrete planters span between the side walls to cover the front and back facades, and are spaced according to the height of the plants. At the rear of the house, an exterior staircase is positioned between the planters and the back wall, while glazing separates the front of the house from the plants. Automatic irrigation pipes fitted inside the planters allow for easy watering and maintenance. A rooftop garden provides shelter from the noise and pollution of the streets below.

Inside the house, there are few partition walls in order to maximise views of the green facades and encourage ventilation. House O / Jun Igarashi Architects. Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects Location: Tokoro District, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan Area: 112 sqm Year: 2009 Photographs: Iwan Baan Structural Engineer: Daisuke Hasegawa & Partners Structure: Timber frame.

House O / Jun Igarashi Architects

Case / Jun Igarashi Architects. Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan Area: 81 sqm Year: 2012 Photographs: Daici Ano Structural Engineer: Daisuke Hasegawa & Partners Structure: Timber frame Construction Firm: Oooka Industry.

Case / Jun Igarashi Architects

Light Walls House by mA-style Architects. Perimeter skylights throw light across a grid of exposed wooden ceiling beams inside our second house this week from Japanese studio mA-style Architects (+ slideshow).

Light Walls House by mA-style Architects

Positioned in a shady location between two neighbouring buildings in Aichi, Japan, the wooden house couldn't have many windows, so mA-style Architects added skylights around each side of the flat roof. Daylight disperses itself through the interior by bouncing off both the ceiling beams and the laminated wooden walls. "The design intended to create a space with uniformly distributed light by adjusting the way of letting daylight in and the way of directing the light," said the architects. Bedrooms and storage spaces are contained within two-storey boxes scattered through the interior. Rectangular openings lead into the spaces, plus those at first-floor are accessed using wooden ladders.

Green Edge House by mA-style Architects has a hidden perimeter garden. A rock garden filled with trees and shrubs is sandwiched between glazed rooms and floating windowless walls at this house in Japan by mA-style Architects (+ slideshow). Japanese studio mA-style Architects designed the house for a residential site in Fujieda, Sizuoka Prefecture. The architects felt that residents would be better off without a view of their surroundings, so they designed an insular house with a private garden. Named Green Edge House, the residence is surrounded on all sides by the narrow garden and glazed walls to allow residents to open every room out to the greenery. "At first we imagined a house with an inner courtyard. However, indoor privacy is not kept in the architecture around the courtyard," explained architects Atushi and Mayumi Kawamoto.

House in Chiharada shpaed like a fairytale tower by Studio Velocity. Our second recent story from Japanese architects Studio Velocity is a house shaped like a fairytale tower with five different staircases connecting its two floors (+ slideshow). Koya No Sumika by mA-style Architects. Small attic spaces are tucked between the ribs of a triangular roof at this house extension in Japan by mA-style Architects (+ slideshow). Japanese firm mA-style Architects designed the timber roof as a series of V-shaped frames, which sit over a rectilinear base and create triangular windows at each end.

Added to the west side of a family house, the Koya No Sumika extension provides a separate living and dining space for a couple and is connected to the main building by a glass and timber passageway. "The young couple desired feelings of ease and spaces that ensure quiet and comfortable times," said the architects. "The extension is designed as a minimum living space and pursues both maintaining distance and retaining fertile relationships. " Broken Pitched Roof House by NKS Architects. Suggested Reading The Story of Eames Furniture Brimming with images and insightful text, this unique book is the benchmark reference on what is arguably the most influential and important furniture brand of our time.

[more...] House in Naruto by Horibe Associates. Slender columns support a canopy that sweeps around the front of this family residence in Japan's Tokushima prefecture by Japanese firm Horibe Associates (+ slideshow). Horibe Associates raised the single-storey wooden House in Naruto off the ground on concrete foundations to protect it against flooding, a common issue in the neighbourhood. "The clients requested a design that dealt with the problem, as well as providing security, privacy, good natural light and air circulation, and a space that their children could run around in," said the architects. Access to the chunky wooden front door is via steps around one side of the curved facade or a ramp from the other, both covered by the porch. The entrance leads through to a combined kitchen, dining and living room at the west side of the property, while bedrooms are positioned to the east.

Full-height sliding windows lead from these zones into a rectangular outdoor space. Photography is by Kaori Ichikawa. Drawings key: 1. 7. 13. Binh Thanh House by Vo Trong Nghia and Sanuki + Nishizawa. House in Kitakami / nadamoto yukiko architects. Architects: nadamoto yukiko architects Location: kitakami, iwate, japan Project Year: 2011 Project Area: 141 sqm Photographs: Seiya Miyamoto This house, located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture, was built for a family of four. The client wanted a home that consisted of “a single, unified space that would accommodate the separate, individual activities and pursuits of each family member, rather than an open, continuous space that integrates the living room, dining room, kitchen and terrace into a single room.” These requests played a major role in our design process. Pit House / UID Architects. House in Kokubunji by Suppose Design Office. Slideshow: overlapping openings in the walls and ceilings of this Tokyo house by Japanese architects Suppose Design Office create dozens of views between rooms.

Contained within a rectangular wooden volume, the family house accommodates rooms for living and sleeping on its two main floors, plus an open-plan loft accessed by ladders. Some rooms on the ground floor are set at a lower level than the corridors, while the attic storage areas are raised up slightly higher than the surrounding floor. Narrow handrails screen balconies on the upper two floors, so residents have to be careful not to slip over the edges. House in Minoh / Fujiwarramuro Architects. Frame / UID Architects. House T by Takeshi Hamada. Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP. House in Sanbonmatsu by Hironaka Ogawa. House N / Sou Fujimoto. Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects Location: Oita, Japan Project Team: Yumiko Nogiri Structural Consultant: Jun Sato Structural Engineers Design Year: 2006-2007 Construction Year: 2007-2008 Site Area: 236,57 sqmConstructed Area: 150,57 sqmPhotographer: Iwan Baan A home for two plus a dog. House in Yoro interior by Airhouse Design Office.

Machi House by UID Architects. House in Mitaka by Hidetaka Shirako and OUVI. House H in Japan by Mattch.