On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa built a neighborhood-scaled, flexible-format minimalist steel prefab compound. Every room is its own building, including the bathroom.
When building a home in Hiroshima, Japanese architect Makoto Tanijiri skipped conventional walls altogether and wrapped the entire three-story steel structure in polycarbonate plastic.
This 1,115-square-foot box home in Nagoya, Japan plays host to three functions: it contains a flower shop, art gallery, and home for two.
A minimalist, monolithic shell wrapped in plaster creates privacy for this Tokyo home designed by Artechnic.
In a family home in Okazaki, Japan, architect Katsutoshi Sasaki toyed with length and height to create an airy atmosphere on a lot barely wider than a big rig. To maximize space, he designed flexible environments, such as children’s rooms that accommodate activities from sleep to study.
In a house for four located in the suburbs of Hiroshima, a central staircase stands like a thick tree trunk at the heart of the residence. Three bedrooms clad with coniferous plywood are suspended from this core, each at a different height and turned at different angles.
In this home in Saitama, a tightly packed neighborhood near Tokyo, a black metal screen affords the residents privacy without sacrificing outdoor space.