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Narrow House in Osaka

Narrow residential building sites are common in Osaka, Japan. Though the creative design solutions to maximize and empower living spaces displayed here is truly uncommon. Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architects Atelier design of this five level two bedroom modern home makes the site feel abundant. Continue reading

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A multi-level family home at the foot of Mount Hiei in Kyoto, Japan, embraces tradition with modern twists. Designed by UZU Architects, the modern house rambles over four levels. The scheme is familiar: a steep gable roof with deep overhangs supported by vertical timber-clad walls. The forms are traditional, yet the materials and colors are contemporary. In bright sunlight, the wooden entry walls glow mustard yellow. Together with a dove grey door, it is a quietly warm and inviting entrance. A narrow horizontal ribbon window pierces the introverted and respectful public side. Small square skylights puncture the coal grey standing seam metal roof. Continue reading

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Ik House

Simple living for empty nesters is well deserved. In the Osaka home that Yosuke Ichii designed for an elderly couple, space and maintenance are pared down to basics. Just 100 sq.m., the small L-shaped house pivots around a mature camphor tree. Continue reading

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Arch Wall House

What a unique way to define a duplex home. The Arch Wall House by NAF Architect & Design Co. uses the two homes’ connection as a separation. It is not only a powerful division, but also a connecting drive and distinguishing element for both homes. Continue reading

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Graz Showroom and Residence

A car showroom and residence in Tokyo is a genius execution of geometry. Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co., Ltd. created a private family home above a showroom for imported cars. Both floors encompass just over 600 sq.m. Continue reading

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Nasu Teepee

In Nasu, Japan, an area well regarded as a summer resort, a married couple built a home whose form harkens back to ancient Japanese, African, and Mongolian structures. The clients and their architect, Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co., Ltd., made all decisions to mitigate the negative effects of building on the wooded site. This resulted in a unique assemblage of teepee like rooms that act independently and as a cohesive home. Continue reading

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Half and Half House

Corner lots carry loads of responsibility. NAF Architect and Design created a home whose halves share that role in distinctly different manners. Human nature compels us to always take the shortest route and on a vacant corner property, we’d take that diagonal short cut. That bypass is used here to create the intersection of a flat roof home with a gable roof house. The home sensitively addresses the nature of the corner lot. Continue reading

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Scape House

Surrounded by traditional clay tiled Japanese homes, this contemporary hillside house stands out with its clever geometry. And that interplay of form and light serves a purpose inside and out. Daylight, views, and privacy were paramount to the young client family. To achieve these goals, FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects pushed and pulled surfaces and volumes around carefully selected vistas. Continue reading

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Wooden Box

Skilled manipulation of simple wooden boxes creates a home that emanates Japanese simplicity and flexibility. Keisuke Kawaguchu + K2 Design created a modern home derived from centuries of proven Japanese architectural elements. The house makes the most of the natural environment while maintaining a calm privacy. Continue reading

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Le 49

Two stacked and overlapping white rectangles rest on the top of Mount Kamakura in Japan, overlooking Sagami Bay’s stunning vistas. APOLLO Architects & Associates designed the sleek modern home for a husband and wife who left behind the bustling city life of downtown Tokyo. Continue reading