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House in Yagi: indoor courtyard family home in Japan

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In architecture, behind every facade there’s always something new to be discovered. In Hiroshima, Japan there’s a small two-story family home of 112sqm that conceals an unexpected mystery: an indoor courtyard with an earth floor and a central tree located at the heart of this unique house. Continue reading

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House S: unexpected revelations of Tokyo

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Somewhere in Tokyo, Japan there’s a place where once existed an ancient samurai residence: House S. Old Pine and Zelkova trees are the remaining evidence of what used to be a domestic piece of traditional Japanese Architecture. Gardens were instantaneously interpreted as the key element to establish a strong connection between different times and spaces. The result is a dark three-story house with green and wood tones erupting from each corner. Almost like if it was a giant black rock sculpted by time and chance, leaving space for nature to quietly flourish between its gaps. Continue reading

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Namhae House Renovation: a metallic suit Facade

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Would you believe me if I told you this was once a dull brick house? A pragmatic solution was needed to transform the old brick house into something brilliant that is linked to its rural environment. Joho Architecture was the team behind Namhae House Renovation in South Korea – and what an amazing renovation it turned out to be! Continue reading

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House of Awa-cho: 7 square-shaped houses = home

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Picture yourself living inside a series of 7 square-shaped houses – all arranged in a circle! How peculiar… In Tokushima, Japan an unconventional project by Container Design translates this unpredictable spatial circumstance. A total area of 725sqm is disposed under a radial alignment of different pitched volumes, each one adjoined to its neighbor at the corner. It’s like having your own personal neighborhood as a private home. Continue reading

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House of 33 years: a prefab house built in three different cities

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How can a house be built in three different cities? That’s the magic of prefab architecture. House of 33 years in Nara, Japan is a small home of 104sqm composed by a steel-framed structure that conceals three separate sections. The entire house works as a prototype for a vast range of prefabricated materials like steel, timber, concrete, corrugated plastic and glass panels. Each part of this two-story building was simultaneously built in three cities: the roof shell was developed in Nara, rooms were built in Aomori using local timber while a section of the first floor was conceived in Sendai. Continue reading

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House in Fujizakura: 3, 2, 1, lift off!

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3, 2, 1, lift off! In Fujizakura, Japan there’s a compact house defying the basic rules of gravity. This small single-story family home of 67sqm stands above the ground on a single central pillar. Located on a sloping site, the enigmatic black volume seems completely suspended, floating among the surrounding pine trees. Continue reading

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House K: a crescent-shaped family home

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An almost impossible site for a house seems to defy all urban limitations. House K is the result of an ingenious approach to a site surrounded by a dense urban fabric on three sides and also bordered by a grove of trees. A crescent-shaped volume, serving as a family home, seems to grow out of the ground like a rock while transforming the entire roof surface into a generous terrace area. Continue reading

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Y Residence: distinct horizontal flow

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Located in an old part of Osaka, Japan, surrounded by traditional Japanese houses, this contemporary home aims to a different direction without disturbing the established urban order. A single story volume of 145sqm displays a distinct horizontal flow composed by a low plane roof and long vertical supporting walls. A covered parking area that precedes the entrance area of Y Residence marks the start of this unique house. Continue reading

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IK House: Small family home and Nature

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In Japan there’s a wonderful example that proves how nature can be a precious ally to solve an architectonic challenge like IK House. This compact two-story home was conceived taking an ancient tree as its starting point. An L-shaped plan with a total floor area of 104sqm seems to embrace this surviving fragment of nature as a sign of respect and worship. Continue reading

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Home for a young couple: v-shaped house extension

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A Japanese house extension was built for a family who wants to keep two generations close by. In Shizuoka, Japan there’s a small two-story building with a total floor area of 82sqm that fulfills these special requirements: a house for sheltering the sleeping and study areas of a young couple while social areas were kept in a shared logic with the existing house. Flexibility was a goal to be achieved in this singular context, so an ingenious design explored the traditional values of Japanese architecture in a more dynamic approach. Continue reading