Japanese House Reinvented

The Japanese House Reinvented

  1. Philip Jodidio
  • ISBN 9780500293232
  • 28.00 x 20.30 cm
  • Paperback
  • 288pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2017

A major overview of Japanese residential architecture of the past five years by big names (including three Pritzker prize-winners) and emerging architects

Japanese houses today have to contend with unique factors that condition their design, from tiny plots in crowded urban contexts to ever-present seismic threats. These challenges encourage their architects to explore alternating ideas of stability and ephemerality in various ways, resulting in spaces that are as fascinating as they are idiosyncratic.

Their formal innovation and attention to materials, technology and measures to coax in light and air while maintaining domestic privacy make them cutting-edge residences that suggest new ways of being at home.

Contemporary Japanese architecture has emerged as a substantial force on the international scene ever since Kenzo Tange won the Pritzker Prize in 1987. This overview of 50 recent houses powerfully demonstrates Japan’s enduring commitment to design innovation.