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The Japanese House Reinvented

Philip Jodidio


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

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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.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 28.0 x 20.3 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Publication date: 5 January 2017

ISBN: 9780500293232

Contents List

Introduction • 50 Houses, including projects all over Japan by architects including ALX, Tadao Ando, ARtechnic, Atelier Bow-Wow, Atelier Tekuto, Shigeru Ban, C+A Coelacanth, Double Negatives, Eastern Design, Shuhei Endo, Masaki Endoh, Terunobu Fujimori, Sou Fujimoto, Fujiwara + Muro, Masahira Harada + MAO, Go Hasegawa, Naoko Horibe, Takeshi Hosaka, Jun Igarashi, Junya Isigami, Keiko + Manabu, Daisuke Maeda, UID/Keisuke Maeda, Norisada Maeda, Keiko Aita, Yuji Nakae, Koji Nakawatase, Satoshi Okada, Kazuyo Sejima, Hiroyuki Shinozaki, Suppose Design Office, TNA, Makiko Tsukada, Tsukano Architects and Koji Tsutsui

About the Author

Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over twenty years. He is the author of numerous books, including monographs on Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid as well as The New Pavilions and Casa Moderna: Latin American Living.