30 Of The Most Ingenious Japanese Home Designs Presented on Freshome
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30 Of The Most Ingenious Japanese Home Designs Presented on Freshome

Overwhelmed by so many examples of smart Japanese architecture, we decided to put together a post with some of the best projects presented on Freshome so far. Most of the modern homes below seem to defy natural laws of Physics and play with the viewer’s perception of space. Our favorite buildings are not the ones characterized by large interiors, but rather those that cleverly and unexpectedly adapt to the requirements of a small site. Strange polygonal, rectangular and cube-shaped structures, cantilevered volumes, inner small courtyards and windows that appear in unpredictable places are just some of the elements that make these Japanese home designs stand out.

The style employed in most of the residences featured below is minimalist. Function is the main attribute defining the Japanese buildings in this display, each showcasing an interesting partition of spaces. Ornaments are kept to a minimum and the overall sober feel is reduced by the use of lovely wooden accents. We invite you to go through the photos in the galley and if you see any interesting project, click the small text at the bottom in order to be redirected to the original post with much more information. And in the end, we would love to read about your thoughts on modern Japanese architecture.


  • Minimalist House in Kashiba-Shi by Horibe Naoko Architect
  • Irregularly shaped BB House by Yo Yamagata Architects in Tokyo
  • Modern Japanese Home by Shigeru Fuse Architects in Abiko
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  • The Mishima House by Keiji Ashizawa Design in Tokyo
  • The Outside In House project designed by Takeshi Hosaka Architects in Yamanashi.
  • The KKC House designed by no.555 in Fukushima.
  • Toda House by Kimihiko Okada in Hiroshima.
  • Maruyama House designed by Atelier Sano in Sapporo
  • U3 House by Masahiko Sato of Architect Show in Fukuoka
  • Pojagi House designed by Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura of architecture studio MDS in Yokohama-city.
  • Nomura 24 House designed by Antonino Cardillo in Hyōgo, overlooking Ōsaka bay,
  • PORT Residence by Nico Architects in Fukuoka city
  • Residence in Nabari City by Matsunami Mitsutomo & Associates.
  • House I by Yoshichika Takagi in Akita City
  • Airhole House by Masahiro Kinoshita in Shiga, Japan
  • Minimalist Home by Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio in Osaka
  • Y-House by IDEAoffice in Saitama
  • “Reflection of Mineral”House byYasuhiro Yamashi in Tokyo
  • Cedar House by architect Tetsuya Nakazono in Hiroshima
  • House H. by Sou Fujimoto Architects in Tokyo
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  • Modern Residence by studio Suppose Design Office in Sakuragawa
  • Niu House by Yashihiro Yahomoto Architect in Nara, Japan
  • Tube House2 by Hideki Iwahori in the Outskirts of Tokyo
  • Mountain house, designed by Miurashin Architect + Associates in Karuizawa
  • Glass Home in Hiroshima by Naf architect & design
  • Vision designed by Takehiko Nez Architects in Yamanashi.
  • Kofunaki House by ALTS Design Office in Shiga, Honshu Island.
  • F Residence by Edward Suzuki Architecture in Kamakura
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  • K5 house by Masahiko Sato, the architect of Architect Show in Kurume.
  • House in Kyobate by Naoko Horibe in Nara
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