Articles on Japan

House in Ohue by Daisuke Hanamoto. Photo Kenji Masunaga
 

Daisaku Hanamoto’s house mingles with its surroundings

KURE – Mindful of its place amongst the vernacular, the house easily blends into the residential neighbourhood.

ACRO by Apollo Architects. Photo Masao Nishikawa
 

Apollo Architects confronts the public and private sides of residential living with ACRO

CHIBA – The new residence in Chiba defies housing stereotypes and lands like an unidentified architectural object on the hillside residential neighbourhood.

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House for a photographer by FORM/Kouichi Kimura. Photo Norihito Yamauchi & Yoshihiro Asada
 

There’s more than meets the eye in FORM’s new house

SHIGA – In his hometown and apparently his architectural playground, Kouichi Kimura designed a residence for a photographer.

House-T by Tsukano. Photo Kenichi Asano
 

Mark A-to-Z: M is for Minimalism

Whether you live the minimalist dream or are aspiring to become a fervent follower of this philosophy, we can learn a bit more about how to enrich our lives with the minimum.

Frederiksberg Kindergarten by COBE. Photo Rasmus Hjortshøj
 

Mark A-to-Z : K is for Kindergarten Schools

Although school may be out right now, we can still dream of naps and playtime in these five projects that bring out the kid in us all. 

Mark A-to-Z: J is for Japanese Houses
 

Mark A-to-Z: J is for Japanese Houses

The quirky designs of modern housing in Japan undeniably grab our attention time and again. Here are five of our favourites.

Mark A-to-Z: H is for Health
 

Mark A-to-Z: H is for Health

From dental clinics to hospices, Mark has picked five projects that cater to the needs of the healthcare industry.

Mark A-to-Z: C is for Concrete
 

Mark A-to-Z: C is for Concrete

We take a look at five projects that have benefited from the qualities of concrete as a durable resource for family residences, public buildings and tiny houses.

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Ajiroen Shop by Tyrant Inc. Photos Tomoki Hirokawa
 

Tyrant Inc challenges anxiety by creating tension

TOKYO – A shop for specialist tea brand Ajiroen adds the final piece to a five-part puzzle in a city 50-km west of Tokyo.

Terada House by Yoshiyasu Mizuno. Photos Yoshiharu Hama / Studio Melos
 

Yoshiyasu Mizuno disguises the full scale of a timber house on a confined site

FUJIEDA – Being considerate to the neighbours was a prerequisite for a residential commission where the client's plot was on the vacant land next to his parents.

Plain Wood Base by ihrmk. Photos Takuya Furusue
 

A timber shell by ihrmk keeps interior space adaptable

TOYOTA – A sports clinic on the edge of a national highway isn't something that you see every day but that's exactly where recreational healthcare company Grow has set-up shop.

iHouse Dormitory by Studio Sumo. Photos Kawasami Kobayashi Photograph Office
 

A louvered façade infiltrates light into Studio Sumo's student accommodation

TOGANE – With the latest census showing a worrying decline in Japan's population, universities must adapt in order to attract international students to take up study opportunities.