On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, architect Ryue Nishizawa built a ten unit, flexible-format steel prefab compound for Yasuo Moriyama and six tenants. Every room in the compound is its own building, encouraging spontaneous interaction and a continual relationship with the outdoors.
In designing this compact Tokyo home, architects Masahiro and Mao Harada sought to make a break from the traditional definition of a house. "Using a different material for the wall versus the ceiling versus the floor has become a symbol that signifies a typical 'house,'" says Masahiro. Instead, the two lined the entire interior with honey-colored oak boards aligned in a herringbone pattern to create a warm and elegant space.
Tamotsu Nakada enlisted his friend, architect Koji Tsutsui to design his 793-square-foot home on an equally tiny lot. By chopping the downslope of the roof diagonally, Tsutsui made the interior of the so-called Bent House feel more expansive, and allowed sunlight to stream inside.
While designing the Half & Half House, a single structure that combines two very different houses, architect Akio Nakasa wanted to play up their differences. While one had a flat roof, the other was gabled, and Nakasa exposed this incongruity for an additional visual punch.
Though the 921-square-foot Coil house is highly concept-driven, revolving around its meandering two-story staircase, the space proves to be surprisingly liveable.
Tokyo architect Yuko Shibata knew she wanted to remodel her 940-square-foot apartment to include an office from which she could base her firm, but her husband wanted the place to still feel like home. Her solution derives from fusuma, the sliding paper screens that both divide and expand rooms in traditional Japanese homes. In the dining room, a movable wall glides on ceiling-mounted tracks, which allows the room to quickly transform into a meeting room and library.