Top 10 minimalist Japanese houses

Architecture made in Japan surprises because of its capacity of meeting specific needs easily. So that, Japanese houses should adapt to its difficult context or melt with the traditional architecture due to the overpopulation in Japan. Reduced buildings, without light or privacy problems are the best example of the difficulties that an architect can find on its projects. Due to this challenges, Japanese houses are a great reference of architecture that wants to design simply the necessary.


Slice of the City by Alphaville Architects

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Alphaville Architects had to find a solution for keeping the privacy and having the maximum of light in this house based in Nishinomiya. As a result, Slice of the City is composed as a big block sliced by a vertical void that goes through it and brings light inside. So that, privacy is kept. Whilst, the ladders are a link for its two parts. Moreover, they look through to the windows for having views to the outside.

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Module Grid House, by Tetsuo Yamaji Architects

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This home based in Kanto (Japan) follows the ancient metric system for getting differentiate to the other Japanese houses of the residential area and take advantage of the prefabricated materials according the measures. The edification method is more efficient and mixes the contemporary architecture with the traditional.

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Light Grain is a one-family house covered by a perforated mech for bringing the balance between light, ventilation and the need of privacy. The house is filled with light by the inside windows and the holes in the front of the house. light grain-arquitectura-architecture-Yoshiaki Yamashita-eiji tomita-more-with-less (5)



House in Midorigaoka by Tato architects

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House in Midorigoaka contrasts with the typical buildings in the suburbs of Japan. Simplicity and straight lines convey contemporary sensibility. Distribution and careful choice of  materials for each zone cover the needs for each one of them.




Hsk House, the sense of a simple shape


Hsk House has a geometrical shape that looks like the typical silhouette of a house. The home is built like a solid block with two window in opposite sites. Finally, the balcony has the same, but reduced, mesures than the building. It hangs in the facade like a bird’s nest. 




Relation by Tsubasa Iwahashi Arquitectos


Relation is build as a two-floor house and it’s covered with a concrete structure. These japanese house takes advantage of its interior distribution for creating more floors that, visually, are connected to each other. So that, different zones are created and there is a sense of spaciousness. The house keeps all the elements and character of the typical Japanese houses. 



House in Nagoya, enhancing the relation with nature


A vertical house that follows the contemporary Japanese architecture stream. House in Nagoya has windows and inside gardens for better light for the house. It keeps a central aperture where meet different spaces. As a result, the zones join each other through natural and artificial elements. 




Gandare house, small places, great ideas

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Gandare house takes advantage of it of the little building place and challenges its environment  with the innovating facade.  There is a house with the double of space for each floor because limits fade. As a result, the minimum furniture and the wood and metallic materials for the main elements of the structure make it, consequently, a brighter house. 




Koro House,  a bright haven within a residential area


Koro House is a hexagonal house in a Japanese residencial area. The hexagon separates zones  like the opened exterior garden to the private garden. There is a big common central zone in the interior. Different places are organized taking care the need of light of privacy. 



House in Minamimachi 03 by Suppose Design Office


House in Minamimachi is hided inside a concrete shell. The box that covers the house is used as a pattern for the interior building house where light areas are created. The light wells are placed in the corners for the integration between the inside and the outside.