A Tokyo-based couple asked architects Takaharu and Yui Tezuka to design a small home that would evoke a little bit of Italy. The entire interior wall opens, extending the house visually and socially into the small garden that lies between the multigenerational family’s two homes. Photo by Adam Friedberg.
Terunobu Fujimori's Charred Cedar House, completed in 2007. As the name implies, the entire home is clad in charred cedar boards, which have been treated with an ancient Japanese technique that seals the wood against rain and rot. Photo by Adam Friedberg.
From architect Makoto Tanijiri, a house in Fukawa, located in the suburbs of Hiroshima, appears to be a simple, unassuming box on the outside, yet offers a surprisingly roomy experience within. Photo by Toshiyuki Yano.
For Hideyuki Nakayama’s 2004, a private residence amid a new residential development in Matsumoto, Japan, the distance between site and structure is more dramatic in the evening when light shines through the sunken glass living room.