Tokyo, Japan


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A Great Idea

A Space-Saving, Flexible Retail Design in Japan

In Tokyo, the Japanese interdisciplinary design firm Nosigner has created a space-saving retail concept for the children's shop Aeru. "The space was made to be like a living room where people could...
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Houses We Love

Open-Plan Concrete Home in Japan

In Tokyo, Japan, where the houses are crammed cheek by jowl, two old friends from architecture school have created a 793-square-foot home out of canted concrete boxes.
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Houses We Love

Compact Wooden Home in Japan

A distinctive wooden pattern lines the walls, floors, and ceilings of this compact home in Japan.
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House Tours

Spiral Staircase Shapes Tokyo Home

How is a 921-square-foot, 44-level house possible? Witness Tokyo architect Akihisa Hirata’s mind-bending, shape-shifting solution to small-space living.
Yota Kakuda portrait by Bernd Schifferdecker

Yota Kakuda

A self-proclaimed “collector of old stuff,” designer Yota Kakuda finds inspiration in vintage objects found in junk shops and flea markets. He is constantly gathering vinyl records and...
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House Tours

Simple Division

A Tokyo architect’s shape-shifting apartment takes a holistic approach to live/work style.
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Houses We Love

Great Indoors

It’s not easy to transform a 15-foot-wide building site—wedged between houses in every direction—into a home that feels more spacious than its location allows. Mamm-design’s solution was to...
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Time Capsule

The impending demolition of Kisho Kurokawa’s Capsule Tower strikes a nostalgic nerve in writer Tom Vanderbilt, who travels to Tokyo for a look at a future that never was.
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Terunobu Fujimori

A modern eccentric with an architectural sensibility drawn from ancient Japanese traditions, Terunobu Fujimori designs projects that are exercises in playful experimentation and sophisticated craft.
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Design 101


In Shibaura, this former bowling alley is now the shared offices of international advertising agency TBWA and Japanese agency Hakuhodo.
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House Tours

Building Blocks

On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa built a neighborhood-scaled, flexible-format minimalist steel prefab compound for Yasuo Moriyama—a very private individual with a...
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House Tours

Family Style

When a Japanese couple asked architects Takaharu and Yui Tezuka to design a small home that would evoke the Italian love of food, informal gatherings, and natural settings, the result was la dolce...