The Japanese House Reinvented



ISBN: 9780500343081 Category:

Philip Jodidio


Japanese houses have to contend with very particular constraints, from tiny plots in crowded urban contexts to ever-present seismic threats. These challenges encourage their architects to explore ideas of stability and ephemerality in various ways, resulting in spaces that are as fascinating as they are idiosyncratic. Their formal innovation and attention to materials, technology and measures to coax in light and air while maintaining domestic privacy make them cutting-edge residences that suggest new ways of being at home.

It includes projects by three Pritzker Prize-winners – Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban and Kazuyo Sejima – as well as lesser known but no less exciting up-and-coming architects.

Each house is clearly illustrated in crisp colour photographs and plans, and accompanied by texts from Philip Jodidio, the internationally renowned critic. It confirms contemporary Japanese architecture as a substantial force on the international scene.

Additional information

Weight 1602 g
Dimensions 21.1 x 28.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 May 2015
Number of pages 288
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.1 x 28.3 cm
Weight 1602 g
Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over twenty years. He is the author of numerous books, including monographs on Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid.