The Japanese House Reinvented


A major overview of Japanese residential architecture of the past five years by big names (including three Pritzker prize-winners) and emerging architects, now available in paperback.


ISBN: 9780500293232 Category:

Philip Jodidio


Japanese houses today have to contend with unique factors that condition their design, from tiny plots in crowded urban contexts to ever-present seismic threats. These challenges encourage their architects to explore alternating 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. Contemporary Japanese architecture has emerged as a substantial force on the international scene ever since Kenzo Tange won the Pritzker Prize in 1987. This overview of 50 recent houses powerfully demonstrates Japan’s enduring commitment to design innovation.

Additional information

Weight 1370 g
Dimensions 20.4 x 28.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 January 2017
Number of pages 288
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 20.4 x 28.3 cm
Weight 1370 g


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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.