Modern Japanese House

A survey of the most innovative new houses built in Japan.

Naomi Pollock


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About the book
Modern Japanese House provides an extensive overview of contemporary residential architecture in a country that is known worldwide for its design innovation. The volume covers an array of projects from the past decade, featuring both established and emerging architects in a meticulous survey of real homes across Japan.

Modelled on the format of Modern House, Modern House 2, and Modern House Three , Modern Japanese House is an overview of recent domestic design trends in Japan and features a highly colourful combination of projects from a variety of architects, both known and new to the international architecture scene.

The projects are divided into five chapters - 'Tiny Houses', 'Inside/ Outside', 'Multi Generation Houses', 'Work/Play' and 'Vacation Houses' - that reflect the issues particular to residential design in Japan.
Architects featured include such familiar figures as Kazuyo Sejima, Jun Aoki, Shigeru Ban, Hitoshi Abe and Shuhei Endo, as well as lesser known practitioners such as Nobuaki Furuya and Hiroshii Nakao, among others.

In The Press
'A beautiful, revelatory book, opening up a world of Japanese architecture that has been little known in the West…Pollock conveys the ingenuity – the sheer variety of solutions – of architects facing some decidedly ‘challenging’ sites. Their designs are full of wit, surprise and a sense of grace and serenity…A great strength of this book is that each group of houses is prefaced by an introduction which sets them against a background of tradition and social change in Japan, followed by a detailed description of each design which shows exactly how it evolved.' (Architect’s Journal)

About the author(s)

Naomi Pollock has been writing about design in Japan since 1989. Her articles have appeared in numerous prominent publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Dwell, Interior Design, the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and Architectural Record, for whom she is the Special International Correspondent.

A trained and licensed architect, she was a guest curator for an exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 entitled 'Japan 2000: Architecture and Design for the Japanese Public'.

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