10 bunker-like houses in Japan that offer total privacy

Kamiuma House by Chop + Archi


Japanese houses come in all shapes and sizes, but privacy is always a big concern. Here are 10 that offer their residents complete seclusion, from an angular concrete bunker to a seemingly windowless box. Read more


ICADA intentionally puts holes in roof of small wooden house in Japan

Knothole House by ICADA


Wood knotholes are typically a sign of poverty in Japanese architecture, but ICADA has used them to create a unique lighting effect in Knothole House. Read more


Daigo Ishii/Future-scape – Cottage, Tsumari 2010. Photos ©…

Daigo Ishii/Future-scapeCottage, Tsumari 2010. Photos © the architects.

Nendo wraps timber grid around plant-filled balconies of Japanese office

Kojimachi Terrace by Nendo in Tokyo, Japan


Plant-lined balconies and a grid-like facade wrap around the glass Kojimachi Terrace office in Tokyo, which Nendo has designed “to bring the outside in”. Read more


Takeshi Hosaka designs tiny house in Tokyo with funnel-like roofs

Love2 House by Takeshi Hosaka in Tokyo Japan


Architect Takeshi Hosaka has built himself a micro home in Tokyo that has a total floor area of just 19 square metres and features a pair of curved roofs. Read more


Kouichi Kimura builds fortress-like Tranquil House in Japan

Tranquil House by FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects


FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects has completed a concrete house in Shiga, Japan, to be a self-contained space that promotes serenity and silence. Read more


House in Hokusetsu by Tato Architects is designed as a labyrinth

House in Hokusetsu by Tato Architects


A geometric pattern of square-shaped rooms connected by rhombus-shaped circulation areas forms House in Hokusetsu, Osaka, by Japanese firm Tato Architects. Read more


Toru Kashihara Architects designs stepped concrete temple in Tokyo

Buddhist Temple by Toru Kashihara in Tokyo, Japan


Shoraku-Ji is a Buddhist temple next to a cemetery in northeast Tokyo by Toru Kashihara Architects with a stepped concrete design that aims to subvert traditional temple architecture. Read more


Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates designs house in Japan based on a Möbius loop

Topological Folding House by Takashi Yamaguchi & associates


Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates has completed Topological Folding House, a home formed of a continuous white strip that wraps around to form floors, ceilings and balconies. Read more


House in Toyonaka embeds windows in gaps between monolithic grey boxes

House in Toyonaka by Fujiwaramuro Architects


Japanese studio FujiwaraMuro Architects designed House in Toyonaka, Osaka, as a series of offset boxes with gaps between them that allow light and air to enter the house, while maintaining the occupants’ privacy. Read more


Andrew Burns – Australia house, Niigata 2012. Photos © Brett…

Andrew BurnsAustralia house, Niigata 2012. Photos © Brett Boardman.

Andrew Burns – Australia house, Niigata 2012. Photos © Brett…

Andrew BurnsAustralia house, Niigata 2012. Photos © Brett Boardman.

Explore eye-catching Japanese houses on our Pinterest board


We’ve updated our Pinterest board dedicated to the best Japanese houses, including a home on Okinawa Island with a metal-mesh canopy covered in plants and a house made up of spiralling platformsFollow Dezeen on Pinterest ›


Explore eye-catching Japanese houses on our Pinterest board


We’ve updated our Pinterest board dedicated to the best Japanese houses, including a home on Okinawa Island with a metal-mesh canopy covered in plants and a house made up of spiralling platformsFollow Dezeen on Pinterest ›


Unpaid internships “strong part of the social fabric” in Japan

Unpaid internships Japan architecture


Architects and designers in Japan have defended unpaid internships in the country, saying it is a cultural tradition with deep roots. Read more


Enso Ango: A “Dispersed Hotel” of Five Buildings That Gets You to Walk Through Kyoto

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                                If it’s difficult to pinpoint the location of <a href="https://ensoango.com/en" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Enso Ango</a>, it’s because the hotel is actually made up of five bases dispersed across charming side streets of central Kyoto, to encourage guests to walk around and discover the city.

“ENSO” refers to the Zen concept that “everything is connected in a great circle.” Ango Hotels, the firm behind Enso Ango, explained that the dispersed hotel concept aims to take the traveler out of a linear experience of Kyoto and into an organic, free-flowing route of the city.

“It could be said that traditional tourism in Kyoto involves making linear trips to and from the hotel and between various tourist attractions,” the firm said.

“Kyoto has a thriving culture and a strong community; rather than focusing solely on tourists attractions from the past, our dispersed hotel concept allows travelers to discover and feel the living culture of the city,”

Continue reading “Enso Ango: A “Dispersed Hotel” of Five Buildings That Gets You to Walk Through Kyoto”

Enso Ango: A “Dispersed Hotel” of Five Buildings That Gets You to Walk Through Kyoto

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/enso-ango-a-dispersed-hotel-of-five-buildings-that-gets-you-to-walk-through-kyoto/tomifacade_003/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/04/TomiFacade_003-810x540.jpg" alt="Enso Ango: A “Dispersed Hotel” of Five Buildings That Gets You to Walk Through Kyoto" /></a>
                                If it’s difficult to pinpoint the location of <a href="https://ensoango.com/en" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Enso Ango</a>, it’s because the hotel is actually made up of five bases dispersed across charming side streets of central Kyoto, to encourage guests to walk around and discover the city.

“ENSO” refers to the Zen concept that “everything is connected in a great circle.” Ango Hotels, the firm behind Enso Ango, explained that the dispersed hotel concept aims to take the traveler out of a linear experience of Kyoto and into an organic, free-flowing route of the city.

“It could be said that traditional tourism in Kyoto involves making linear trips to and from the hotel and between various tourist attractions,” the firm said.

“Kyoto has a thriving culture and a strong community; rather than focusing solely on tourists attractions from the past, our dispersed hotel concept allows travelers to discover and feel the living culture of the city,”

Continue reading “Enso Ango: A “Dispersed Hotel” of Five Buildings That Gets You to Walk Through Kyoto”

Sushi Singularity makes a bespoke dinner based on your bodily fluids

Sushi Singularity


Japanese conceptual design studio Open Meals has announced a restaurant concept that will use a customer’s saliva, faeces and urine to create 3D-printed sushi tailored to their nutritional needs. Read more


TNA – Passage house, Karuizawa 2009. Via ar, photos © Daici…

TNA – Passage house, Karuizawa 2009. Via ar, photos © Daici Ano.

Japanese cherry blossoms inform Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch design

Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch Tokujin Yoshioka aluminium


The 2020 Olympic torch has been unveiled ahead of next year’s Games in Tokyo, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka to resemble the cherry blossom flower. Read more