Designer: Kin-ichi Ogata
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Natural Floor house
This quirky house in Hiroshima, Japan, features a polished modern exterior – but walk inside and you’ll find a traditional tamped earth floor! Designed by up and coming Japanese architect Makoto Tanijiri from Suppose Office, Takaya House is made from natural local materials found in the area. Read on for a closer look at this clever eco-friendly home’s charming earthen interior!
A unique Village
The Gassho-zukuri or “prayer-hands construction” is the only example of its kind in Japan.
Preserved as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the quiet Japanese villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama are a beautiful example of the gasshō-zukuri, or “prayer-hands construction,” historic building design. Originally developed to support silk production in the 17th Century, the villages are the only example of Gassho-zukuri construction in all of Japan. The strong, sustainable homes were built with a direct relationship to the land, each having a steeply slanted thatched roof to help the snow slide off. UNESCO describes the villages as “outstanding examples of a traditional way of life perfectly adapted to the environment and people’s social and economic circumstances.”
As the villages are surrounded by dense forest area, these structures have been specifically designed to withstand the extremities of the region, the shape of the roofs helping to shed heavy snowfall. The upper stories of the slanted thatched roof were traditionally set aside for sericulture.
Dependent on the silk industry along with nitrate production, the villages have survived on local production throughout unstable social and economic circumstances. They continue to be incredible examples of how design can be perfectly adapted to suit the surrounding environment and a community’s needs.
Read more: Two Japanese Mountain Villages are Beautiful Examples of Historic Sustainable Architecture Shirakawago Village Japan by Kiyo Photography – Gallery Page 2 – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
Nakagawa Mokkougei is a studio with multigenerational tradition. It produces wood items by using old Japanese techniques which are several hundred years old. The owner, Shuji Nakagawa, was trained by his father, Kiyotsugu Nakagawa
Japan first Passive house
This simple yet elegant home by Key Architects is not just an intriguing example of modern Japanese design — it’s also is the first certified Passive House in Japan. Simplicity has its rewards, and when the Passive House standard is synthesized with Japan’s refined building sensibility the result is a powerful combination that can move green building to a new level