20 Unusual Japanese Houses For Those Who Love The Culture

Over the years, we have presented you lots of beautiful and impressive houses, some of which had really unusual and unique designs. Most of those projects were Japanese houses. Today we have created a selection including 20 of the most unusual and unique Japanese houses. They impress with their out-of0the box design, shape and attention to detail.

ASH House.

The ASH house is located in the city area of Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido, Japan. It was a project by International Royal Architecture, completed in 2010 and featuring a contemporary design based on a classic. Given the location and the fact that arctic winters some with lots of snow, the attention was directed towards the roof.

M house.

The M House was a project developed by D.I.G Architects. It’s located in Nagoya, Japan and sits on an area of 92.1 square meters. Completed in 2009, the house has a strong contemporary design. The narrow site dictated most of the design. The residence features a 22 meter long entrance that separates the two volumes while also introducing an urban influence into the interior décor.

House in Takadanobaba.

Located in Tokyo, Japan, this tall and narrow residence was built on a site that was an urban gap in between two buildings. The residence was designed by Florian Busch Architects and completed in 2011. It sits on an area measuring 153 square meters that is 22 meters deep and only 4.7 meters wide. It has three levels with alternating orientations and designs that redefine the concepts of inside and outside.

Niu House.

The Niu House is located in Ikoma, Nara Prefecture, Japan, at the very end of the residential section developed in the 1970s. It was a project by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atlier and it was completed in 2012. The house was built on a site measuring 220.36 square meters and it’s surrounded by prefabricated houses on one side and old and traditional houses on the other.

Japan house we love!

The Porch, as it is referred to, is a residence located in Tokyo, Japan, that was designed by Hideaki Takayanagi. The project area was 109.0 square meters and the shape and size of the narrow site forced the designers to create a spiral-shaped structure. Completed in 2012, the residence has a steel structure with no thick columns and with sleek elements.

No windows house!

The W Widow house is a very small residence located in Kyoto, Japan. It sits on a site that measures only 47.6 square meters and has a total floor area of 72.42 square meters. The residence was designed by Alphaville Architects and consists of two V-shaped grooves placed symmetrically at the north-east and south-west boundaries. They create two triangular patios that provide light and air to the interior spaces.

HaHa Japan House.

The Hanaha House is located in Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. It was designed by mA-style architects and was completed in 2011. The residence sits on a 69.56 square meter site and has a total floor area of 124.216 square meters. The name of this project was given by the courtyard which is known as hanaha and is a spiral that allows users to walk through the flowers and trees and to enjoy them from all sides.

House in Okusawa.

This residence is located in Okusawa Setagaya Tokyo and sits on an area of 136.46 square meters. Completed in 2009, the house was designed by Schemata Architects and was actually a renovation project. Originally built during the post-war era of Japan, the house has visible western influences in its design. It’s a reinterpretation of the English brick house with local influences.


HouseT is a residence located in Tokyo, Japan that was completed in 2012. It was a project by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects built on a site measuring 70.31 square meters. There’s a great sense of openness inside the residence mostly because the levels are connected by columns and they each contain spaces for different daily activities. The open views are also very interesting and beautiful.

Patisserie Uchiyama.

This building is a patisserie shop and it’s located in Azumacho, Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture 376-0032, Japan. It sits on an area of 682.32 square meters and was a project by Takato Tamagami Architectural Design. Originally, the building was a textile factory. In 2010 it was transformed into a patisserie shop. It features a very interesting roof that is actually only symbolic and that was discovered during the renovation.

Takanawa House.

The Takanawa House is located in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan and it was completed in 2011. It was a project by Hiroyuki Ito + O.F.D.A. and sits on a site measuring 161.50 square meters. It’s a three-story residence with a façade featuring very few openings which gives the inhabitants a maximum of privacy from their neighbors. Structurally, the house consists of two box-like volumes with exterior courtyards.


The Machi-Building is located in Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan. It was a project by UID Architects and was completed in 2011. The building covers an area of 104.16 square meters on a 130.24 square meter site and has a total floor area of 262.85 square meters. Originally built 40 years ago, the three-story structure had to be renovated and the goal was to preserve the past while looking towards the future.

Tamatsu house.

Located in Osaka, Japan, this residence was designed for a family of four. It was completed in 2011 and covers an area of 94.46 meters. Thr project was developed by Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio. Originally, the site was occupied by a two-story wooden house. Instead of that, the client wanted this new home to be spacious and airy, filled with natural light and with plenty of plays paces for the children.

House Yagiyama.

House Yagiyama is located in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan and was designed by Kazuya Saito Architects. It’s a one-story residence that sits on a 468.96 meter site and has a total floor area of 137.47 square meters. Completed in 2012, the house was built for an old couple and, in order to offer them privacy, it has no windows on the outer walls. The skylights provide plenty of light as well as interesting views of the sky.

Traditional Japanese house.

The A-Ring is located in Ishikawa, Japan and is the result of the third edition in the Aluminum House Project series. It was designed by Atelier TEKUTO and covers an area of 136.62 square meters. Completed in 2009, it features a main structure consisting of an aluminum ring made from four aluminum molds creating a ring-like shape.

Another M House.

Located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan, this double house was a project by Mejiro Studio + Kozo Kadowaki. It has an area of 165.1 square meters and was completed in 2010. The first floor of the residence consists of several small units while the second floor unifies them and creates a large one-volume space. Each level has a different function. The house features a timber frame and it’s a modern take on a conventional wooden house.

Twin Megaphones.

The Twin Megaphones, as the project was called, was developed by Atelier Tekuto, Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori. Located in Tokyo, Japan, the structure sits on a site measuring 236.46 square meters and has a total floor area of 213.08 square meters. He project was completed in 2011 and the design part took two and a half years. The fact that it took the team two to three times longer to come up with a design reflect the fact that they focused on closely examining all the needs and requests of the clients.

Japanese Style.

The Matsubara House was designed by Hiroyuki Ito + O.F.D.A. and is located in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan. It sits on a site that measures only 70 square meters and has a building area of 39.71 square meters. The project was completed in 2008 and the house was designed to create a multi-impression effect. This means that, depending on the angle the house is viewed from, the design appears to be different every time.


HouseM is located in Tochigi, Japan and was designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects. Completed in 2012, it features a total area of 63.87 square meters on a 138.75 square meter site. The residence is a one-story wooden structure and has a square-shaped kitchen area in the center. The rest of the rooms and radially spread around this space.

Black Japanese house.

This residence is located in Hodogaya Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It was a project by THREE.BALL.CASCADE and features a contemporary design. Completed in 2012, the house has a total area of 117.59 square meters. Visually, it resembles a black compact structure with no openings on the street level except for the garage entrance. This provides a high level of privacy for the owners.

Published by in Architecture, on November 26th, 2012


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