5 Unusual Homes in Japan

You might be wondering why Japan has most number of ‘weird’ or let’s just say ‘unique’ houses in the world? If you’ll try to search online of list of unusual homes around the world, you’ll notice that Japan will always be part of the list and even mentioned twice. And also you might be wondering why a country with a shrinking population has so much new housing going up? Well, there’s actually an explanation to that.

According to the International Union of Architects, Japan has almost 2.5 architects per 1,000 residents, whereas Britain only has half an architect per 1,000 residents. The US has only 0.33 architects per 1,000 residents and Canada has 0.22%. Japan, in other words, has 11 times as many architects per capita as Canada.

In this review, we will share the 5 Unusual Homes in Japan. Enjoy and be inspired to create your own dream house from these:

1. Transparent House
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Expect no privacy here. The 914 square foot transparent house was inspired by our ancient predecessors who inhabited trees. This house obviously offers plenty of daylight. The architects of this house said: “The intriguing point of a tree is that these places are not hermetically isolated but are connected to one another in its unique relativity”. This house was designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects and it’s located in Tokyo.

2. Toda House
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The unconventional residence perched high on stilts overlooking Hiroshima. The 374 square foot residence was designed by Kimihiko Okada which consists of one continuous wraparound volume that is cloaked in a panel of well-insulated glass. This offers the home not only the view, which is enviable enough, but also plenty of daylight. This dynamic structure with a gaping courtyard in the middle also ensures that plenty of natural ventilation is able to circulate throughout the house.

3. Niu House
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In May 2012, Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier completed this 963 square foot wooden home located in Ikoma, Nara. This modern residential project for a young couple breaks the boundaries of traditional design and becomes a point of attraction for the passers-by. The air and the light pass through to the kitchen, creating the optimum environment for cooking and chatting. Wood is the element of design that embraces the Japanese simplistic style. From the furnishing, to the staircase, everything is wrapped with its elegance.

4. Slide House
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This house let the child in you come alive! Indeed, who wouldn’t love these indoor fun activities and just by seeing the slide that connects all three floors, it made me want to plan a house like this, for myself or kids. The 3 -story family house (apart from the slide) is wrapped with staircases and a corridor on one side and a circular route around the central area of the house. The 1,762 square foot Nakameguro home was designed by Japanese Studio LEVEL Architects and it’s located in Meguro-ku.

5. Soccer Ball-shaped Home
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Dream house to all football players and fans! Here comes the uniquely designed soccer ball shaped house designed by Kimidori Housing located in Gifu. The Japanese television presenter had taken a closer look at this disaster resistant house, yes, you heard me right.  The 32 sided geodesic sphere floats, has the structural strength to resist earthquakes! In 2006, this was priced at less than $15,000.

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