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post updated 4 November 2021


Contemporary Buildings in Japan

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Contemporary Japanese Buildings. We aim to select top quality and interesting buildings in Japan. e-architect cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and competitions across Japan. The focus is on contemporary Japanese buildings but information on traditional Japanese buildings is also welcome.

We have 7 pages of Japanese Architecture selections.

Japanese Architecture : news + key projects

Japanese Buildings : A-D

Japanese Architecture Designs : E-G

Japanese Building Developments : H-I

Japanese Architecture Developments : J-L

Japanese Building Designs : M-R

Contemporary Japanese Buildings : S-Z (this page)

Contemporary Japanese Building Designs

Architecture Designs – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Yurihonjo City Cultural Center, Akita Prefecture, Honshu, northwest Japan
Architects: chiaki arai urban and architectural design
Cultural Center Kadare Building - Contemporary Japanese Buildings
photograph © 2012 Taisuke Ogawa
Yurihonjo City Cultural Center – 17 Aug 2012
This is a complex institution composed of Multipurpose Transforming Theater, Library and Community Center. Originally, this project had two sites sandwiching a road. We combined sites by placing an indoor “Gathering Steet” which gives access to each function. Its fissure like form lets sunlight into the deep center of the building.

Small House in Meguro-ku, south of Tokyo
Design: Hiroyuki Unemori architects – added
Meguro-ku House Contemporary Japanese Buildings
photograph : Ken Sasajima
Small House in Meguro-ku – added 8 Mar 2012
The small house which the married couple and their child live stands at the densely populated area in Tokyo. Though the neighboring houses is very close, I aimed to design the house which exceed the physical narrowness living at the city.

Shima Kitchen, Teshima, Seto Inland Sea, Western Japan
Design: Atelier Ryo Abe
Shima Kitchen Building - Contemporary Japanese Buildings
photo © Atelier Ryo Abe
Shima Kitchen – added 2 Mar 2012
This building was a renovation project to create a venue for arts and dinning from an old vacant house in a village on Teshima, a rural island in the Seto Inland Sea of Western Japan. Around this old house were vacant lands where several other buildings had been demolished a long time ago.

TOD, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Design: Toyo Ito & Associates
TOD’S Omotesando Building Tokyo
photo : Nacasa & Partners Inc.
TOD’S Omotesando Building – added

Tower of Winds, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Design: Toyo Ito & Associates
Tower of Winds Japan Contemporary Japanese Buildings
photo : Tomio Ohashi
Tower of Winds – added

Major Contemporary Architecture in Japan, alphabetical:

Saint-Gobain Headquarters, Kojimachi
Design: albert abut architecture
Saint-Gobain Headquarters Contemporary Japanese Buildings
photo from architect
Saint-Gobain Headquarters

Sarou Houmura, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Design: Nakayama Architects
Sapporo building
photo from architect
Sapporo architecture

Seashore Shell House, Chiba
Design: Takeshi Hirobe Architects
Seashore Shell Home Japan - Contemporary Japanese Buildings
photo : Koichi Torimura
Seashore Shell House

Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi-Sendai
Design: Toyo Ito & Associates
Sendai Mediatheque - Contemporary Japanese Buildings
photo : Nacasa & Partners Inc.
Sendai Mediatheque

SHELL building, Karuizawa, Nagano
Design: Kotaro Ide / ARTechnic architects
SHELL villa Contemporary Japanese Buildings
picture : Nacasa & Partners Inc
SHELL villa

Shin-Marunouchi Building, Tokyo
Design: Hopkins Architects
Shin-Marunouchi Tokyo Contemporary Japanese Buildings
photograph : Miyagawa Inc
Tokyo architecture

Shinjuku Gardens, Tokyo
Japanese Car Park Building
image from architect
Shinjuku Gardens Building

Shounan House, Kanagawa
Jun Igarashi Architects
Kanagawa House - Contemporary Japanese Buildings
photograph : Iwan Baan
Shounan House

Silver Hut House, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
Toyo Ito
Silver Hut House Tokyo
photo : Tomio Ohashi
Silver Hut House

Stadium600 building, Nagoya
Stadium600 Contemporary Japanese Buildings
picture © Hitoyuki Hitai
Japanese stadium architecture

Strata House, Hyogo Prefecture
Tadashi Suga Architect
Strata House Contemporary Japanese Buildings
photo: Yoshiharu Matsumura
Strata House

Suntory Museum of Art
Kengo Kuma & Associates
Suntory Museum of Art
image : Mitsumasa Fujitsuka
Suntory Museum of Art

Tama Art University Library, Tokyo
Toyo Ito
Tama Art University Library Tokyo
photo : Ishiguro Photographic Institute
Art University Library

Tanigami Office + Gallery, Kobe-city
Design: Junya Toda Architect & Associates
Kobe-city architecture
image from architect
Kobe-city architecture

TBWAHakuhodo, Tokyo
Klein Dytham architecture
TBWAHakuhodo Contemporary Japanese Buildings
photograph : Kozo Takayama
TBWAHakuhodo Tokyo

Teshima Art Museum
Design: Ryue Nishizawa + Rei Naito
Teshima Art Museum Building
photograph : Noboru Morikawa
Teshima Art Museum

Tokiwa House, Sakai City
Kenji Tagashira
Tokiwa House
photograph : Kei Sugino
Japanese Home

Tokyo Matsuya Unity, Higashiueno
Design: Hugo Kohno Architects Associates
Tokyo Matsuya Unity
photo : Isao Imbe
Tokyo Matsuya Unity

Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Ehime
Toyo Ito
Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture
photo : Daici Ano
Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture

United Bamboo Store, Daikanyama
Acconci Studio
United Bamboo Tokyo
picture from architects
Japanese retail architecture

Water/Glass Villa, Shizuoka Prefecture
Kengo Kuma & Associates
Water Villa
picture : Mitsumasa Fujitsuka
no building link

White Blue Black, Tokyo
Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects
White Blue Black
photo : Future-scape Architecture
White Blue Black

Wind-dyed house, Yokohama
Design: Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa
Wind-dyed house Japan
photograph : Hiroshi Ueda
Wind-dyed house

Yokohama Port Terminal, Tokyo
Design: Foreign Office Architects
Yokohama Ferry Terminal
picture via RIAS in 2004
Yokohama Ferry Terminal

Yatsushiro Municipal Museum, Kumamoto
Toyo Ito
Yatsushiro Municipal Museum Japan
photo : Tomio Ohashi
Municipal Museum

Za-Koenji Public Theatre, Tokyo
Toyo Ito
Za-Koenji Public Theatre Tokyo
photo from architect
Za-Koenji Public Theatre

Zen house, Hiroshima
Ryuichi Furumoto
Zen house
picture from architects
Zen house

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New Building Designs in Japan – No Images

Architecture Designs – S-Z, alphabetical:

Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
Kisho Kurokawa

Sakurajosui – House
Toyo Ito & Associates

Sapporo Dome Stadium, Sapporo City, Hokkaido, northern Japan
Hiroshi Hara

Sea Viewing Platform, Toyama

Tom Heneghan – The Architecture Factory

Schools Vacation Cabins, Hiroshima

Tom Heneghan – The Architecture Factory

Senkantei, Hyogo, Japan
Kisho Kurokawa

Shiga Kogen Roman Art Museum, Yamanouchi
Kisho Kurokawa

Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Izumoshi, Shimne
Maki And Associates

Shirasagi Bridge
Atelier Hitoshi Abe

Showroom + store, Kyoto

David Chipperfield Architects

Silver Hut house, Tokyo
Toyo Ito & Associates

Sin Den hair salon, Jingumae

Klein Dytham

Soft and Hairy House, Ibaraki Prefecture, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki
Ushida Findlay Architects

Softopia Japan, Gifu
Kisho Kurokawa

Sony Tower, Osaka, Japan
Kisho Kurokawa

Spiral Wall House, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
Ushida Findlay Architects

Swatch – Retail & Office Tower, Ginza, Tokyo
Shigeru Ban

Takasugi-an : Too-High Teahouse
Terunobu Fujimori

Tanpopo House – Dandelion House
Terunobu Fujimori + Yoshio Uchida

Tateshina Planetarium, Hiroshima
Kisho Kurokawa

Sou Fujimoto Architects

Tokyo Apartments

Sou Fujimoto Architects

Tokyo City Hall, Tower I, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Tange Associates
243m high

Tokyo Club building, Tokyo
Yoshio Taniguchi

Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo
Design: Rafael Vinoly Architects

Tokyo Tower, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nikken Sekkei Ltd with Tachu Naito
333m high, based on Eiffel Tower, 30 higher

Tokyo University Library
Shigeru Ban

Too Tall Teahouse, Nagano Prefecture
Terunobu Fujimori

Toyoda Memorial Hall Renovation, Nagoya, Aichi
Maki And Associates

Toyota Auto, Kyoto, Japan
David Chipperfield Architects

Toyota City Stadium, Toyota City, Japan
Kisho Kurokawa

Truss Wall House, Machida-city, Tokyo
Ushida Findlay Architects

The Whispering Bridge, Toyama

Tom Heneghan – The Architecture Factory

Uniqlo, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Klein Dytham Architecture

Vertical Horizon, Tokyo
Ushida Findlay Architects

Wacoal Kojimachi Building, Tokyo
Kisho Kurokawa

Wakayama – The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
Kisho Kurokawa

Water/Glass Villa, Shizuoka Prefecture
Kengo Kuma & Associates

Wedding Chapel, Osaka

Jun Aoki & Associates

White U house
Toyo Ito & Associates

Y House, Chita, Aichi, Nagoya City
Power Unit Studio, Tokyo

Y House, Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Atelier A5

YKK guest house, Kurabe

Fumihiko Maki

YKK Dormitory / Guest house, Kurobe
Herman Hertzberger
YKK Dormitory YKK Dormitory Kurobe
photos © NN

Yokohama Landmark Tower, Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama
Stubbins Associates

Yokohama Sportsman Club, Kanagawa Prefecture
Ushida Findlay Architects

Yurakucho Canopy, Tokyo

Dewhurst Macfarlane Engineers with Rafael Vinoly Architects
One of the most considered + beautiful pieces of architecture in years – sublime!

Yusuhara Town Hall, Yusuhara, Kochi Prefecture
Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Location: Japan, East Asia

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