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Japanese Building Developments

Key Contemporary Architecture Projects in Japan, Asia

post updated 15 May 2023


Building Developments in Japan

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Japanese Building Developments. We 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 8 pages of Japanese Architecture selections with links to hundreds of individual project pages.

Japanese Architecture : news + key projects

Japanese Buildings : A-D

Japanese Architecture Designs : E-G

Japanese Building Developments : H-I (this page)

Japanese Architecture Developments : J-L

Japanese Building Designs : M-N

Japanese Architectural Designs : O-R

Contemporary Japanese Buildings : S-Z

New Japanese Building Developments

Contemporary Building Developments in Japan – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

House in Takada, Jyoetsu, Niigata Prefecture, central Japan
Design: Iida archiship studio
Jyoetsu City Building
photo : Ken’ichi Suzuki
House in Takada – 29 May 2012
This bungalow house is located in Jyoetsu city in Niigata prefecture where is about 200km toward to the north from Tokyo. The regional characteristics are the temperature below zero degree and the snow depth exceeds 2m during winter. To come through such a severe climate, the covered allays are set up on the pedestrians and snow melted equipments with usage of well water are installed on the roads.

Major Architecture Developments in Japan, alphabetical:

HA Tower, Tokyo
Design: Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect
HA Tower Japanese Building Developments
image from architect
HA Tower Tokyo
The HA tower proposes a hybrid model for urban life that embraces the city, pulling it in the heart of the units, while still offering large open spaces that otherwise are only available on the urban fringe. Located in Higashi-Azabu, within walking distance of a cluster of rail lines, Shiba Park, and the iconic Tokyo Tower, the corner site is small.

Hanasaki House, Yokohama City
Design: MoNo
Hanasaki House
photo : Koshimizu Susumu
Hanasaki House
The building site is a corner plot abutting east and south on the roads which is situated in a densely built-up area with buildings facing each other across the 4-meter wide road. Each of the buildings surrounding the site has no appropriate open space in its site with an inner building space only separated from outside by the use of a single wall.

Hoki Museum, Chiba, central Japan
Design: Nikken Sekkei
Hoki Museum Japanese Building Developments
image : Harunori Noda
Hoki Museum
The main theme of his collection are realistic oil paintings miraculously painted in detail with marvelous technique, so we thought that “gallery” is most suited for these works and should be selected as an archetype of this museum space. Until now, galleries have rarely existed only by itself as an architecture and always has been treated as subsidiary space by architects.

Home in Fukaya
Design: K.Associates
House in Fukaya
picture © Hitoyuki Hitai
Fukaya Home
This house is located in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture on the north Kanto plain. Despite its proximity to megalopolitan Tokyo, the site is encompassed by monotonous, semi-urban surroundings, typical of north Kanto a setting that discourages description as a “city suburb.”

Home in Higashi-Otsu
House in Higashi-Otsu
photo © Hitoyuki Hitai
Higashi-Otsu House
This is a residence for two generations of a family, and consists of several private rooms and a living/dining space for all to gather. Nevertheless, the inner spaces were all designed as white, featureless spaces irrelevantly to such particular purposes.

Home in Kurakuen II
Kurakuen II House - Japanese Building Developments
picture © Hitoyuki Hitai
Kurakuen II House

Home In Nagata, Kobe-city
Design: Tadashi Suga Architect
House in Nagata
image : Yoshiharu Matsumura
Home In Nagata

Home in Nigata
Design: Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects
Nigata House
photo : Isamu Hirukawa
House in Nigata

Home in Nipponbashi
House in Nipponbashi Japanese Building Developments
photograph © Hitoyuki Hitai
Nipponbashi House

Home in Onitori
Design: Kenji Tagashira
House in Onitori
photo : Kei Sugino
Home in Onitori

Home in Uehonmachi, Osaka-city
Junya Toda Architect & Associates
Osaka-city architecture
picture from architects
Osaka-city architecture

HOTO FUDO, Yamanashi
Design: Takeshi Hosaka Architects
photo : Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners Inc.

House M, Hokkaido
Design: Jun Igarashi Architects
House M Japanese Building Developments
photograph : Sergio Pirrone
Hokkaido House

House O, Hokkaido
Jun Igarashi Architects
House O Hokkaido
photograph : Iwan Baan
Hokkaido Home

House in Fukawa, southwest Japan
Suppose design office, architects
Fukawa House
photograph : Toshiyuki Yano
House in Fukawa, Hiroshima

House in Hidaka, Saitama city
Suppose design office, architects
House in Hidaka Japanese Building Developments
photograph : Toshiyuki Yano
House in Hidaka

House in Kitakamakura, Kanagawa
Suppose design office, architects
Home in Kitakamakura
picture : Toshiyuki Yano
House in Kitakamakura

House in Moriyama, Nagoya, south Japan
Suppose design office architects
Home in Moriyama
photograph : Toshiyuki Yano
House in Moriyama

House in Otake, southwest Japan
Suppose design office, architects
House in Otake - Japanese Building Developments
photograph : Toshiyuki Yano
House in Otake, Hiroshima

House in Saijo, Shikoku, south Japan
Suppose design office, architects
Saijo House
photo : Toshiyuki Yano
House in Saijo

Industrial Designer House, Tokyo
Koji Tsutsui
Industrial Designer House - Japanese Building Developments
picture : Masao Nishikawa
Industrial Designer House

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Japanese Building Developments – No Images

Harajuku Church, Tokyo, Japan
Design: Henri Gueydan

Heaven Chamber, Toyama, Japan

Design: Tom Heneghan – The Architecture Factory

Heaven Pavilion, Tateyama Museum
Design: Enric Miralles

Hermès Midosuji – store, Osaka, Japan
RDAI – Rena Dumas Architecture Intérieure

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
Kisho Kurokawa

Horizon house, Atami
Shinichi Ogawa & Architects

Hot Spring House

Design: Terunobu Fujimori

Hotel Il Palazzo, Fukuoka
Design: Aldo Rossi Architect

Hotel Kyocera, Kagoshima
Kisho Kurokawa

House, Izu Peninusla
Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo

House, Karuizawa, Japan
TNA – Makoto Takei & Chie Nabeshima

House, Karuizawa
Go Hasegawa

House, Matsumoto, Nagano
Hideyuki Nakayama, Kenji Nawa

House Fran Kochi
Studio Architects

House, Osaka
Workshop Hakomori Yantrasast

House, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Shinichiro Akasaka Atelier

House, Setagaya, Tokyo
John Pawson

House, Tateyama, nr Tokyo
Sou Fujimoto Architects

House, Tokyo
Waro Kishi + K.ASSOCIATES, Kyoto

House, Yokohama, Japan
Kamayachi + Harigai – Seiji Kamayachi + Massafumi Harigai

Housing Prototype 1, Osaka
Ushida Findlay Architects

Hu-tong House, Osaka
Waro Kishi

Ichiya-tei : One-Night Teahouse
Terunobu Fujimori + Nobumichi Ohshima

Ishibashi Junior High School, Tochigi
Kisho Kurokawa

Issey Miyake shop, Tokyo

David Chipperfield, Architects

Izu house, Nishiizu
Atelier Bow-Wow

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Location: Japan, Eastern Asia

Architecture in Japan

Japanese Architects

Japanese architect : Fumihiko Maki

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa
photo © 2008 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA

Modern Japanese Building

National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo – 1959 by Le Corbusier

Japan Architecture Tour : UIA 2011

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