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Japanese architects foretell the future of housing

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Rental Space Tower, by Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. and Sou Fujimoto, is an idea for shared living that focuses on providing generous shared spaces
Rental Space Tower, by Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. and Sou Fujimoto, is an idea for shared living that focuses on providing generous shared spaces
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"What if we can make a house with a refrigerator that can be accessed from outside?" asks Yamato Holdings and Fumie Shibata with The House with Refrigerator Access from Outside
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"What if we can make a house with a refrigerator that can be accessed from outside?" asks Yamato Holdings and Fumie Shibata with The House with Refrigerator Access from Outside
"What if we can make a house with a refrigerator that can be accessed from outside?" asks Yamato Holdings and Fumie Shibata with The House with Refrigerator Access from Outside
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"What if we can make a house with a refrigerator that can be accessed from outside?" asks Yamato Holdings and Fumie Shibata with The House with Refrigerator Access from Outside
"What if we can make a house with a refrigerator that can be accessed from outside?" asks Yamato Holdings and Fumie Shibata with The House with Refrigerator Access from Outside
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"What if we can make a house with a refrigerator that can be accessed from outside?" asks Yamato Holdings and Fumie Shibata with The House with Refrigerator Access from Outside
The Yoshino-sugi Cedar House, by Airbnb and Go Hasegawa, has the first floor opened up as community space to anyone who wants to use it. After the exhibition, the upstairs will serve as an Airbnb rental
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The Yoshino-sugi Cedar House, by Airbnb and Go Hasegawa, has the first floor opened up as community space to anyone who wants to use it. After the exhibition, the upstairs will serve as an Airbnb rental
The Yoshino-sugi Cedar House, by Airbnb and Go Hasegawa, has the first floor opened up as community space to anyone who wants to use it. After the exhibition, the upstairs will serve as an Airbnb rental
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The Yoshino-sugi Cedar House, by Airbnb and Go Hasegawa, has the first floor opened up as community space to anyone who wants to use it. After the exhibition, the upstairs will serve as an Airbnb rental
The Yoshino-sugi Cedar House, by Airbnb and Go Hasegawa, has the first floor opened up as community space to anyone who wants to use it. After the exhibition, the upstairs will serve as an Airbnb rental
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The Yoshino-sugi Cedar House, by Airbnb and Go Hasegawa, has the first floor opened up as community space to anyone who wants to use it. After the exhibition, the upstairs will serve as an Airbnb rental
The Hiragana-no Spiral House, by Panasonic and Yuko Nagayama, features a curved wall that serves as a display screen for movies, video links and websites anywhere inside the house
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The Hiragana-no Spiral House, by Panasonic and Yuko Nagayama, features a curved wall that serves as a display screen for movies, video links and websites anywhere inside the house
The Hiragana-no Spiral House, by Panasonic and Yuko Nagayama, features a curved wall that serves as a display screen for movies, video links and websites anywhere inside the house
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The Hiragana-no Spiral House, by Panasonic and Yuko Nagayama, features a curved wall that serves as a display screen for movies, video links and websites anywhere inside the house
The Hiragana-no Spiral House, by Panasonic and Yuko Nagayama, features a curved wall that serves as a display screen for movies, video links and websites anywhere inside the house
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The Hiragana-no Spiral House, by Panasonic and Yuko Nagayama, features a curved wall that serves as a display screen for movies, video links and websites anywhere inside the house
Tanada Terrace Office, by Muji and Atelier Bow-Wow, is conceived as a second home for rural areas that can support the growing of rice
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Tanada Terrace Office, by Muji and Atelier Bow-Wow, is conceived as a second home for rural areas that can support the growing of rice
Tanada Terrace Office, by Muji and Atelier Bow-Wow, is conceived as a second home for rural areas that can support the growing of rice
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Tanada Terrace Office, by Muji and Atelier Bow-Wow, is conceived as a second home for rural areas that can support the growing of rice
Tanada Terrace Office, by Muji and Atelier Bow-Wow, is conceived as a second home for rural areas that can support the growing of rice
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Tanada Terrace Office, by Muji and Atelier Bow-Wow, is conceived as a second home for rural areas that can support the growing of rice
The Nomad House, by Mitsukoshi Isetan, Tanijiri Makoto, and Ai Yoshida is meant for temporary use by commuters who may wish to move from place to place for work
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The Nomad House, by Mitsukoshi Isetan, Tanijiri Makoto, and Ai Yoshida is meant for temporary use by commuters who may wish to move from place to place for work
The Nomad House, by Mitsukoshi Isetan, Tanijiri Makoto, and Ai Yoshida is meant for temporary use by commuters who may wish to move from place to place for work
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The Nomad House, by Mitsukoshi Isetan, Tanijiri Makoto, and Ai Yoshida is meant for temporary use by commuters who may wish to move from place to place for work
The Nomad House, by Mitsukoshi Isetan, Tanijiri Makoto, and Ai Yoshida is meant for temporary use by commuters who may wish to move from place to place for work
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The Nomad House, by Mitsukoshi Isetan, Tanijiri Makoto, and Ai Yoshida is meant for temporary use by commuters who may wish to move from place to place for work
Rental Space Tower, by Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. and Sou Fujimoto, is an idea for shared living that focuses on providing generous shared spaces
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Rental Space Tower, by Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. and Sou Fujimoto, is an idea for shared living that focuses on providing generous shared spaces
Rental Space Tower, by Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. and Sou Fujimoto, is an idea for shared living that focuses on providing generous shared spaces
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Rental Space Tower, by Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. and Sou Fujimoto, is an idea for shared living that focuses on providing generous shared spaces
Rental Space Tower, by Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. and Sou Fujimoto, is an idea for shared living that focuses on providing generous shared spaces
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Rental Space Tower, by Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. and Sou Fujimoto, is an idea for shared living that focuses on providing generous shared spaces
Life Core, by LIXIL and Shigeru Ban,  comprises ceilings and walls which consist of sheet materials secured in place by zippers as part of an attempt to offer low-cost housing 
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Life Core, by LIXIL and Shigeru Ban,  comprises ceilings and walls which consist of sheet materials secured in place by zippers as part of an attempt to offer low-cost housing 
Life Core, by LIXIL and Shigeru Ban,  comprises ceilings and walls which consist of sheet materials secured in place by zippers as part of an attempt to offer low-cost housing 
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Life Core, by LIXIL and Shigeru Ban,  comprises ceilings and walls which consist of sheet materials secured in place by zippers as part of an attempt to offer low-cost housing 
Life Core, by LIXIL and Shigeru Ban,  comprises ceilings and walls which consist of sheet materials secured in place by zippers as part of an attempt to offer low-cost housing 
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Life Core, by LIXIL and Shigeru Ban,  comprises ceilings and walls which consist of sheet materials secured in place by zippers as part of an attempt to offer low-cost housing 
Checkered Waterside, by Sumitomo Forestry,  Nishihata Seijun, and Kengo Kuma, isn't a house at all but a water garden
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Checkered Waterside, by Sumitomo Forestry,  Nishihata Seijun, and Kengo Kuma, isn't a house at all but a water garden
Checkered Waterside, by Sumitomo Forestry,  Nishihata Seijun, and Kengo Kuma, isn't a house at all but a water garden
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Checkered Waterside, by Sumitomo Forestry,  Nishihata Seijun, and Kengo Kuma, isn't a house at all but a water garden
Woodgrain House, by Toppan Printing and Hara Design Institute, is designed to resemble a section of Japanese cedar lumber, but made large
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Woodgrain House, by Toppan Printing and Hara Design Institute, is designed to resemble a section of Japanese cedar lumber, but made large
Woodgrain House, by Toppan Printing and Hara Design Institute, is designed to resemble a supersized block of Japanese cedar lumber
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Woodgrain House, by Toppan Printing and Hara Design Institute, is designed to resemble a supersized block of Japanese cedar lumber
Woodgrain House, by Toppan Printing and Hara Design Institute, is designed to resemble a supersized block of Japanese cedar lumber
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Woodgrain House, by Toppan Printing and Hara Design Institute, is designed to resemble a supersized block of Japanese cedar lumber
Inside-Out/Furniture-Room, by TOTO · YKK AP and Atsushi Igarashi Taiji Fujimori, features windows that are used as entrances to  spaces for bathing, dining, and relaxing
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Inside-Out/Furniture-Room, by TOTO · YKK AP and Atsushi Igarashi Taiji Fujimori, features windows that are used as entrances to  spaces for bathing, dining, and relaxing
Inside-Out/Furniture-Room, by TOTO · YKK AP and Atsushi Igarashi Taiji Fujimori, features windows that are used as entrances to  spaces for bathing, dining, and relaxing
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Inside-Out/Furniture-Room, by TOTO · YKK AP and Atsushi Igarashi Taiji Fujimori, features windows that are used as entrances to  spaces for bathing, dining, and relaxing
Inside-Out/Furniture-Room, by TOTO · YKK AP and Atsushi Igarashi Taiji Fujimori, features windows that are used as entrances to  spaces for bathing, dining, and relaxing
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Inside-Out/Furniture-Room, by TOTO · YKK AP and Atsushi Igarashi Taiji Fujimori, features windows that are used as entrances to  spaces for bathing, dining, and relaxing
Grand Third Living Room, by Kengo Kuma and Toyota, seeks to do away with the house completely and replace it with a trio of tents powered by a hybrid car
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Grand Third Living Room, by Kengo Kuma and Toyota, seeks to do away with the house completely and replace it with a trio of tents powered by a hybrid car
Grand Third Living Room, by Kengo Kuma and Toyota, seeks to do away with the house completely and replace it with a trio of tents powered by a hybrid car
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Grand Third Living Room, by Kengo Kuma and Toyota, seeks to do away with the house completely and replace it with a trio of tents powered by a hybrid car
Grand Third Living Room, by Kengo Kuma and Toyota, seeks to do away with the house completely and replace it with a trio of tents powered by a hybrid car
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Grand Third Living Room, by Kengo Kuma and Toyota, seeks to do away with the house completely and replace it with a trio of tents powered by a hybrid car
Wireless Roof House was designed by Culture Convenience Club, Hara Design Institute and Shinya Nakajima. It seeks to bring together family members who are separated physically by using smartphone apps to communicate
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Wireless Roof House was designed by Culture Convenience Club, Hara Design Institute and Shinya Nakajima. It seeks to bring together family members who are separated physically by using smartphone apps to communicate
Wireless Roof House was designed by Culture Convenience Club, Hara Design Institute and Shinya Nakajima. It seeks to bring together family members who are separated physically by using smartphone apps to communicate
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Wireless Roof House was designed by Culture Convenience Club, Hara Design Institute and Shinya Nakajima. It seeks to bring together family members who are separated physically by using smartphone apps to communicate
Wireless Roof House was designed by Culture Convenience Club, Hara Design Institute and Shinya Nakajima. It seeks to bring together family members who are separated physically by using smartphone apps to communicate
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Wireless Roof House was designed by Culture Convenience Club, Hara Design Institute and Shinya Nakajima. It seeks to bring together family members who are separated physically by using smartphone apps to communicate
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Japan punches above its weight in the production of innovative and unusual homes, in part because of size constraints and in part due to a housing market in which it's expected that most homes will be knocked-down and replaced within 30 years. The country is therefore well-placed to come up with new housing ideas, and this year's House Vision Tokyo exhibition brings together some of its best architects to do just that.

The theme for this year's exhibition is "Co-Dividual: Split and Connect/Separate and Come Together." It aims to promote ideas that bring people together, in addition to addressing issues like Japan's aging society, economic stagnation, and recent disasters.

There's a total of 12 prototype homes in all, and they run the gamut from wacky to perfectly realizable. Each has been constructed for the exhibition and can be viewed by the public in Tokyo until August 28.

Here's three of our favorites:

The house with refrigerator access from outside

"What if we can make a house with a refrigerator that can be accessed from outside?" asks Yamato Holdings and Fumie Shibata with The House with Refrigerator Access from Outside
"What if we can make a house with a refrigerator that can be accessed from outside?" asks Yamato Holdings and Fumie Shibata with The House with Refrigerator Access from Outside

"What if we can make a house with a refrigerator that can be accessed from outside?" asks Yamato Holdings and Fumie Shibata. The idea certainly has merit, and enabling street access to the fridge would allow people to order fresh food by courier and have it waiting for them, after work, for example. There's also space for dry-cleaned clothes and normal parcels.

While there are obvious security concerns, these should be easy enough to overcome.

Grand Third Living Room

Grand Third Living Room, by Kengo Kuma and Toyota, seeks to do away with the house completely and replace it with a trio of tents powered by a hybrid car
Grand Third Living Room, by Kengo Kuma and Toyota, seeks to do away with the house completely and replace it with a trio of tents powered by a hybrid car

This concept sees well-known Japanese architect Kengo Uma join with Toyota to do away with the traditional house completely, replacing it with a new kind of new nomadic lifestyle where "occupants" carry a trio of lightweight, tough tents in the trunk of their Plug-in Hybrid Toyota.

Once pulled up at a suitable spot with carbon fiber-framed tent erected, the idea is to use the hybrid car as a source of green energy and communication. We can't see this one catching on as a replacement for the house, but perhaps it could be fun for camping trips.

Rental Space Tower

Rental Space Tower, by Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. and Sou Fujimoto, is an idea for shared living that focuses on providing generous shared spaces
Rental Space Tower, by Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. and Sou Fujimoto, is an idea for shared living that focuses on providing generous shared spaces

Daito Trust Construction teamed up with Sou Fujimoto to produce this idea for shared rental housing that minimizes the size of private areas like bedrooms, in favor of shared spaces.

The garden, library, and kitchen would be large, enabling residents to pursue hobbies such as baking and gardening for example, with the space and equipment that they may not otherwise enjoy in a smaller pad. Shared living offers obvious merits in built-up cities like Tokyo, and such projects are definitely increasing in popularity.

Head to the gallery to see more of the innovative architecture featured in the exhibition.

Source: House Vision Tokyo

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4 comments
VincentWolf
Too many steps for the handicapped and elderly.
Nik
'Shared spaces' dont work well. They were tried in the 60's in London, and other UK cities, and were usually a disaster, neglected, and used as dumping sites. Only if they have restricted access, and have caretakers to maintain them do they work. Caretakers are expensive, probably more so than giving people their own spaces to maintain.
EricChiarelli
The future of housing is an MC Escher drawing come to life? That will be fun after a few beers...
dchall8
My daughter lived in just such an Escheresque home in Guanajuato, Mexico several years ago. The neighborhood was build on a mountainside. The roads were so steep I had to stop and rest, twice, once at the foot of the stairs leading to her house. Every bedroom was on a different level. There was a small dining area off the kitchen, but most family meals had to be taken on another level. It was odd to me, but sort of normal to her after a few weeks.