Giants of Japanese architecture design prototypes for houses of the future
Following the success of the inaugural House Vision in Tokyo in 2013, the exhibition has returned again this summer. This year, the event brought together an impressive group of Japanese architect sand construction companies to design houses of the future. The teams designed and built 12 prototypes based on ideas of renowned designers including Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban.
Shigeru Ban‘s Open House with Condensed Core proposes that plumbing water and waste could be funneled through the ceiling instead of floors to provide more organizational flexibility. Floor-to-ceiling windows open outwards at a right angle as a space-saving solution.
Sou Fujimoto conceived a housing model named Rental Space Tower, which provides shared living spaces. The “pixelated” structure was built in collaboration with real estate company Daito Trust Construction.
Atelier Bow Wow teamed up with Japanese design brand Muji to build Tanada Terrace Office. The building is a prototype for paddy field housing and references traditional structural solutions such as stilted timber construction. This solution would function as a workspace for digital nomads. Another model addressing the trend of nomadic living is the temporary Nomad House, designed by Suppose Design Office founders Makoto Tanijiri and Ai Yoshida.
Kengo Kuma designed the venue and came up with a series of solar-powered tents named Grand Third Living Room. Latticed timber walkways connect all the exhibits, including the Checkerboard Water Garden designed by Kuma himself.
One of the houses-Go Hasegawa‘s Yoshino-Sugi Cedar House-will be transported to the town of Yoshino after the exhibition closes and listed on Airbnb. Inside-Out/Furniture-Room, designed by architect Jun Igarashi and furniture designer Taiji Fujimori for toilet manufacturer Toto and window company YKK AP, has built-in furniture placed in volumes that radially branch out from a central core. Visitors of the One Family Under a Wireless Roof can use VR headsets to experience how families living apart communicate and stay in touch, while Hiragana-no Spiral House, designed by Yuko Nagayama for Panasonic, features a spiraling screen for watching films.
Several other projects address different aspects of modern living and housing trends, often using the latest technology to educate visitors and allow them to experience space.