Take A Tokyo Archi-tour

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CRAFT: Take a Tokyo Archi-Tour

You’ve seen the Japanese House Exhibition. You’ve read about homes with no walls, houses with fully functioning rooftop allotments and micro-apartments stacked up like Jenga blocks. But nothing’s going to beat seeing Tokyo’s most mind blowing homes in the flesh. Follow our Tokyo archi-tour for living spaces as you’ve never seen them before. We’ve even made you a map.

1.     House NA: Down a quiet street it Tokyo’s Koenji district, you’ll come across one of the city’s most radical homes. Sou Fujimoto’s House NA is a wall-less, transparent living space set over a series of staggered platforms linked by stairs and ladders. Inspired by the concept of living in the branches of a tree, House NA was built to satisfy the owners’ desire to live like nomads within their own home.

2.      Garden House: Hidden down a side street in downtown Tokyo, you’ll discover Ryue Nishizawa’s Garden House squeezed between two high-rise apartment blocks on a plot just four metres wide. Affording the owners natural light and outdoor space in one of Tokyo’s most densely populated neighbourhoods, the five-story townhouse is almost entirely transparent and designed with garden spaces in every room.

3.     Moriyama House: a second unique living concept from architect Ryue Nishizawa, you’ll find Yasuo Moriyama’s multi-building home in Tokyo’s Nishikamata suburb. Built as a series of ten independent living spaces with interconnecting gardens, Nishizawa has created a minimal, modular home with flexible spaces to be used in infinite ways, however the owner chooses.

4.     Nakagin Capsule Tower: with space at a premium, Japanese designers were exploring micro-living way before the tiny house movement was a trend. Built in the early 1970’s, Kisho Kurokawa’s iconic Capsule Tower can be found in bustling Shimbashi. A dense stack of 140 compact apartments, storage areas and office spaces, Kurokawa’s design paved the way for capsule living spaces in Japan. And if you want to get a look inside the building itself, you can even rent a capsule on Airbnb.

5.     Nira House: Built in the late 90s, Terunobu Fujimori’s Nira, or Leek House remains one of Tokyo’s most innovative domestic designs. Famed for his experimental use of natural materials, subversion of traditional techniques and above all his sense of humour, Terunobu’s Leek House is characterised by its rooftop vegetable garden.

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