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Traditional Japanese House Design in Modern Style by Foster + Partners

Mon, Apr 13, 2009 | Modern home designs | By Mike
 
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The Kawana house is a fusion of the Japanese love of harmony and respect for nature and the Western architecture of steel and glass. It is exploration of traditional Japanese architecture in a modern context. Sited on a dramatic stretch of volcanic coastline where long, inaccessible fingers of lava jut into Sagami Bay, the change in levels across the site and the views out to sea are main things to consider in house design. Full-height glazed sliding doors line the perimeter, allowing the living spaces to open out on t terraces, to capture amazing landscape views around. It’s not usual for traditional Japanese architecture to have a lot of light inside the house but that becomes more and more popular in modern. Besides glazed doors and big windows, Kawana house has the roof as a fifth facade of glass. [Foster + Partners]

Modern Japanese Traditional House


Modern Japanese Traditional House


Modern Japanese Traditional House


Modern Japanese Traditional House


Modern Japanese Traditional House


Modern Japanese Traditional House


Modern Japanese Traditional House


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  1. Dani Says:

    Hello,I´m interested in japanese houses to be build in spain,kawana house is very nice,do you design tradicional houses too?Is it possible to import them to spain?
    I´m looking for prebuilt constructions disigned in harmony with the mountains, nature, and sea.
    Please contact to me if youre interested.
    Best regards,
    Daniel Castells

  2. ziv diamond Says:

    hello!!!!!!!!

  3. KMH Says:

    this photo wouldn’t be posted so were it not for master of minimalism.

    i.e. Farnsworth House by Mies?

    http://www.housedesignnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/farnsworth-house-by-mies-van-der-rohe-in-illinois-usa.jpg

    sure, it’s Japanese etc, but why bypass the auteur who made this image famous in our haste to claim some kind of bacchean orgy of indegenous and modern architectures?

  4. Goma Says:

    I dont see any “japanese” in it…please someone shade the light in here…..if its a fusion of japanese and western architecture what is japanese about it. furniture/style all are non-japanese…… “love of harmony and respect for nature” can be seen in other form of architecture too.