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Jutaku: Japanese Houses

by Naomi Pollock

Hardback Publication Date: 12/10/2015

RRP  $29.95 $29.75

Quirky, surprising and entertaining - with more than 400 houses, Jutaku is architecture at the speed of Japan.

Frenetic. Pulsating. Disorienting. Japan's contemporary culture is constantly in flux. In stark contrast to the centuries old imperial architecture of Kyoto, recent Japanese architectural practices have ushered in an era of continuous experimentation.

With 500 houses, one house per page, one image per house, Jutaku: Japanese Houses is a fast-paced, ""quick hit"" shock to the system that shines a Harajuku-bright neon light on the sheer volume, variety and novelty of contemporary Japanese residential architecture.

Featuring the work of many of Japan's most famous architects including Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Jun Igarishi, Shuhei Endo and dozens of up and coming and completely unknown young architects, Jutaku is organized geographically taking readers on a bullet train journey across Japan's architectural landscape. Essential reading for architects, designers and fans of contemporary Japanese culture.

ISBN:
9780714869629
9780714869629
Category:
Residential buildings
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
12-10-2015
Publisher:
Phaidon Press Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
512
Dimensions (mm):
184x124x44mm
Weight:
0.82kg

"Another winner from Phaidon...A must for those interested in architecture and design."
selectism.com 

"This lively survey of over 400 wild and whimsical houses... Shows the depth of talent and spirited adventurousness in Japanese architecture today."
Architectural Record

"Jutaku may be the conventional Japanese word meaning house, but the new generation of homes being built there are anything but conventional. Preconceptions of what a house should look like have been discarded in favour of designs which challenge our ideas. This eclectic assembly of the weird and wonderful will provide plenty of thought for those contemplating building a home that is really out of the ordinary."
Self Build and Design

"The collection exposes continual experimentation from Japan's renowned architects supplemented with works from up-and-coming talents."
Metropolis

"There's a surfeit of unorthodox, wildly creative Japanese houses out there, and 400 of them are packed into Jutaku: Japanese Houses, a new tome from Phaidon."
Fastcodesign.com

Naomi Pollock

Naomi Pollock is an American architect who lives in Tokyo where she writes about design in Japan. Her work has appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Pacific, including A+U, Dwell, Jutakutokushu, Wallpaperand Architectural Record for whom she is the Special International Correspondent.

In addition, she is the author of Modern Japanese House and Hitoshi Abe (both published by Phaidon Press), Made in Japan: 100 New Products, as well as the co-author of New Architecture in Japan.

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