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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.
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eschew conventional forms for daring contortions and feats of structural engineering." -Dwell "an array of weird and wonderful houses in all shapes and sizes"-Blueprint "illustrates an era of continuous experimentation... homes the likes of which would not be found elsewhere" -ADF (Architects Datafile) "Showcasing the best, strangest and most daring of contemporary Japanese architecture with full-color images, [this] is a hardcover tome that will surprise and inspire readers to think outside the 'duplex'" -Coolhunting "the Japanese have a distinctive approach to building houses. ...a penchant for surprisingly angled walls, clever use of windows plus an ability to build successful living spaces on extremely small plots of land. ...enjoy these houses while they last, because they will be replaced by new, no doubt equally eccentric and elegant, designs before too long" -Creative Review "Japanese contemporary residential architecture is beautifully explored... Full of remarkable buildings" -Sphere "Jutaku gems that the put the boring old A-frame to shame" -The Guardian