How to Build a Sleek, Bold House in Crowded, Earthquake-Prone Japan

The Japanese House Reinvented, a new book by Philip Jodidio, is a study in architecture born of constraints.

Even though Japan is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, some 60 percent of Japanese dwellings are single-family homes. Tightly packed urban areas, limited building plots that restrict outdoor space, and the ever-present menace of earthquakes force the best contemporary Japanese architects to take risks and innovate. Jodidio notes in the book that many...

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