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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NAI Publishers; 01 edition (5 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 905662850X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9056628505
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Nergens ter wereld hebben architecten zoveel kleine en bijzondere huizen gebouwd als in Japan en nergens met zoveel vindingrijkheid en succes. How to Make a Japanese House presenteert 21 hedendaagse huizen en plaatst die in de ontwikkeling van de huisvesting in Japan. Tegelijkertijd biedt het boek inzicht in de unieke ontwerpaanpak van drie generaties Japanse architecten.

In de in het boek opgenomen interviews lichten architecten als Jun Aoki, Ryue Nishizawa en Sou Fujimoto op persoonlijke wijze de achtergronden van de ontwerpen toe. Cathelijne Nuijsink is gefascineerd door de Japanse cultuur en neemt de lezer mee op een reis door het hedendaagse Japanse huis. Door gebruik te maken van een breed geheel van onderzoek, tekeningen en foto's laat How to Make a Japanese House zien dat Japanse huizen een totaal andere manier van denken over architectuur vertegenwoordigen. De naar westerse normen extreem krappe Japanse behuizing kan maar amper comfortabel worden genoemd. Dat vraagt om kennis van het traditionele Japanse huis, van de familiecultuur en van de beperkingen van het bouwen in dichtbevolkte gebieden. De kracht van de Japanse behuizing blijkt niet te liggen in een rationele hoeveelheid vierkante meters, maar blijkt van spirituele aard te zijn.


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5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational 15 Feb. 2013
By Nutmegger - Published on Amazon.com
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This book reads like a philosophy text. What makes it so good is the philosophers are architects and their medium is private homes in a country with very small plots and construction budgets. The book illustrates the creation of the illusion of inner space and a sense of interior design minimalism that has changed the way I look at the inside of rooms. The pictures are plentiful and striking. It would make a great coffee table book, except for the lack of status of the genre.

Oh hell, leave it on the coffee table anyway. It will increase the frequency of your access and explode the mind of your friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone interested in Japanese architecture 4 Jun. 2014
By James - Published on Amazon.com
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After finding this book on the shelf of my school's library and reading it completely through I knew this book would become a great resource in the future in my career as an architect. I bought this book and it arrived right on time and was neatly packed in the box. The book is filled with countless pictures of varying homes as well as interviews with some of the most influential architects in Japan today. Additionally in the back of the book there are multiple essays from different architects to promote what might become of architecture in the future and how we should go about approaching it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you very much 11 Oct. 2012
By Vicente Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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An Incredible book.!! If you Like Japanese culture, small space solution, and esthetic, this is the book to have, excellent quality of printing and paper. this is the book to have and share.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful an well put together 13 May 2013
By maav1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Really enjoyable book, not only has beautiful images but also all the information you may want to read about for each one of the projects included. The size is nice as well, it is not bulky or heavy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fundamental publication for those aiming to better understand the design mechanisms for such ec(zen)tric ways of living. 8 Sept. 2012
By Rafael A. Ayala Balboa - Published on Amazon.com
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The recent architectural glutonny and obession for innovative ways of living, has found in the Japanese house its most significant fad. More than ever keen attention to each of these buildings is dedicated in blogs and diverse publications mainly through pictures and plans. Even with great illustrations, this book is not the case, as architectural critic Taro Igarashi has well remarked, of a coffee table book. It is rather a valuable contribution to understand some of the forces and constraints Japanese architects have to deal with when building in a city as Tokyo. Opening a dialogue through interviews with the authors of these singular dwellings, it is a first-hand documentation of thier own design strategies.

Nuijsink has somehow decoded wisely what lies behind the contemporary Japanese house-making scene by tracing the ideas and connecting threads from the 50's generation such as Kuma, Sejima and Aoki, passing through Chiba, Tsukamoto and Nishizawa (60's generation), to the younger generation (70's) with architects as Fujimoto, Tanijiri and Ishigami, for mentioning few.

A fundamental publication for those aiming to better understand the design mechanisms for such ec(zen)tric ways of living.

Rafael A. Balboa.
PhD candidate. Kengo Kuma Laboratory.
The University of Tokyo.
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