Japanese houses are characterized by a sense of style, reduction, high-quality materials, and optimally used space. All good reasons to orientate yourself towards this architectural style and to give the Asian influence more space also in the European world. Many architects are already under their spell and live out the architectural expression even in western climes. That is why we would like to show you today’s houses that were built in Germany, Austria or Switzerland and imitate the Japanese style – be it consciously or unconsciously.
Japan is a country of contradictions. On the one hand, it offers bright metropolises like Tokyo, which are so densely populated that living space is a real rarity. On the other hand, the island is crossed by green meadows, which are only populated selectively.
The Austrian architecture firm Caramel Architects created a house in the middle of Vienna that reminds us of the architecture of Japanese houses. The view is introverted and closed. The width of the building is extremely small at five meters, but the depth extends over an enormous length of 35 meters.
The influence of Japanese architecture is evident in the living area. The high room is characterized by the rough exposed concrete surface, which has been provided with board formwork optics on the walls and the ceiling. The wooden flooring is based on the gray material and was aligned parallel to the formwork pattern. An inner courtyard, which is typical of Japanese houses, picks up on the prevailing naturalness of the room. The openings are unconventional and create the impression of being in a house in the middle of Tokyo.
Traditional Japanese Houses
Traditional Japanese houses cannot be imagined without shoji, sliding doors. Here a wooden frame made of high-quality cedar wood is covered with a thin layer of parchment. These doors filter the light from the outside and thus create a soft light in the room. The frames traditionally receive fresh Japanese paper once a year.
Japanese houses rarely have a garden because the living space is scarce and incredibly expensive. Anyone who still enjoys this privilege of an outside space has a courtyard that has been integrated into the house. Because this gives more privacy in the prevailing narrow urban settlement. The greening of these Asian patios is based on Japanese gardens, which have a clear structure. Much emphasis is also placed on the materials that are supposed to reflect the appearance of the facade. That is why stones are often used. Balance creates water and selective greening.