By Cathelijne Nuijsink
Nowhere in the world have architects built so many small and exceptional homes as in Japan, and nowhere with such ingenuity and success. How to Make a Japanese House presents 21 contemporary houses and situates them in the evolution of Japanese housing. Simultaneously, the book provides insight into the unique design approach of three different generations of Japanese architects.
The interviews with architects Jun Aoki, Ryue Nishizawa and Sou Fujimoto clarify in a personal way the backgrounds of the designs. With her fascination for Japanese culture, Cathelijne Nuijsink takes the reader on a journey into the contemporary Japanese house. Using a rich array of research, drawings and photographs, How to Make a Japanese House demonstrates the strength of the Japanese dwelling turns out not to lie in a rational quantity of square metres, but to be of a spiritual nature.
Rotterdam 2012, 16cm x 24cm, illustrated, 328pp. Paperback.