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Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates

16th Dec 2014

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The firm that epitomises everything we love about Japanese architecture – clean, modern lines, quality, function and pioneering design. One of Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates’ projects in Nara, a Japanese city near Osaka and Kyoto, sums this up beautifully. The geometrically inspired home incorporates extensive views of Nara into its design, ensuring the outside world is always visible. With modernist and Bauhaus influences, the structure must be one of the coolest homes ever created for a husband and wife about to retire.

Born in Osaka, Yoshiaki Yamashita started his firm in 1994 and is still based in Osaka. Often applauded for his ability to create structures across varying contexts and environments, whether woodland, inner city or coast, his works will undoubtedly
satisfy any architectural appetite.

What inspired you to start a career in architecture?

It was one project in particular. The Residence of Japanese Heian Period which is composed of posts and beams with deep eaves. From there it was modern architecture in general that prevailed it. 

Describe your design concept
With any house I create, I always try to achieve a primitive architecture.

Which architect’s project do you wish you had designed?
The Taichung Metropolitan Opera House by Toyo Ito.

What part of your career are you most proud of?
When the house is completed and the client is pleased!

What inspires you daily?
Simply a wooded area to look at from my house!

What are you currently working on?

A wooden three-story house in Japan that is currently under construction.

How big is your team?
It's simply myself and one staff.

What architects inspire you?
Mies van der Rohe , Sanaa, Glenn Murcutt to name a few...


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