Top 3 New Futuristic Designs to Discover in Japanese Homes

Japanese homes have evolved a lot through the years, moving past their more traditional offerings of much smaller spaces. While homes in the UK are tackling numerous hidden complications, those in Japan are moving from strength to strength through a mixture astonishing design feats and technological innovations. Homes in Japan are becoming marvels also.

But how is this being achieved? And how is Japan accelerating the growth of their Japanese homes into the future so smoothly? Companies like RS Components have long helped the country is always one step ahead – but how so in the domestic area?

Consequently, here’re the top 3 futuristic designs currently making the rounds in Japanese homes.

Hiragana-no Spiral House

Hiragana-no Spiral House. Image via Hara Design Institute.

This home is fitted with a single wall that winds its way through the home, smoothly doubling as one big screen to provide entertainment; whether that’s through watching television or browsing the internet at large. Architect Yuko Nagayama teamed with legendary tech company Panasonic to develop this home, and it once again follows the trends of core-based Japanese architecture.

The roof also utilises a transmitter of sorts; a state-of-the-art weather sensor that informs users of conditions outside. This house is truly responsive to the homeowner and keeps them connected with the outside world at all times, with technology integrated into the very core of the home.

Outside Refrigerators/Storage

Many people are ordering there’re groceries online today. It gets delivered right to their door, but the trick is they must be in to receive the delivery. Otherwise, the food can obviously go off or becoming spoilt if it’s not stored properly and quickly. Therefore, Japan has been hard at work in trying to make things a little simpler in this regard.

Japanese homes are utilising design choices that make this catch 22 problem irrelevant. Instead, homes are being fitted with outside refrigerator and storage access. This means delivery peoples of things like food and drink can locate a small compartment next to the front door of the recipient, one that’s outfitted with suitable conditions to store consumables. Regular packages and even laundry have spaces to be stored too.

Flexible Homes

The design of many Japanese homes today is based around minimalism and flexibility. It’s innovative right down to the walls and windows, many of which can now be rotated or moved around at the homeowner’s leisure. Water-based ‘bundles’ are fitted into the home (grouping showers, basins, baths together) as a key focus. The water pipes themselves are integrated into the attic space, which means the bundle of water utilities can be, mostly, stored anywhere inside.

It’s simple yet beautiful, basic but bombastic in terms of how radical these design choices truly are. It’s flexible, and yet simultaneously so easy to build too. Though this house surprises and revolutionises, it still accommodates those who prefer a simpler lifestyle. Japan is currently focusing on the phenomenon of ‘temporary housing’ due to all the natural disasters the country experiences too. Consequently, these homes are supposed to be quickly and cheaply assembled, so if/when homes are lost, they’re easier to replace and rebuild.