House of the Day: House in Ashitaka by Kazuo Shinohara

One of a group of minimal, concrete houses designed by Kazuo Shinohara between 1970 and 1977, this property in Ashitaka is inspired by Japan’s traditional ‘Chise’ houses found in the Ainu Kotan. These houses, of the Japanese indigenous villages, were generally constructed from bamboo leaves, wild grasses, thatch, reed grass and tree bark, a stark contrast to Shinohara’s concrete vernacular.

Photography: Kazuo Shinohara Photographs