HOUSE VISION 2 2016 TOKYO EXHIBITION was held from July to August, 2016, following the first HOUSE VISION exhibition in 2013. HOUSE VISION is a project that takes the house as the starting point for visualizing potential solutions at the intersection between industries. The theme for 2016 was CO-DIVIDUAL (Split and Connect/Separate and Come Together). Fifteen corporations and thirteen teams of architects and other creatives collaborated, addressing the question of how we can bring together and re-connect individuals, urban and rural areas, and fragmented technologies. The resulting ideas were presented in Tokyo as twelve houses and one rest space.


1. House with Refrigerator Access from Outside: Yamato Holdings + Fumie SHIBATA

A house with an additional door that links directly to logistics systems. This is a proposal for a new way of living where the occupants and the people who make deliveries are linked by a logistics space that can be accessed from both inside and outside the house

2. Yoshino-sugi Cedar House: Airbnb + Go HASEGAWA

A guest house constructed using Yoshino cedar and cypress wood. After the edition, the house was reconstructed in Yoshino Town, Nara Prefecture, where the first floor provides a community space opened up to the townspeople, and the second floor accommodates visitors to the area, creating the potential for natural engagement between the people of the community and its visitors.

3. Hiragana-no Spiral House: Panasonic + Yuko NAGAYAMA

A house with a continuous wall in the spiral shape of the hiragana character "no" (の), and a lightweight roof of tent material. The entire curved wall serves as a display screen. Combined with IoT technology, it links residents seamlessly to the outside world wherever they are in the house.

4. Tanada Terrace Office: MUJI + Atelier Bow-Wow

A satellite office with the ground floor functioning as an agricultural space and the upper floor as an office space. The design came from the idea of a workplace that enables people to help in the fields when the weather is good, but do other work on rainy days. After the exhibition, the office was reconstructed overlooking terraced rice fields in the village of Kamanuma on the Boso Peninsula, where it is now in use, putting the idea into practice.

5. Nomad House: Isetan Mitsukoshi + Makoto TANIJIRI/Ai YOSHIDA

A house having a number of subsidiary internal structures, with the remaining spaces functioning as a garden. This house targets the new nomad: people who, instead of settling in one place, consider migrating for work as the norm. Taking the house as an accumulation of living and environmental spaces, selecting and obtaining things that are appropriate for a specific individual creates a house that is fully informed by the owner's lifestyle.

6. Rental Space Tower: Daito Trust Construction + Sou FUJIMOTO

A new form of rental housing created by deconstructing conventional facilities into private areas and shared areas, then physically reconstructing the housing. Minimizing the private spaces and maximizing the shared spaces such as kitchens, baths, gardens, and the library results in a rental housing complex that becomes a small neighborhood.

7. Open House with Condensed Core: LIXIL + Shigeru BAN

A house that condenses plumbing into a single unit, and has large glass windows that can both slide and tilt easily. The architecture uses a structure of PHP panels-panels with a paper honeycomb sandwiched between plywood. In combination with these panels, the strategy of disconnecting the layout from the plumbing enables greater flexibility of layout to suit the owner's needs and ensures faster construction.

8. Checkerboard Water Garden: Sumitomo Forestry + Seijun NISHIHATA + Kengo KUMA

A garden space with trees and water that creates an ideal situation for talking, attracting people looking for somewhere to cool down. The checkerboard pattern is produced by a structure assembled from squares made of laminated cypress wood, and can be adapted to an urban site of any size simply by varying the number of squares.

9. Woodgrain House: Toppan Printing + HARA Design Institute

House created from printed laminates manufactured with advanced printing technology to accurately and consistently reproduce woodgrain. Incorporating sensing and other technologies into the laminate dramatically enhances the potential of print laminates as materials that provide environmental benefits.

10. Inside-Out/Furniture-Room: TOTO・YKK AP + Jun IGARASHI/Taiji FUJIMORI

A house with five windows that are openings with depth, radiating off a pivotal room. Each of these openings/spaces has its own function, such as a living room based on a sofa, a dining kitchen or a space for bathing. The resulting unfamiliar, but livable, spaces fit between what we usually think of as inside and outside, and between what we usually thing of as furniture or a room.

11. Grand Third Living Room: TOYOTA + Kengo KUMA

Tents made of strong air-tight fabric and light but strong carbon fiber frames. By transporting these tents in a Prius PHV vehicle that can generate solar power, the car can be used to supply power, enabling families to carry a comfortable living environment with them into the expanses of nature.

12. One Family Under a Wireless Roof: Culture Convenience Club + HARA Design Institute (exhibit design) + Shinya NAKAJIMA (video)

A new approach to communication within families through the TONE smartphone service. A demonstration of how families can be together under the same 'wireless roof' provided by communications services, even if they are not under the same physical roof-depicted in a 180-degree skit using virtual reality.

Reiryo Kohiten-Sen: AGF + Go HASEGAWA

A coffee shop that offers AGF coffee served with plenty of ice, a drink that goes well with mizuyokan (sweet jellied bean paste). Soft shade is provided by large pieces of coarse, lightweight material that call to mind coffee sacks, suspended between beams so that gravity creates natural curves.

Audio Guide

An audio guide to the exhibition was provided as an app that could be downloaded free of charge. In the guide, exhibition director Kenya Hara gave his description of each of the houses exhibited.
AD: Kenya Hara
Planning Coordination: Sadao Tsuchiya*
Planning / Management: Kaoru Matsuno
Promotion: Tomoko Nishi
Graphic: Hiroaki Kawanami, Nozomi Morisada, Kanako Ohashi,
Yuka Okazaki, Akane Sakai, Natsumi Mano, Mika Tohmon,
Xin Zhong, Megumi Ohno
Editrial: Shimpei Nakamura, Tomomi Kitamura
Movie Director: Taiki Fukao
Web / App: Hiroyuki Saito, Kohei Shimizu*
C: Kyoko Nagase
CG: Kenichi Hashimoto*, amana
P: Shimei Nakatogawa, Kei Iwasaki, Shintaro Ono, amana, Nacása & Partners Inc. , DJI
Press: Yasuko Natsume