In today's world a term "ecological architecture" is defined not only by standards that aim to prevent negative impact from environment to a human being, but also by standards that aim to minimize human impact on the environment. In traditional Japanese architecture the three core elements — human being, building and nature—are not opposed to each other, but coexist in a constant dialogue.
This paper is aims to describe a new attitude emerging in contemporary Japanese architecture, which combine experience and perspective of the past with the present innovations. Projects of Taira Nishizawa Architects, SUEP. (Yoko and Hirokazu Suemitsu) and DESIGN NEUOB (Hiroshi Ota and Toru Kashihara) are examined.
In the 20th century Japanese house has undergone a tremendous metamorphosis transforming from established vernacular typology to a vast range of different architectural approaches. This process took form of complex interaction between Japanese vernacular and new western dwelling. The purpose of this research is to identify the origins for the space organisation of contemporary Japanese house. This has been done by examining three houses of architects A. Raymond (1926), K. Tsuchiura (1935), and R. Maekawa (1942) with a focus on correlation between architectural space and social meaning of dwelling space in Japanese tradition.