Japanese architecture is very popular in Europe and the Western world and this publication provides an overview of its many design concepts and cross-references. Using design examples and interviews, the book presents thirteen positions: from young architects who take up extremely independent positions within Japanese architecture to the Pritzker Prize winners Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki.

Six essays by European specialists on Japan provide supplementary insights into the aesthetics and space concepts of Japanese architecture, making cross-references to Japan’s architectural history, and explaining current lines of development. The book thus combines a self-reflective approach with an outsider’s analytical view.