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House-Building, Konakajima 6: Completed

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 2 March 2009 in Cityscape & Urban.

Here are the houses as they look today. This is a very popular style of housing in Japan at the moment. You can clearly recognise the time that houses were built over here by their architectural styles. Styles seem to change about every ten years or so (that's just a guess from my observation).

Also notice the ever-present overhead power lines...

I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Makes me think of my studio down town when I was living in Fukuoka. Not as new as those appartments...

2 Mar 2009 7:03am

@akarui: Thanks Olivier. Your studio sounds cool!

standley from Carquefou, France

I personaly like this sober architecture!

2 Mar 2009 9:08am

@standley: Thanks Richard!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Very sober geometrical lines. It looks modern and clean...efficient comes to mind.

2 Mar 2009 2:20pm

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie. Yes... clean, sober, geometrical... good descriptions.

Cheryl from Texas, United States

yes efficient is pefect for this arthitecture! are they call town homes or condo's or homes? Is there any yard besides the cement we see? nice clean, clear image with great perspective and composition Daryl! very interesting as well.

2 Mar 2009 2:37pm

@Cheryl: Just called a house Cheryl. No, there's no yard or garden - it's Japan! Thanks.

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

I love your series on the construction of houses, and I'm amazed at the similarities with our way of building, including the overhead utility lines! :-)

2 Mar 2009 2:37pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Thanks Wolfgang!

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Sort of surprised they're not putting more power lines underground.

2 Mar 2009 4:27pm

@Twelvebit: Many people here feel the same way.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Nice shot; very interesting series. I assume these places don't have central heating/air conditioning but rely on the slim inside/outside units one sees a lot. True?

2 Mar 2009 6:05pm

@Steve Rice: I think the only places in Japan with central heating are in Hokkaido and maybe way up north at the top of Honshu. People generally use air conditioners or oil heaters to warm their homes.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Don't get me wrong, underground is not necessarily smarter(depending on the particular application --it might be smarter if it, say, prevented frequent major storm damage). Underground costs a lot more money --both capital and maintenance-- is harder to work on and repair, and more difficult to expand when circuit limits are reached. From the construction and maintenance standpoint, overhead lines are easier and cheaper, but most large cities here seem to have done away with them for aesthetic reasons.

3 Mar 2009 4:20pm

@Twelvebit: Cities in Japan don't care about aesthetics really. You'll see when you visit... I always assumed that the popularity of overhead power lines was something to do with earthquakes... safer, easier to repair, whatever... but apparently that's not true at all.