Freedom to live
What is the future villa / villa?

(株)JWA建築・都市設計一級建築士事務所 代表 渡辺 純さん
Architect Jun Watanabe
(株)JWA建築・都市設計一級建築士事務所 代表 渡辺 純さん

Architect Jun Watanabe

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How to live = How to live

The environment surrounding us is undergoing major changes. We are trying to adapt to the situation by trying to avoid "denseness" as much as possible in the way of working, transportation, and communication.

While the effects of the new coronavirus cause many inconveniences such as cancellation of trips and events, it may have accelerated the flow in the first place.

"How to live" may be one of them. The diversification of "living style" due to changes in the values ​​that value the living environment such as spending time with the family and preparing oneself, so to speak, changes in the internal perception and changes in the external environment such as the spread of telework Early, it looks like an irreversible move. Choose where and how to live according to your life stage and interests, and sometimes combine them. For example, more and more people are moving or living in multiple locations.

"Housing" occupies a large share of time and money in daily life. How to live can be expressed as "how to live". From now on, the concept of housing will be free, more choices and more liquidity. In such a context, By Emotion proposes villas and villas as one of the living options through discussions with architects.

JWA Architecture / Urban Design Jun Watanabe

JWA Architecture / Urban Design Co., Ltd. located in Yoyogi-Uehara, Shibuya-ku. Jun Watanabe, the representative, graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo, and then completed the Graduate School of Architecture, Harvard University. After joining the company, he was in charge of Makuhari Messe as a project architect at Maki General Planning Office. 1990 Independently, after becoming an assistant professor at the University of Texas, he has been teaching at home and abroad and has won numerous awards.

From a multi-angle perspective based on experience in Japan and the United States, communication and cooperation with clients from the idea that "a house is not the end if the hardware of" housing "is completed, but it will grow together with the owner". Designed to emphasize work.

Jun Watanabe, CEO of JWA Architecture and Urban Design Co., Ltd.

Kibi House

Built in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, this house was built for a couple of conductors and wife musicians who are active in New York to socialize when they return to Japan several times a year. The living room, which was made large at the request of the owner, is designed so that several Steinway grand pianos can be placed in Japan with the lid open.

The theme of the

design was to gently place a steel roof so as to contrast with the U-shaped wall that grew from the ground, just like the harmony of an orchestra. Mr. Watanabe says that "design and livability coexist without conflict", and by using a lot of glass on the south side overlooking the countryside, a wide open and pleasant view is secured.

In addition, we designed the approach from the outside to the building so that you can enjoy the heightened feeling of "I'm glad you lived in this house" as a real experience every time you walk.

Regarding communication with the owner, Mr. Watanabe says, "Because I call myself an architect, I work on each piece of work. What kind of lifestyle and what kind of requests do you have? I will ask you what it is and express your will in it. "

The architect senses the needs that the owner cannot verbalize through communication, and proposes them in the form of design. The owners select their own requests in the face of restrictions such as area and budget, and embody them with the help of architects. That process seems to lead to the high degree of satisfaction that Mr. Watanabe's owner feels.

Role of villa / villa

Mr. Watanabe lived in the United States for 10 years, of which 6 years in Austin, Texas. She says that when she arrived in the United States, Japan was still rugged just after the burst of the bubble, but Austin was rural but rich.

Life is enriched not only by spending money but also by ingenuity. Mr. Watanabe, who says that this is what architecture can do, feels that Japan is heading toward an "intellectual society" like that of the Edo period, despite the economic stagnation.

A society that lives with a sense of beauty within a limited range, rather than a sense of expansion. There are many things that architecture can do in it. Kibi's house is not big as a one-story house of 140m2 , but it is very rich. He says that the house will return to the suburbs more in the future.

Guidance process

① Please contact By Emotion for your convenience and make an appointment for JWA architecture / urban design.

② At the specified date and time, JWA Architects and Urban Design Office will meet

③ Field survey

④ After asking your request, we propose a rough plan (free up to 2 times)

[Profile of Jun Watanabe]

1954 Year 7 Month Born in Tokyo

1978 Year 3 Month graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo

1983 Year 6 Month Harvard University Graduate School of Architecture Completed

1985 Year 4 Month Maki General Planning Office entrance

1990 Year 8 Month Co., Ltd. JWA Architecture / Urban Design Established

1990 Year 8 Month Associate Professor, University of Texas ( 1995 Year Lifetime Professor Qualification)

1996 year 9 month Chubu University professor (~ 2009 year)

2014 Year 9 Month Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong (~ 2016 )


1993 American Institute of Architects Austin Chapter Design Award

1995 American Institute of Architects Austin Chapter Design Award

2000 Year Warm Living Space Design Competition Tokyo Gas Award

2001 Year Architectural Institute of Japan Architectural Institute of Japan 2001 Selected

2002 Year Architectural Institute of Japan Architectural Institute of Japan 2002 Selected

2002 Japan Architects Association Award

2003 Year Miami Biennale 2003 Gold medal

2004 Year Machinami Housing 100 Selection

2005 Year: Japan Institute of Architects Excellent Selection 2005 Selected

2006 Year: Home Remodeling Contest Smile Aichi Award / Urban Revitalization Organization Chubu Branch President Award

2011 Good Design Award

2012 Good Design Award

2014 Good Design Award

2014 Asian Architects Council Award

2015 Good Design Award

2016 Good Design Award

2017 Good Design Award

2018 Good Design Award

2020 Good Design Award


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