In the West, housing is built to last with the idea of being passed down from generation to generation.
In Japan, it couldn’t be more different, in fact, the average home has a “useful life” of just 22 years!
Why We Love This Idea
While this may sound hugely wasteful, it’s not.
Japanese homes are mainly made from renewable wood and anything from an older home on a site will be recycled into the new one.
But this drives a thriving construction industry and construction economy in Japan as nearly every home is a new build and this industry spends money in the economy driving further economic well being.
It also means that in Japan, homes are built to the exact tastes of their owner, there’s no need to consider who will live in a home after you, because nobody will.
Final Thoughts On Japanese Homes
Japanese architects are envied globally because they are completely free to experiment to the limits of their imagination, after all, if they get it wrong, in 2 decades, it won’t matter.
Japanese homes are built to disappear so that every generation can assert their own identity and we really like that.
There’s a lot more that we can learn from Japanese culture about managing our approach to the environment including Daisugi, building wooden satellites and how to approach sustainable fashion.
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