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Building Blocks

Dwell, December/January 2007

On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa built a neighborhood-scaled, flexible-format minimalist steel prefab compound for Yasuo Moriyama--a very private individual with a powerful social bent--and six rental tenants. Every room is its own building--even Moriyama’s bath is a freestanding box. Here, tradition and innovation interweave to create a new kind of community.

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