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House in Yokawa, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan by Mosaic Design

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Article source: Mosaic Design 

The house is located in Yokawa, which is in the south-central part of Hyogo Prefecture.

The clients are a senior couple and have lived in several countries around the world such as Panama, Peru, Los Angels, Singapore, London and Tokyo for their business. After retiring, they decided to return to their hometown.

Image Courtesy © Takeshi Yamagishi

  • Architects: Mosaic Design (Ko Nakamura + Yurika Orita)
  • Project: House in Yokawa
  • Location: Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Building Type: Housing
  • Construction: Yamamoto Komuten
  • Site Area: 999.87sqm
  • Bulding Area: 253.43sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 190.46sqm


Sunday, March 9th, 2014


We set up the exhibition areas for the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries (DENSAN) during the Ambiente international trade fair for consumer goods held every year in Frankfurt, Germany. We were tasked with creating an unmistakable presence that will catch the eye of many visitors in order to share the beauty of the traditional crafts of Japan with the world. The exhibition areas are located in two distinct sections of the venue.

Image Courtesy © Takuji Shimmura

  • Project: Ambiente 2014 “DENSAN”
  • Photography: Takuji Shimmura
  • Principal Use: EXHIBITION SITE
  • Production: Claritas Marketing Ltd
  • Credit: Organizer: The Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries
  • Concept planning & coordination: TRUNK, Graphic design: TAKAIYAMA
  • Building Site: Messe Frankfurt, Germany
  • Total floor area: 54m2 (Galleria 0.A04), 60m2 (Hall 9.0 F91)
  • Design Period: 2013.12-2014.01
  • Construction Period: 2014.02.04-02.06
  • Duration: 2014.02.07-02.11

Shirokane House in Minato-ku, Tokyo by Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Article source: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS 

The small site is located in a typical Tokyo urban residential area, where houses are closely built up. A pursuit of internal spaces in this house, as a result, changes the Tokyo cityscape a little.

Image Courtesy © Forward Stroke inc.

  • Architects: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS
  • Project: Shirokane House
  • Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Photography: Forward Stroke inc.
  • Date of Completion: 2013
  • Principal Use: Residence
  • Structure: RC
  • Site Area: 64.49m2
  • Total Floor Area: 101.63 m2 (31.02 m2/1F,35.84m2/2F, 34.37 m2/B1F)

Material Information

  • Exterior Finish: cedar forms exposed concrete
  • Roof: exposed concrete
  • Floor: walnut flooring
  • Wall: plasterer / cedar forms exposed concrete
  • Ceiling: acrylic emulsion paint + plaster board

Casa Palma Chit in Cancún, México by JC Arquitectura

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Article source: JC Arquitectura 

Housing solution for a typical suburban family house plot.

This house was designed for a young family, the main idea is to make it efficient by using the maximum space of a small  lot with 8 meters in the front. It has load-bearing walls on the sides with precast concrete slabs. Construction time was 3 months.

Image Courtesy © Wacho Espinosa

  • Architects: JC Arquitectura
  • Project: Casa Palma Chit
  • Location: Cancún, México
  • Photography: Wacho Espinosa
  • Year: 2011
  • Plot size: (8 x 20) 160 m2
  • Construction surface: 250 m2
  • Colaborador: Armando Pelayo

Rebirth of The York Theatre in Vancouver, Canada by Henriquez Partners Architects

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Article source: Henriquez Partners Architects

The York Theatre renovation is the result of a decades long struggle to save a historic community theatre from demolition.

Originally built in 1913 as the Alcazar Theatre, the building changed identities numerous times over its storied 100-year history. Ten years after it first opened, it was purchased by the Vancouver Little Theatre Association, (Canada’s oldest continuously operating community theatre company), which reopened it as the ‘Little Theatre’. Then a major renovation, introducing an art deco style exterior, led to its re-launch in 1940 as the York Theatre.

Image Courtesy © Ed White

  • Architects: Henriquez Partners Architects
  • Project: Rebirth of The York Theatre
  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Photography: Ed White, Harold Kalman, ArchivalPhotos, Martha Perkins
  • Project team: Gregory Henriquez, Rui Nunes, Shawn LaPointe, Mike Mychajlyszyn, Chris Boldt, Jaime Dejo, Desmond Cooper, Payam Ashjae, Steve Best, Brad McCoy, Rocio Huertas Garcia, Emma Buchanan
  • Completed in: 2012
Size: 6,171 square feet

Eastgate Offices for Environment Canada by MANASC ISAAC ARCHITECTS

Sunday, March 9th, 2014


Eastgate Offices for Environment Canada (Eastgate) is an award-winning building that doubles as a healthy and sustainable office space and a 24/7, mission critical facility for Environment Canada.

Environment Canada’s important weather forecasting work made for a complex programme for the design team to navigate. Due to this programme, Eastgate required a great deal of electronics and equipment, as well as several mechanical redundancies, but make no mistake, the building is ultra sustainable. In fact, the federal government’s Public Works mandated that the building meets LEED® Gold standards!.



Sunday, March 9th, 2014


Graceful Dance of Shower Curtains

Hotel room is a temporary private space and there is a specific manner of partition for each guest, which produces feeling of comfort and calmness. It is not always constant and varies depending on feeling of the day and time. This room has no partition and instead there are only three shower curtains. Here, the guest can move each shower curtain when necessary and change the manner of partition freely with elaboration.

Image Courtesy © Yasunori Shimomura

  • Architects: MIFUNE DESIGN STUDIO (Yasutoshi Mifune)
  • Project: ROOM 211 (HOTEL T’POINT)
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Photography: Yasunori Shimomura
  • Type: hotel room
  • Year: 2011
  • Client: HOTEL T’POINT
  • Area: 42 sqm
  • Materials: shower curtain, plaster, concrete
  • Builder: Obai carpentry shop

GRAFT Wins Competition to Restore and Extend Youth Hostel in Munich

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Article source: GRAFT

Meeting place between origins and departure

The Bavarian association of German youth hostels invited five architecture studios to design the modernization of one of Germany’s oldest hostels located in the city center of Munich. The main focus was put on the extension of the existing building with an innovative and high quality design complex that allows experiencing the fundamental values of the successful institution in a new way.

Image Courtesy © GRAFT

  • Architects: GRAFT
  • Project: GRAFT Wins Competition to Restore and Extend Youth Hostel in Munich
  • Location: Munich, Germany

Vacation Home in Messines Gatineau, Quebec, Canada by Anik Péloquin architecte

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Article source: Anik Péloquin architecte

This small home located in the middle of the woods was designed for 2 outdoor enthusiasts. This lakefront house is situated on a steep terrain in Gatineau. To reduce construction costs and minimise impact on the ecosystem, it sits on the foundations of an old 24′-0″x36′-0″ chalet. A large partly-covered deck runs along 3 sides of the house. It is an integral part of the house’s architecture and provides extra living space during summer.

Image Courtesy © Alberto Biscaro

  • Architects: Anik Péloquin architecte
  • Project: Vacation Home in Messines
  • Location: Messines Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
  • Photography: Alberto Biscaro
  • Project Manager: Anik Péloquin
  • Engineer: Les consultants Yves Augé et associés
  • Contractor: Construction Sébastien Raineault
  • Landscaper: F.J. Richer paysagistes
  • Project surface area: 1,200 sq.ft
  • Finalisation date: March 2013

O Dispensing Pharmacy in Ogaki city, Japan by ninkipen!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Article source: ninkipen!

This is a new construction for a pharmacy in front of a general hospital.

We considered how the architecture itself could become a symbol in the town, but unlike other pharmacies filling the streets with big, showy graphic signage.

Image Courtesy © Hiroki kawata

  • Architects: ninkipen! (Yasuo Imazu)
  • Project: O Dispensing Pharmacy
  • Location: Ogaki city, Japan
  • Photography: Hiroki kawata
  • Stractual engineer: Yosiki Mondo
  • Use: dispensing pharmacy
  • Completion: 2013.12
  • Site area: 177.00m2
  • Building area: 106.50m2
  • Total floor area: 172.14m2
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