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Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Café in Tokyo, Japan by Jo Nagasaka/ Schemata Architects

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Article source: Jo Nagasaka/ Schemata Architects 

It was such a great honor for me to design the renovation of my favorite building that I used to see every day. About nine years ago, we had co-established a shared office HAPPA across the street from the building and relocated our former office there; we employed to observe the neighborhood through the glass and this building was my most favorite among others on the street.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: Jo Nagasaka/ Schemata Architects
  • Project: Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Café
  • Location: 3-23-16 Nakameguro Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • Software used: Vectorworks, SketchUp
  • Project team: Ryosuke Yamamoto, Yui Matsushita
  • Collaboration: SOUP DESIGN(sign), hoshizaki(kitchen), WHITELIGHT.Ltd(sound plan), 1lux(lighting plan), GRANSCAPE Inc.(plant plan)
  • Construction: TANK
  • Structure: Steel
  • Floor area: 3F_70.70m², 2F_150.23m², 1F_126.75m², B1F_49.64m², Total_397.32m²
  • Completon: 10/2016

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“House in Irino” in Miyazaki, Japan by Takeshi Ishiodori Architecture

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Article source: Takeshi Ishiodori Architecture

It is a house built in Aya-cho, Miyazaki Prefecture, which has the largest evergreen forest zone in Japan. There were three conditions on the premises.

1) There are restrictions on color and form because it is within the landscape area.

2) The traffic volume is high along the main road.

3) Leave a wonderful cherry tree on the site.

While fulfilling these three conditions, I aimed for a house that melts while giving stimulation to the cityscape.

Image Courtesy © Takeshi Ishiodori Architecture

Image Courtesy © Takeshi Ishiodori Architecture

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Skyhole in Shiga, Japan by ALPHAVILLE Architects Co.Ltd

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Article source: ALPHAVILLE Architects Co.Ltd 

The building is an atelier and residence for a couple of painter and a designer. It is a  space to spend their whole day with their only son and will be used to regularly exhibit works as a gallery  and host a party. Therefore, the atelier and the residence will be used multi-dimensionally by shifting boundaries depending on usages. In order to house various activities, extra air volume and spatial intonation  were sought. By distorting the inside of one big volume, we searched for a vibrating space that responds to the weight of activities.

Image Courtesy © Yohei Sasakura

Image Courtesy © Yohei Sasakura

  • Architects: ALPHAVILLE Architects Co.Ltd
  • Project: Skyhole
  • Location: Shiga, Japan
  • Photography: Yohei Sasakura
  • Structural engineer: Takashi Manda (Takashi Manda Structural Design)
  • Structure system: Wood frame
  • Site area: 367.99 m2
  • Building area: 83.54 m2
  • Total floor area: 77.35 m2
  • Complete: 2014

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Kinosaki Residence in Hyogo, Japan by PUDDLE Inc.

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Article source: PUDDLE Inc.

The Harmony between Architecture and Belongings across Time: A Former “Kenban” Turned Into a Home.

Kinosaki Onsen, located in Hyogo Prefecture, is one of the leading onsen areas in Japan, with a history of over 1300 years. Just a short path in from the main street of this onsen city is a small stream, along which stands a former “kenban” (a place for geisha performers from the onsen to gather). Built 50 years ago, and surrounded by a bamboo forest, we converted/renovated this building into a residence.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: PUDDLE Inc.
  • Project: Kinosaki Residence
  • Location: Kinosaki, Hyogo, Japan
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • Lead Architects: Masaki Kato
  • Other participants (eg. collaborators, clients, consultants, etc): Sodenaga-Komuten (constractor)
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 276 m2
  • Completion Year: 2016

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Koumori-An 1945-2015 in Wakayama, Japan by Atsumasa Tamura design office

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Article source: Atsumasa Tamura design office

Value in Keeping

The 70-years old house was inherited from Owner’s aunt, who bought the original structure to teach Tea Ceremony. A new living quarter was added later to complete this wooden single-story building. It had been left as storage for years and was too damaged, yet Owner chose to keep the old characters, despite cost & time, than to build a new. Inspired by his wish, the renovation began not just to restore but rather to create a space where the old section merges into the new in a harmonious way. The “Koumori-An” house offers the concept of “Value in Keeping” which no new house can imitate.

After the renovation, façade December, 2015, Image Courtesy © Sohei Terui

After the renovation, façade December, 2015, Image Courtesy © Sohei Terui

  • Architects: Atsumasa Tamura design office
  • Project: Koumori-An 1945-2015
  • Location: Wakayama, Japan
  • Photography: Sohei Terui
  • Lead Architects: Atsumasa Tamura
  • Structure Scale: Single-story wooden building
  • Site area: 256.13 m2
  • Building area: 153.54 m2
  • Total floor space: 152.67 m2
  • Completion Year: January, 2016

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Warehouse Renovation in Saga, Japan by Yabashi architects & associates

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Article source: Yabashi architects & associates

It’s located in Saga, Japan. The project which promotes a community in an area.

The depot in the existence is the building built with steel frame to store material. The gallery to use it in the area and space for a market could purchase this building. The complicated related project which makes a different program live together. I decided to settle it by a simple answer.

Image Courtesy © Yabashi architects & associates

Image Courtesy © Yabashi architects & associates

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Hakusui Nursery School in Chiba, Japan by Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Article source: Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

This nursery school in Sakura, Chiba was planned to accommodate 60 pupils.

Seiyu-Kai, a local social welfare firm specializing in elderly care facilities approached us for this project. The overarching concept for this plan started with an idea: “a nursery school is a large house.”

Surrounded by mountains and forest, the southern area of the site rests on a gentle slope. Putting this topography to use, we designed the school room to resemble a large set of stairs.

Image Courtesy © Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

Image Courtesy © Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

  • Architects: Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop (Kentaro Yamazaki)
  • Project: Hakusui Nursery School
  • Location: Sakura-shi, Chiba, Japan
  • Structual design: ASD / Ryuji Tabata, Takayuki Tabata
  • Facility design: yamada machinery office / Hiroyuki Yamada
  • Graphic desing: SHUNPEI YOKOYAMA DESIGN OFFICE / Shunpei Yokoyama
  • Structure: Wooden
  • Story: 2F
  • Site Area: 1046.64 sqm
  • Floor Area: 530.28 sqm
  • Start of construction and completion: January 2014 – November 2014

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Joto House Renovation in Shiga, Japan by ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Article source: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

Between the Exterior Structure and the Building

The property is in the old quarter where there are used-to-be-stores and shops along historic Tokaido road. The father of the owner also used to run tobacco shop there. The project this time is to replace such old building with a two household residence in which the parents’ household and child’s household can live together.

Image Courtesy © fuji-shokai/ masahiko nishida

Image Courtesy © fuji-shokai/ masahiko nishida

  • Architects: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE (Sumiou Mizumoto)
  • Project: Joto House Renovation
  • Location: Minakuchichojoto  Koka, Shiga 528-0028 Japan
  • Photography: fuji-shokai/ masahiko nishida
  • Year: 2016/10

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UNPLAN Kagurazaka in Tokyo, Japan by AIDA ATELIER, Inc.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Article source: AIDA ATELIER, Inc. 

UNPLAN Kagurazaka is a newly opened hostel in central Tokyo, built to accommodate various guests such as international backpackers and domestic business travellers. The hostel houses 78 bunker styled beds and three fully enclosed rooms along with an open lounge and other supporting functions.

Image Courtesy © Tatsuya Noaki

Image Courtesy © Tatsuya Noaki

  • Architects: AIDA ATELIER, Inc. (Tomoro Aida)
  • Project: UNPLAN Kagurazaka
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Tatsuya Noaki
  • Client: FIKA
  • Construction:
  • Interior: Benefit Line
  • Bunk beds: Aoki Kagu Atelier
  • MEP Engineer: RS Setsubi Kikaku
  • Lighting Design: Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design
  • Textile Design: Yoko Ando Design
  • Sign Graphic: INSENSE
  • Plants: Kojien
  • Site Area: 359.78m2
  • Building Area: 202.65m2
  • Total Floor Area: 570.57m2(F1: 199.50m2 / F2: 199.50m2 / F3: 171.57m2)
  • Terrace Area: 137.50m2 (F1: 11.92m2 / F3: 27.93m2 / Roof: 97.65m2)

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House of fluctuations in Tokyo, Japan by satoru hirota architects

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: satoru hirota architects

This is the single-family house located in Tokyo.

Restrictions on space of land and height is severe , and housing is dense.

Image Courtesy © satoru hirota architects

Image Courtesy © satoru hirota architects

  • Architects: satoru hirota architects (Satoru Hirota + Yasuko Hirota)
  • Project: House of fluctuations
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Structure Architect: Nieda Atelier / Taizen Nieda + Mitsuyoshi Yoshida
  • Contractor: Watanabe Giken Co., Ltd. / Kenji Kodama
  • Site area: 171.68m2
  • Building area: 68.67m2
  • Total floor area: 137.32m2
  • Complete year: 2015

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