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Around the Corner Grain in Saitama, Japan by Eureka + MARU。architecture

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Article source: Eureka

A landscape of livings woven together

A project of a 7 unit apartment on a corner of a suburban residential district.The project aims to create a landscape of diverse livings appearing from each external space placed randomly throughout the apartment.

Image Courtesy © Ookura Hideki

  • Architects: Eureka + MARU。architecture (Yohei Takano, Sachiko Morita)
  • Project: Around the Corner Grain
  • Location: Urawa-ward Saitama city Saitama prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Ookura Hideki
  • Lead Architects: Inagaki Junya, Sano Satoshi, Hori Eisuke
  • Project architects: Emi Sano(ex-staff), Hikaru Takei(ex-staff), Kazunori Yamaguchi(ex-staff), Tomonori Kajita(ex-staff), Naoki Inomata, Kyohei Takahashi(ex-staff)
  • Client: Katsuhiro Honda

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Dragon Court Village in Aichi, Japan by Eureka

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Article source: Eureka 

Within our fieldwork in Asian cities and villages, conducted against a backdrop of increased threats from severe weather and global warming, we sometimes encounter with adaptable housing cultures that border against natural disasters; ecological and customary architectural behaviors that have likened to elements of the natural environment; and methods to help maintain and continue such things. Today, with the rapid urbanization of Southeast Asia, especially from China to the Indochina, the act of observing native and traditional architectures and villages is synonymous with observing their very own destruction and acceptance. The life of barely scraping by, sometimes becoming subject to unlawfully dense surroundings, is very much reliant on the ability to tolerate ambiguity, semitransparent and gradational special qualities, and the architecture`s redundant and updating nature. In this scheme, such qualities were pulled into a tangible plan.

Image Courtesy © Ookura Hideki

  • Architects: Eureka
  • Project: Dragon Court Village
  • Location: Aichi, Japan
  • Photography: Ookura Hideki
  • Lead Architects: Inagaki Junya, Sano Satoshi, Nagai Takuo, Hori Eisuke
  • Project architects: Kazutoshi Sugimoto(ex-staff), Yuki Nagasawa(ex-staff), Hiroyuki Tsukada(ex-staff), Kazunori Yamaguchi(ex-staff)
  • Client: Yutaka real estate
  • Consultants: The University of Siga Prefecture-Nagai Takuo

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Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Nakaaoki branch in Saitama, Japan by emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Article source: emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design

Sugamo Shinkin Bank is a credit union that strives to provide first-rate hospitality to its customers in accordance with its motto: “we take pleasure in serving happy customers”. Nakaaoki branch is the forth branch where Emmanuelle has been commissioned to handle the architectural and interior design. The common request for all branches is to create a bank where people wish to stay longer and naturally feel to come back again. Nakaaoki branch is located on the corner of major intersection, where there is a frequent movement of cars, busses, bicycles, and people. Taking this unique location as a characteristic, the façade is designed to be rhythmical that changes expression as people see from different angles.

Image Courtesy © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

  • Architects: emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design (emmanuelle moureaux)    
  • Project: Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Nakaaoki branch
  • Location: 1-1-1 Kamiaoki Kawaguchi-shi, Saitama 333-0844, Japan
  • Photography: Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners
  • Client: Sugamo Shinkin Bank
  • General Contractor: Shiraishi Construction Corporation
  • Colored aluminum cubes: Kikukawa Kogyo Co., Ltd.
  • Structure: Steel Structure
  • Site Area: 560.86 m2
  • Floor Area: 588.07 m2 (1F/264.976 m2   2F/296.808 m2   RF/26.286 m2
  • Open: June 02, 2014

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Villa in Kirishima, Japan by Atelier KAN

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Article source: Atelier KAN

It is a villa built in the mountains of Kirishima famous as a summer resort with rich natural hot springs. A spectacular view over Kinko Bay and Sakurajima spreads beyond the south slope. In order to make use of the superb view, we adopted a structure in which the approach level floats as it is against the slope in order to make the viewpoint higher than the grounding property. Also, in order to preserve the natural topography, I widened the jumping part and reduced the ground contacting surface. Horizontal line floating in the vertical line of trees is the essential point of design, finish the roof of the horizontal plane and the floor board white, and the vertical elements such as pillars are made to release concrete with texture. It is an image that the floor board and the wall board protruded from the wall of the concrete piercing the slope.

Image Courtesy © Atelier KAN

  • Architects: Atelier KAN
  • Project: Villa in Kirishima
  • Location: Kirishima, Japan

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The Duplicated Edge in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan by KTX archiLAB

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Article source: KTX archiLAB 

Toshin Satellite Preparatory schools gained considerable place in the Japanese cram schools business despite being subject to a strong competition. This development is mostly due to the perpetual seeking of space renewal and services improvements

For its location in Kawanishi, the school needed new reception, consultation and conference spaces in order to be more attractive and provide better accessibility to both subscribed and prospective students.

From Entrance, Image Courtesy © Stirling Elmendorf

  • Architects: KTX archiLAB
  • Project: The Duplicated Edge
  • Location: Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Stirling Elmendorf
  • Client: Matsuo Gakuin
  • Head Architect Designer: Tetsuya Matsumoto
  • Area: 108sqm
  • Date of Completion: March 2017

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Wilson House in Chiba, Japan by Klein Dytham architecture

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Article source: Klein Dytham architecture 

Wilson House is a weekend house in a relaxed beachside town in Chiba, an hour and a half by train from Tokyo.

The house combines the aspirations of both client and architect – the client wanted the house to have a feeling of real solidity, and Klein Dytham architecture was keen to open the house to its magnificent setting. In meeting these two goals, KDa found inspiration in the wooden platform trays – called sanbo – found in Japan’s Shinto temples. These small trays have a built-in stand, and are used in Shinto rituals to present offerings of food or other special items to the enshrined gods. KDa reinterpreted this form as a building with a solid base – two heavy walls of concrete supporting a concrete tray. Arranged on this tray is the “offering” – a variety of lightweight, wooden-framed boxes.

Image Courtesy © Klein Dytham architecture

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House with Gardens and Roofs in Hamamatsu, Japan by ARII IRIE Architects

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Article source: ARII IRIE Architects

The house is located in Hamamatsu, a city located on the southern coast of Central Japan, known for its warm climate. The house is a detached extension of an existing house built in 1983. Our aim was to create a whole, old and new altogether rather than emphasizing the contrast between the two. Linear volumes stretching in the east-west direction, spread over the site leaving spaces in between, which are terraces and gardens. The group of roofs of the new volumes relate to that of the existing house, creating a sense of continuation between old and new.

Image Courtesy © Daici Ano

  • Architects: ARII IRIE Architects (Atsuo Arii)
  • Project: House with Gardens and Roofs
  • Location: Hamamatsu, Japan
  • Photography: Daici Ano
  • Structural Design: Mika Araki
  • Contractor: Sugiuragumi
  • Area: 125.8m2
  • Year: 2016

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Flag Decomposition Recomposition in Osaka Prefecture, Japan by KTX archiLAB

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Article source: KTX archiLAB 

This design is a trial to work on one of the Japanese identity symbols. The Japanese flag was dismantled then reconstructed into a 3 dimensional space. It was arranged in a way that the ratio between the white and the red areas respects the same ratio in the national flag. Furthermore, due to the very low ceiling, clear mirrors were installed in slit shapes to ensure an extended visibility over its 2230mm height.

Image Courtesy © Stirling Elmendorf

  • Architects: KTX archiLAB
  • Project: Flag Decomposition Recomposition
  • Location: Suita, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Stirling Elmendorf
  • Client: Matsuo Gakuin
  • Head Architect Designer: Tetsuya Matsumoto
  • Area: 260sqm
  • Date of Completion: February 2017

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COOOP3 in Tokyo, Japan by Domino Architects

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Article source: Domino Architects

We designed a new office space for a creative agency in Tokyo applying mixture of technology and traditional Japanese wood works for structure, furniture and fixtures. To keep the flexibility of the space, we suggested a portable partition system to insert on the floor and create proper size of the area.

The floor includes lab space intended for long-term project and war room intended for many projects to have short, intensive period of discussions. Each space is divided by glass partitions so that each active project can feel each other and is visible at a glance.

Image Courtesy © Gottingham

  • Architects: Domino Architects
  • Project: COOOP3
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Gottingham
  • Clients: Loftwork Inc.
  • Lead Architects: Yusuke Oono
  • Contractor: Eckits
  • Woodwork consultants: Hidakuma
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 218.2 sqm
  • Completion Year: 2017

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S-house in Nara Prefecture, Japan by coil kazuteru matumura architects

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Article source: coil kazuteru matumura architects

The house is built in a common Japanese residential area, which has a space to accommodate a family as a whole.

With the intention to find the best balance, the house was designed to provide easy flexibility and space options based on the personal needs of the family, rather than using the maximum floor space according to the building regulations.

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