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Torami Structure in Japan by tai_tai STUDIO

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Article source: tai_tai STUDIO

Torami Structure

This structure is located along the highroad near Chiba Prefecture’s world famous surfing spot.

A client who emigrated from Tokyo wanted to make a place (like a pub) where people gather at part of the site of his house.

Image Courtesy © Hisashi Okamoto

  • Architects: tai_tai STUDIO
  • Project: Torami Structure
  • Location: Torami, Japan
  • Photography: Hisashi Okamoto
  • Site features: Rural area close to the sea
  • Area: 65.05m2
  • Year: 2017

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Kyomachi House in Shiga, Japan by HEARTH ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Article source: HEARTH ARCHITECTS

This house is located along old streetscape in “Minakuchi-juku”, which is one of Fifty-three stages of the Tokaido.  Although, it was consolidated during the Edo Period. The community road and the space are narrow, so it’s impossible to make large space between the road and the house, and it’s difficult to build a house in the southeast in spite of the corner location in the northeast, which is good site location. So, I arranged inner garden in southeast. In doing so, I not only solved the problem point concerning the ground, but also made rich living climate.

Image Courtesy © Yuta Yamada

  • Architects: HEARTH ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Kyomachi House
  • Location: Shiga, Japan
  • Photography: Yuta Yamada
  • Gross area: 110.54㎡
  • Completed date: 2016.10

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Hut in Tsujido, Japan by Naoi Architecture & Design Office

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Article source: Naoi Architecture & Design Office 

The site of this project was a vacant, untouched plot of land next to the existing suburban residence. Fortunately, the surrounding of the site is under the management of the city authority as a green space, and it will be kept as it is in the future–therefore the client hoped to maintain the feel of nature in their daily lives, while enjoying the time spending on gardening or having meals outside of the house. Then, we proposed a simple, hut-like residence corresponding to the scenery; from inside, the surrounding nature is to be enjoyed as a view; when staying outside, being the integral part of the nature is to be appreciated.

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

  • Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
  • Project: Hut in Tsujido
  • Location: Tsujido, Japan
  • Photography: Hiroshi Ueda
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Structural Engineer: Nawaken gym
  • Building area: 245.41m2
  • Total Floor Area: 149.26m2
  • Design Period: 2013.11 – 2014.9
  • Construction Period: 2014.10- 2015.4
  • Date of Completion: 2015.4

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House in Ohue, Japan by DAISAKU HANAMOTO ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Article source: DAISAKU HANAMOTO ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES

This house is located in the village where the old houses built irregulary along the slope.

When I first saw this village, I was fascinate with the view. The view of all those old houses along the slop looked so neat and organized, and also the ridgeline of the mountain and sky looked so clear and beautiful.

Image Courtesy © KENJI Masunaga

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100banch in Tokyo, Japan by Jo Nagasaka/Schemata Architects

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Article source: Jo Nagasaka/Schemata Architects

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Panasonic Corporation, 100 BANCH was established as an innovative work platform where Panasonic works in collaboration with future generations to create new values that will help shaping the next 100 years. The first floor is a cafe space “KITCHEN” organized and run by Cafe Company; the second floor is a work space “GARAGE” for project members who are concurrently developing multiple projects; the third floor is a collaborative space “LOFT” for creation of new values for the next 100 years. Schemata Architects was responsible for the overall exterior design and interior design of the second and third floors. “GARAGE” on the second floor has a very low ceiling height of 2015 mm, but we decided to make the best use of the low, hand-reachable ceiling to bring out the unique potential of the space that would be used as the creative platform intended to imagine the next 100 years. We designed a ceiling-mounted lighting and power supply socket using the “duplex lamp socket”, which is an iconic product invented by Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (the former company name of Panasonic), and installed the sockets at 750-mm intervals on the ceiling; they can be directly and easily attached/detached by hand so that users can arrange the work space flexibly on their own and use light and power at any location. In order to extend such freedom of movement vertically as well as horizontally, automatic height adjustable tables are adopted, allowing people to stand and sit freely and consequently creating a highly flexible expandable work place where they can work or hold meetings anywhere.

Image Courtesy © Jo Nagasaka/Schemata Architects

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House Komoro in Japan by KASA ARCHITECTS

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Article source: KASA ARCHITECTS

This is a one-storey residential house for a family of four―a couple and two children―and is built in Komoro City, Nagano Prefecture. With views of Mount Asama to the north and the Yatsugatake Mountains far south, I planned a simple one-storey house with a shed roof and an open space in the south side. This property of about 450 ㎡ is in the shape of a flagpole, where the pole part accounts for 80 ㎡. I decided to start with the plan for the environment―the placement and arrangement of the building and the design of the environment for the remaining 370 ㎡. I thought about how to achieve a design for people’s lives to flourish as they interact with the site, carefully identifying each factor individually, such as the flow of movement to the grandparents’ house located next door, handling the cold down wind from Mount Asama, preserving the view on the south side of the Yatsugatake Mountains in the distance, the connection to the outside of the property, the flow of air, etc. Then, by creating a configuration akin to a courtyard by arranging the building in an L-shape and arranging trees on the other side that had a slope to create a lush environment as well as a flow of movement to the grandparents’ house, I aimed to create an environment connected to real nature where families could connect.

Image Courtesy © ikunori yamamoto

  • Architects: KASA ARCHITECTS (shin kasakake)
  • Project: House Komoro
  • Location: Komoro, Nagano, Japan
  • Photography: Ikunori Yamamoto  
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 111.43 sqm

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Shichu no Sankyo in Tokyo, Japan by Fumihiko Sano Studio

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Article source: Fumihiko Sano Studio 

LIFE SPACE UX is a SONY’s new brand born with a concept to fit in daily life. I designed a space to showcase its series of products.

I picked the idea of “Shichu no sankyo” in Japanese tea ceremony terms as a theme of this project, this is the idea of a country cottage built in the middle of a modern metropolis and also suggests another dimension therefore I built a modern Japanese space in the center of Ginza, Tokyo.

Image Courtesy © Koichiro Kutsuna

  • Architects: Fumihiko Sano Studio (studio PHENOMENON)
  • Project: Shichu no Sankyo
  • Location: 5-5-3-1 Ginza,Chuo-ku,Tokyo,104-0061,Japan
  • Photography: Koichiro Kutsuna
  • Client: SONY
  • Construction: GARA / Michikusa
  • Produce: The Tea Room
  • Site area: 90.52 m²
  • Completion: 10/2016

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Délirium Café in Tokyo, Japan by Doyle Collection

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Article source: Doyle Collection

Délirium Café opened at Ginza Tokyo, off the main street where many attractive small restaurants stand side by side along the off-street. It has a narrow entrance with the width of 3 meters. Whereas it is a unique shaped café with the depth of 30 meters long. To make an effective use of this shape, we divided the area into three sections. Every section has their original characteristics.

Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu And Nacasa&Partners

  • Architects: Doyle Collection
  • Project: Délirium Café
  • Location: 5-9-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Satoru Umetsu And Nacasa&Partners
  • Client: Ever Brew Co,.Ltd.
  • Designer: Aiji Inoue, Masaru Kobayashi
  • Area: 146.7 sqm
  • Open: 1st, May, 2015

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Today’s Special Kyoto in Japan by Jo Nagasaka/Schemata Architects

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Article source: Nagasaka/Schemata Architects 

TODAY’S SPECIAL opened their third shop as a “shop-in-shop” at BAL in Kyoto. Our design is based on the original spatial concept of TODAY’S SPECIAL, which are “light”, “standard” and “DIY”.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: Nagasaka/Schemata Architects
  • Project: Today’s Special Kyoto
  • Location: KyotoBAL 4F 251 Yamazaki-cho  Kawaramachi-Sanjo Sagaru Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-City Kyoto Japan
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • Project team: Masami Nakata
  • Usage: Gift Shop
  • Construction: DECOR Co.,Ltd. (interior),  New Constructor’s Network Co., Ltd. (wood angle)
  • Site area: 284.02㎡
  • Completion: 08/2015

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Roof and Rectangular House in Tomakomai, Japan by Jun Igarashi Architects

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Article source: Jun Igarashi Architects

I keep on design activities in Hokkaido, so most of my projects ran there. By designing in a remarkably cold, I continued thinking on response to completely different contexts from other areas. They are mainly “cold” and “snow”. Of course there are other various things to deal with, but these contexts have the great impact. In this state, I felt the possibility of “a windbreak room” and thought about the expansion and diversity.

Image Courtesy © Ikuya Sasaki

  • Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects 
  • Project: Roof and Rectangular House
  • Location: Tomakomai, Japan
  • Photography: Ikuya Sasaki
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Illustrator

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