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House in Kamisawa, Japan by Tato Architects

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Article source: Tato Architects

This building is a reconfiguration of a traditional Japanese wooden house. Its wooden frames were exposed after the removal of unnecessary parts. Only by inserting curved walls into it, spatial functions were created. A similar challenge was experienced in the process of designing “Hut with the Arc Wall”, a public toilet in Shodoshima. There, space was defined by a 9mm steel curved wall, which was built under the wooden roof structure by reference to traditional soy sauce factories in that area. An inspiration from cedar barrels of say source was formalized in the curved wall, which showed an aesthetic of self- supporting structure. The only thing to be regrettable was newly built wooden frames. Ideally, it should have been moved from an old house around that area and rebuilt in a new place, but the required tight schedule didn’t allow us to spend time to look for a suitable existing building. However, since then, we have seen it as a distinctive potential for reconfigurations to divide space with curved walls, which is not related to the outer structure.

Image Courtesy © ShinkenchikuSha

Image Courtesy © ShinkenchikuSha

  • Architects: Tato Architects
  • Project: House in Kamisawa
  • Location: Hyogo, Japan
  • Photography: ShinkenchikuSha
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Construction: Kyowa Techno
  • Team: Yo Shimada/Keita Kurokoshi
  • Site Area: 223.33㎡
  • Building Area: 86.57㎡ (38.76% of max 60% of coverage ratio permission)
  • Total Floor Area: 86.57㎡ (38.76% of max 200% of floor area ratio permission)
  • First floor: 86.57 ㎡

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Mama Smile in Mito, JAPAN by Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Article source: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

Concept :A miniature colorful town

“Mama smile” is an indoor playground facility for families located inside the shopping mall. Emmanuelle developed a new brand concept and the interior design, a new family facility has opened in Mito composed of a playground and a day nursery. Although located inside the shopping mall, it gives a sense of security like being in a comfortable home.

Image Courtesy © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

Image Courtesy © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

  • Architects: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design
  • Project: Mama Smile
  • Location: Roseo Mito Shopping Mall, Mito, Ibaragi Prefecture, JAPAN
  • Photography: Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners
  • Area: 459 m2
  • Open: November 1st 2014

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Towada Community Plaza in Japan by Kengo Kuma & Associates

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Article source:  Kengo Kuma & Associates

This wooden building was constructed as the city’s community center for people to gather. We repeated the roofs for the façade so that it could merge into the neighboring townscape of small houses. On the exterior wall, wainscot panels are applied with spaces in between, and it expresses a warm and friendly face to the street of the land to the north. The street in front of the building actually extends into the interior, and is given the name “Michi-no-Hiroba (plaza for the street),” around which a children’s playroom, cooking studio and tatami room are arranged.

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Project: Towada Community Plaza
  • Location: Towada, Japan
  • Photography: Kenta Hasegawa

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Vision Atelier in Yamanashi, Japan by Takehiko Nez Architects

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Article source: Takehiko Nez Architects

Following a renovation of Atelier(=Vision)in 2003 and the extension of Gallery(=Vision+) in 2010, we refurbish Atelier this time. While responding occasional requests in this continuous design act, the coherent design theme is succeeded.

Image Courtesy © Tomohiro Saruyama

Image Courtesy © Tomohiro Saruyama

  • Architects: Takehiko Nez Architects
  • Project: Vision Atelier
  • Location: Yamanashi, Japan
  • Photography: Tomohiro Saruyama
  • Status: completed Aug 2013

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House in Ningyo-cho, Japan by K+S Architects, Nobuya Kashima + Aya Sato

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Article source: K+S Architects, Nobuya Kashima + Aya Sato

Surrounding environment

Rebuilding of a house at Nihonbashi-Ningyo-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.

The house is built near the main street, and there are many old and new restaurants and shops around here. Almost all of the buildings has shops on the 1st floor, and houses or offices on the upper floor. There are many medium-size apartments and offices on the south of this site, so this site cannot get enough sunlight. Many four-storied of buildings are densely built in this area, so we have to consider about getting light and breeze well.

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

  • Architects: K+S Architects,Nobuya Kashima + Aya Sato
  • Project: House in Ningyo-cho
  • Location: Nihonbashi-Ningyocho Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Hiroshi Ueda
  • Site Area: 67.796sqm
  • Built Area: 54.19 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 161.75 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014

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Circle House in Tsukuba, Japan by Kichi Architectural Design

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Article source: Kichi Architectural Design

The façade creates the image of three overlapping circles rising up from the expansive lawn. A refreshing energy seems to ripple outward across the lawn. The interior blends a tatami-floored Japanese space with a modern-vintage space. The white walls surrounding the indoor space maintains privacy while allowing for plenty of sunlight.

Image Courtesy © Ippei Shinzawa

Image Courtesy © Ippei Shinzawa

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MA of wind in Okinawa, JAPAN by RYUICHI ASHIZAWA ARCHITECTS &associates

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Article source: RYUICHI ASHIZAWA ARCHITECTS &associates

Okinawais a beautiful Japanese southern island where it’s possible to appreciate many beautiful natural scenes. The strong solar radiation and typhoons are the only phenomena that makes it unpleasant. Through the ages, people have found ways of living together with nature and generate environments which makes their life richer.

Image Courtesy © Kaori Ichikawa

Image Courtesy © Kaori Ichikawa

  • Architects: RYUICHI ASHIZAWA ARCHITECTS &associates
  • Project: MA of wind
  • Location: 2-189-11,Syurisueyoshi-cho, Naha city, Okinawa,JAPAN
  • Photography: Kaori Ichikawa
  • Design Team: STRUCTURE ENGINEER  :TAPS structural engineering office
  • Site Area: 210.96㎡
  • Building Area: 84.12㎡
  • Total Floor Area: 109.13㎡ (more…)

R4 in Tokyo, Japan by Florian Busch Architects

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Article source: Florian Busch Architects 

The office, perhaps more than any other single building type of the present day, carries the true notions of the ideologies it is born in.

The R4 building addresses the question how scale and location inform an inner-city office type, and how exactly this contextual necessity might in fact perfectly reflect an environment of unforced, informal, perhaps even natural work efficiency.

Image Courtesy © Nacasa+Partners

Image Courtesy © Nacasa+Partners

  • Architects: Florian Busch Architects 
  • Project: R4
  • Location: Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Nacasa+Partners
  • Structural engineering: Akira Suzuki / ASA
  • Environmental & mechanical engineering: ymo
  • Land area: 145.2m²
  • Floor area: 412.3 m² + 102.7 m² roof terrace reinforced concrete / 3 floors above ground , 1 basement

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AKQA Tokyo Office in Japan by TORAFU ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Article source:  TORAFU ARCHITECTS 

We performed the interior design for the Tokyo office of AKQA, a global ideas and innovation company. Since their office is located on the first basement floor, we strived to create an appealing environment where the agency could pursue its developmental and creative activities by using the site’s open spaces, six-meter ceilings and natural lighting.

Image Courtesy © Daici Ano

Image Courtesy © Daici Ano

  • Architects: TORAFU ARCHITECTS 
  • Project: AKQA Tokyo Office
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Daici Ano
  • Production: AMANO / ISHIMARU
  • Credit: Lightings: Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design/ Furniture: E&Y, gleam / Plants: SOLSO
  • Building site: Ebisu, Tokyo
  • Total floor area: 710m2
  • Design period: 2014.08-11
  • Construction period: 2014.11-2015.01

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Minä perhonen koti in Japan by TORAFU ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Article source: TORAFU ARCHITECTS

minä perhonen is a fashion brand and we performed the interior design for their new directly-managed shop minä perhonen koti. The shop mainly showcasing household goods is found on the 1st floor of the Shonan T-SITE complex, where many tenants are located around a Tsutaya book store. The name of the store “koti”, meaning house in Finnish, derives from the fact that it handles everyday life items, such as cushions and tableware. Thus, deliverables included a space to carefully present small objects and showcase product line-ups with color variations.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: TORAFU ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Minä perhonen koti
  • Location: Japan
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • Production: TOKYO STUDIO/Nakamura paint/E&Y/NOMURA
  • Credit: Lighting: maxray
  • Building site: Kanagawa Shonan T-SITE
  • Total floor area: 66.8m2
  • Design period: 2014.06-2015.02
  • Construction period: 2014.08-11, 2015.3

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