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Nikken Space Design Osaka Office in Japan

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Article source: NIKKEN SPACE DESIGN LTD

More than just creative
This is an in-house office plan of our design office. Approximately 30 staff members working in our office, which is located in the central part of Japan’s second largest city of Osaka, are engaged in the interior designing of a wide range of facilities in the public and private sectors, such as government agencies and company offices as well as hotels, hospitals, and educational institutions. Our new office needs to be a place ensuring more creativeness and higher productivity than others do, and we had to understand the nature of the staff members when we launched the office. Our staff members consist of professionals, including designers, computer graphic (CG) renders, and computer-aided design (CAD) operators. Each of the staff members belonging to the office is respected as an independent talented creator. Therefore, unlike typical enterprises, the office is of very flat organizational structure. Usually, each team of four to five members assigned promotes a separate project, and the team members are strongly aware of their organic ties. Therefore, we noticed at an early designing stage of the office that a fixed desk layout was not suitable to our style. As described above, the office produces value that it can provide to society from the character and talent of each individual designer. From this perspective, there was an opinion that the idea of making a highly uniformed workspace did not fit the staff members. Accordingly, how to achieve a creative place, where the character of each individual was respected and the organic connections of the individuals could be managed at a high degree of freedom, became the biggest theme of this project.

Image Courtesy © Daisuke SHIMA [Nacása & Partners]

Image Courtesy © Daisuke SHIMA [Nacása & Partners]

  • Architects: NIKKEN SPACE DESIGN LTD
  • Project: Nikken Space Design Osaka Office
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Photography: Daisuke SHIMA [Nacása & Partners]
  • Chief designer: Tetsutaro NISHIDA
  • Senior designer: Koichi TANIGAKI
  • Designer: Mao NAKANOIN

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SCROLL HUT in Tokyo, Japan by EP3

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Article source: EP3

OUTLINE

This project is a self-build pavilion on campus. Responding to the light, it shows unique morphing between different geometries. One is the fern, biological swirl form, and the other is the roof, architectural triangular form. These traditional design motifs seamlessly merge into a livable architecture by using today’s electronic technologies.

During the school semester, it usually stands on the open floor between classrooms, and students take breaks inside of its space, Image Courtesy © Yuji Nakajima

During the school semester, it usually stands on the open floor between classrooms, and students
take breaks inside of its space, Image Courtesy © Yuji Nakajima

  • Architects: EP3
  • Project: SCROLL HUT
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Yuji Nakajima
  • Concept and Art Direction: Hiroyuki Futai
  • Structural Design: WeiLi Low
  • Programing: Masato Takeuchi
  • Video Making: Kazuyuki Miyamoto
  • Date:
    • Design and Prototyping: 07.2012-03.2014
    • Production and Installation : 04.2014-10.2014

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ORIGAMI ark in Himeji, Japan by Matsuya Art Works

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Article source: Matsuya Art Works

This showroom is built to sustain the tanners in the leather manufacturing business, which is local traditional industry in Himeji City, a suburban city in Japan. The showroom highlights the enormous range of leather materials that makes the clients strength and meets his wish to communicate and show the diversity of his products. This specificity leads us to focus on the interior design that allows us to better display the project rather than the exterior shape of the building. The request was to display over 3000 leather items in a very narrow exhibition space limited to 300 m². In order to respond to this range, a second and third floor must be built, however separating the display into several floors might not leave the wanted impression of the huge diversity of leather products offered by the house. Therefore, the Idea was to build an enormous three-dimensional fixture in a single exhibition room. A huge frame was built in shape of a jungle gym using 100x100mm² square steel pipes, creating a three dimensional display fixture. The Grand dimensions of this fixture creates in the visitors mind an impressive understanding of the overwhelming range of products with a single glance. Moreover, leaving more space to move freely provides an experience similar to exploring a jungle gym inside making the discovery of the leather materials’ variety more exciting.

Image Courtesy © Matsuya Art Works

Image Courtesy © Matsuya Art Works

  • Architects: Matsuya Art Works
  • Project: ORIGAMI ark
  • Location: Himeji, Japan
  • Software used: Vectorworks (A&A)

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“House in Tsudanuma” in Narashino, JAPAN by Shigeru Fuse

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Article source: Shigeru Fuse

The house is for a married couple in their forties, located in the city of Narashino. It is situated on the edge of a residential neighborhood and a commercial district that stretches form the station, with large-scale stores nearby. The house faces an eight meter wide street classified as an urban roadway, with busy traffic due to its proximity to the train station. The client wished for a concrete house, where all spaces are stringed together in sequence, while also maintaining the privacy and freedom of a spacious living space.

Image Courtesy © Shigeru Fuse

Image Courtesy © Shigeru Fuse

  • Architects: Shigeru Fuse
  • Project: House in Tsudanuma
  • Location: Narashino, JAPAN
  • Structural Engineers: YsutakaKonishi
  • Design Team: fuse-atelier + Musashino Art University (fuse-studio)
  • Site area: 133.27m2
  • Building area: 63.83 m2
  • Gross internal floor area: 153.41 m2
  • Floor: 3-Storey
  • Completion of work: 2014

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Floating House in Siga, Japan by Satoru Hirota Architects

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Article source: Satoru Hirota Architects

“House to be floating in the rural landscape” It is a house built along the main road in a rural city.

(This house also includes gallery and studio.) In order to protect the residents from the surrounding any kind of noise, House has been surrounded by a gradual circular wall. When enter the inside of the wall, there is a serene space. The first floor is composed by three concrete volumes. Garage and gallery (for embroidery artist), and study.

Image Courtesy © Satoru Hirota Architects

Image Courtesy © Satoru Hirota Architects

  • Architects: Satoru Hirota Architects 
  • Project: Floating House
  • Location: Siga, Japan
  • Structural design: nieda+hisaeda architects / Taizen Nieda + Mitsuyoshi Yoshida
  • Site area: 526.99m2
  • Building area: 146.32m2
  • Total floor area: 197.37m2

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YOC Japanese restaurant renovation in Kyoto, Japan by GENETO

Friday, June 19th, 2015
Article source: GENETO

The site is located in between Kyoto and Nara, and this area was prospered as post station before.

This Japanese-style restaurant was established in 1624 and used as hotel for traveller. Now it has been continued as a japanese-style restaurant.

Facade.(daytime), Image Courtesy © Yasutake Kondo

Facade.(daytime), Image Courtesy © Yasutake Kondo

  • Architects: GENETO (Koji Yamanaka, Yuji Yamanaka, Asako Yamashita, ShizukaYoshimatsu)
  • Project: YOC Japanese restaurant renovation
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Photography: Yasutake Kondo
  • Site area: 890m2
  • Building area: 429m2 (more…)

L’angolino in Gunma prefecture, Japan by GENETO

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Article source: GENETO

It’s an Italian restaurant being become an opportunity to develop the local identity, made by self-build.

This is an Italian restaurant in Gunma prefecture.

In contrast to a big city, this town has a typical local city view. There are many chain stores and giant shopping stores in roadside.

The client is originally from here and he has a strong thought that his hometown should have identity and it needs a place(restaurant) which can be a foothold for local people.

Image Courtesy © Yasutake Kondo

Image Courtesy © Yasutake Kondo

  • Architects: GENETO
  • Project: L’angolino
  • Location: Tatebayashi city in Gunma, Japan
  • Photography: Yasutake Kondo
  • Structural engineer: Takashi Takamizawa

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ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL HIROSHIMA CHAPEL in Japan by NIKKEN SPACE DESIGN LTD

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Article source: NIKKEN SPACE DESIGN LTD

A wondrous, sun-dappled chapel

Concept of total excellence
This is a new chapel that opened in a hotel located in the global tourism city of Hiroshima. Focusing on the fact that this chapel’s birth in the lobby area would make it the face of the hotel and convey its brand message, the design concept was to create a distinctive, unrivalled space. Since this chapel faces the hotel’s courtyard, wooden lattice panels were used to create a wondrous, sun-dappled chapel that is integrated with the garden.

IImage Courtesy © Nacása & Partners

Image Courtesy © Nacása & Partners

  • Architects: NIKKEN SPACE DESIGN LTD
  • Project: ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL HIROSHIMA CHAPEL
  • Location: Hiroshima, Japan
  • Photography: Nacása & Partners
  • Software used: CAD
  • Designer: Takashi FUJII
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esprit-N in Nara, Japan by Tsukano Architect Office

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Article source: Tsukano Architect Office

This house was designed to be situated among the mountains of Nara Prefecture located in Midwest of Japan. The south side of the house place is connecting with the gentle slopes, we can see green valleys under us without any concern of people eyes. The client is a married couple having one child. They wanted to house that “living” by physically itself linked directly to the atmosphere, with fostering their kids. So, they planned the house which was pulled out from the mountain, as the solid blocks. The pulled out land exposes the soil surface on the top of the land, it includes the buds of the plants as well as life of the insects in the walls.

Image Courtesy © Tsukano Architect Office

Image Courtesy © Tsukano Architect Office

  • Architects: Tsukano Architect Office
  • Project: esprit-N
  • Location: Nara, Japan
  • Structure: S+RC
  • Site area: 453.2 sqm
  • Building area: 137.0 sqm
  • Total floor area: 137.0 sqm

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House in Suita, Japan by NRM*Architects Office

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Article source: NRM*Architects Office

One corner in the uptown where the site is typical. A residence hand is a young married couple. I put the thing which makes the cost a compressed rational plan, private securement, good lighting, ventilation and future’s child rearing in the view, was conscious of the spatial structure which stimulates susceptibility and planned in the limited budget.

Image Courtesy © NRM*Architects Office

Image Courtesy © NRM*Architects Office

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