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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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The Tomihiro Art Museum in Gunma, Japan by aat+makoto yokomizo architects

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Article source: aat+makoto yokomizo architects

Located in a mountain village beside a man-made lake two and a half hours’ drive north of Tokyo, the Tomihiro Museum is dedicated to the work of local poet-illustrator Tomihiro Hoshino.  Since 1991, when the Museum first opened on the refurbished premises of a disused home for the elderly, an average of more than 1000 persons a day have made the trip here, for a ten-year total of over 4 million visitors—a surprising number considering the remote location.

looking at the cafė from the garden, Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

looking at the cafė from the garden, Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

  • Architects: aat+makoto yokomizo architects
  • Project: The Tomihiro Art Museum
  • Location: Azuma, Gunma, Japan
  • Photography: Christian Richters, Shigeru Ohno, Christoffer Rudquist, Makoto yokomizo
  • Client: Azuma village
  • Graphic design: Yukimasa Matzda / ushiwakamaru matzda office
  • Structure: steel frame + reinforced concrete / 1story
  • Engineer: ARUP JAPAN (Mitsuhiro Kanada) (more…)

Checkered House in Tokyo, Japan by Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Article source: Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office

This is a house in the urban city using wood.

It is getting more and more difficult to use wood for housing in the city. We see wooden houses but it costs a lot of money for disaster prevention and maintenance.

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

  • Architects: Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office
  • Project: Checkered House
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Koichi Torimura
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Designer: Takeshi Shikauchi / Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office
  • Structure design: Ohno JAPAN
  • Collaborative design: Yuko Suzuki Architecture Office
  • Total area: 117.9㎡
  • Completion: March / 2015

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House in SYUKUGAWA, Japan by NRM*Architects Office

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Article source: NRM*Architects Office

It is a small house for the young family.
It captures accurately the characteristics of the site, you have to plan that maximize the potential possessed by the site.
It is a corner lot to Seddo to the west and south, but the west is a facade that is closed to traffic volume is large, we have a plan that can take advantage of the south side of the park as a scenic backdrop.

Image Courtesy © NRM*Architects Office

Image Courtesy © NRM*Architects Office

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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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