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Ritto House in Shiga, Japan by ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Article source: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

This plan is a project of the small detached living residence toward a rural landscape. We were kept to a minimum in functionality and use the residence away. Because it because we wanted to create a space with the comfort and spread a small but.. Then, what we considered prepared a big opening like a veranda in the south side of the rural landscape, and directed calm space, and it brought comfort to space by using pure timber for an inside.


  • Architects: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE
  • Project: Ritto House
  • Location: Shiga, Japan
  • Architects Member: Sumiou Mizumoto,  Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Construction: built of wood
  • Number of stories: 1
  • Gross area: 71.33 ㎡
  • Completed date: 2014.3

Hazukashi house in Kyoto, Japan by ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Article source: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

This plan is the project that thought about how you take in rich light in a site condition of small space only in Kyoto. Is provided with a dining space gathering of family at the center of the house, that So we thought, was a blow-out there. This well space is also the space which connects a family’s bonds, and also achieves dynamic functions, such as display and room of stairs..


  • Architects: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE
  • Project: Hazukashi house
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Architects Member: Sumiou Mizumoto / Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Construction: built of wood
  • Number of stories : 2
  • Gross area: 93.45 ㎡
  • Completed date: 2014.3

SunnyHills in Minami-Aoyama, Japan by Kengo Kuma & Associates

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

This shop, specialized in selling pineapple cake (popular sweet in Taiwan), is in the shape of a bamboo basket. It is built on a joint system called “Jiigoku-Gumi,” traditional method used in Japanese wooden architecture (often observed in Shoji: vertical and cross pieces in the same width are entwined in each other to form a muntin grid).

Image Courtesy © Daici Ano

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Project: SunnyHills
  • Location: Minami-Aoyama, Japan
  • Photography: Daici Ano
  • Structure: Jun Sato Structural Engineering
  • Facilities: Kankyo Engineering
  • Construction: Satohide Corporation
  • Site Area: 175.69m2
  • Building Area: 102.36m2
  • Total Floor Area: 293.00m2
  • No. of Floors: BF1, 1F, 2F, RF
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete Partially Timber
  • Construction Period: 2012.November〜2013.December
  • Primary use: Store (retail)
  • Client: Sunny Hills Japan
  • Design Team: Kengo Kuma, Kenji Miyahara, Hiroaki Akiyama, Yuteki Dozono, Masahiro Minami
  • Hvac: San-ei Setsubi Kogyo
  • Plumbing: San-ei Setsubi Kogyo
  • Electric: Kokko Systems
  • Building Coverage: 58.26% (maximum allowed: 60%)
  • Floor area ratio: 166.77% (maximum allowed: 281.60%)

House in Kitakarasuyama, Japan by Mizuishi Architects Atelier

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Article source: Mizuishi Architects Atelier  

This is a small house built in the corner plot that is before coming to a dead end. Residents are husband and wife and two young boys. It is the location of the favorable conditions facing the roads in south and east. But because the neighborhood residents come and go , it was a challenge how to take the outside and how to open the inside, even while making living areas calm.

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Tanigawa

  • Architects: Mizuishi Architects Atelier
  • Project: House
  • Location: Kitakarasuyama, Japan
  • Photography: Hiroshi Tanigawa
  • Type: residential house
  • Structural engineer: Kentaro Nagasaka
  • Lighting designer: Tatsuoki Nakajima
  • Contractor: Show-yo
  • Site area: 78.09m2
  • Building area: 31.14 m2
  • Total floor area: 91.19 m2
  • Structure: RC+wood
  • Story: B1+2F
  • Design period: October , 2012 – June , 2013
  • Construction period: July , 2013 – December , 2013

Hinanai Village House in Hiroshima, Japan by dygsa

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Article source: dygsa

This is a house in Hiroshima, Japan.

The house is ideally suited for the client’s family of four – parents and two kids – with the purpose of spending weekends in the natural environment.

It is situated on the top of a hill with the spectacular view over the surrounding area.

The one-story house is in the shape of a square with sides that are 9.5m long.

Image Courtesy © dygsa

  • Architects: dygsa (Dominik Yoshiya Setouchi)
  • Project: Hinanai Village House
  • Location: Hiroshima, Japan
  • Photography: dygsa
  • Construction kind: build
  • Principal use: house
  • Structure: wood
  • Number of stories: 1 above ground
  • Site area: 2001.45㎡
  • Building area: 91.30㎡
  • Total floor area: 91.30㎡
  • Design period: 2012〜2013
  • Collaboration: Koura architects

House For Seven People in Tokyo, Japan by mnm

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Article source: mnm 

The House for Seven People

The original house was built 37 years ago with a mixed structure; steel on the ground floor and timber on the first floor. Since its original construction in 1977, the site around the house has dramatically changed. The two-story house is now surrounded by 7-9 story buildings in an area known as the “Urban Village“, which lies between Yamate-Dori and Megro River – a three minute walk from Fudomae Metro Station in Tokyo.

Image Courtesy © Sadao Hotta

  • Architects: mnm
  • Project: House For Seven People
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Sadao Hotta and Morinaka Yasuaki
  • Construction: N.F.C Takashi Kitahara
  • Main Use: Dwelling
  • Client: Chie Hayashi
  • Design Period: March 2013 – May 2013
  • Construction Period: July 2013 – August 2013
  • Number of Floors: 2

House in Yokawa, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan by Mosaic Design

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Article source: Mosaic Design 

The house is located in Yokawa, which is in the south-central part of Hyogo Prefecture.

The clients are a senior couple and have lived in several countries around the world such as Panama, Peru, Los Angels, Singapore, London and Tokyo for their business. After retiring, they decided to return to their hometown.

Image Courtesy © Takeshi Yamagishi

  • Architects: Mosaic Design (Ko Nakamura + Yurika Orita)
  • Project: House in Yokawa
  • Location: Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Building Type: Housing
  • Construction: Yamamoto Komuten
  • Site Area: 999.87sqm
  • Bulding Area: 253.43sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 190.46sqm


Sunday, March 9th, 2014


Graceful Dance of Shower Curtains

Hotel room is a temporary private space and there is a specific manner of partition for each guest, which produces feeling of comfort and calmness. It is not always constant and varies depending on feeling of the day and time. This room has no partition and instead there are only three shower curtains. Here, the guest can move each shower curtain when necessary and change the manner of partition freely with elaboration.

Image Courtesy © Yasunori Shimomura

  • Architects: MIFUNE DESIGN STUDIO (Yasutoshi Mifune)
  • Project: ROOM 211 (HOTEL T’POINT)
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Photography: Yasunori Shimomura
  • Type: hotel room
  • Year: 2011
  • Client: HOTEL T’POINT
  • Area: 42 sqm
  • Materials: shower curtain, plaster, concrete
  • Builder: Obai carpentry shop

O Dispensing Pharmacy in Ogaki city, Japan by ninkipen!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Article source: ninkipen!

This is a new construction for a pharmacy in front of a general hospital.

We considered how the architecture itself could become a symbol in the town, but unlike other pharmacies filling the streets with big, showy graphic signage.

Image Courtesy © Hiroki kawata

  • Architects: ninkipen! (Yasuo Imazu)
  • Project: O Dispensing Pharmacy
  • Location: Ogaki city, Japan
  • Photography: Hiroki kawata
  • Stractual engineer: Yosiki Mondo
  • Use: dispensing pharmacy
  • Completion: 2013.12
  • Site area: 177.00m2
  • Building area: 106.50m2
  • Total floor area: 172.14m2

Home for all in kesennuma, Japan by zhaoyang architects

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Article source: zhaoyang architects

The home-for-all in Kesennuma is designed and built as a gathering space for a fishing community that severely suffered from the Tsunami in 2011. It is located at Kesennuma’s Oya fishing harbor that serves as a center for the local fishing activities and community life. It’s a shelter in which fishermen can take a rest, a place where the wives would wait for their husbands to return [with the catch] and sometimes a marketplace.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

  • Architects: zhaoyang architects
  • Project: home for all in kesennuma
  • Location: kesennuma, Japan
  • Photography: Hisao Suzuki, Jonathan Leijonhufvud
  • Local Architect: MasanoriWatase
  • Design team: Ruofan Chen, Zhou Wu
  • Structural engineering: Hideaki Hamada
  • Site Supervision: Takezou Murakoshi
  • Client: People of Ohyadistrict in Kesennuma-city, Miyagiprefecture, Japan
  • Site area: 419.21m2
  • Built area, Total floor area: 93.45m2
  • Cost: 100000 euros
  • Design phase (beginning and endingmonth, year): Dec. 2012 – Jun. 2013
  • Construction phase (beginning and endingmonth, year): Jul. 2013 – Oct. 2013


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