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Okazaki House in Aichi Prefecture, Japan by Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Article source: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

The generation gap has become a problem in Japan in recent years. There are an increasing number of two-family homes, as well as houses built on the lots of parents’ houses. This house is one of the latter. Although the residents are parents and child, solicitude should be expressed with this not-so-large site. This house is a one-story building with a shed roof, which lowers the roof height on the side of the parents’ house, resulting in wide views maintained with open sky from the parents’ house.

Image Courtesy © Forward Stroke inc.

  • Architects: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS
  • Project: Okazaki House
  • Location: Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Forward Stroke inc.
  • Date of Completion: 2012
  • Principal Use: Residence
  • Structure: Wood
  • Site Area: 213.74m2
  • Total Floor Area: 98.17 m2 /1F

Window House in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects 

A weekend house facing to the Sagami Bay with view to Mt. Fuji and Enoshima. The site is just 3 x 8m with 60% of footprint, and the building has become 3-stories almost automatically because the ground floor had to be a piloti by consideration of the storm surge.

Image Courtesy © Yasutaka Yoshimura

  • Architects: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
  • Project: Window House
  • Location: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Yasutaka Yoshimura
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete + wooden
  • Completion year: 2013
  • Site Area: 26.11m2
  • Building Area: 15.42m2
  • Total Floor Area: 32.85m2
  • Structural engineers: Akira Suzuki / ASA
  • General constructors: Tosho Build Plan

Krampon house in Hyogo, Japan by Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates

This is a residential area where the magnificent nature still remains. The site is situated on a sloped land among natural forest. Two large trees with beautifully shaped branches (one is a camphor tree and the other a cherry tree) stand on top of the site. These trees are integrated into the residential design.

Image Courtesy © Yutaka Kinumaki

  • Architects: Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates
  • Project: Krampon house
  • Location: Hyogo, Japan
  • Photography: Yutaka Kinumaki
  • Date of Completion: March,2012
  • Principal Use: House
  • Structure: timber flame
  • Site Area: 360.35m2
  • Building Area: 104.53m2
  • Total Floor Area: 136.65m2 (84.05m2/1F, 52.60m2/2F)
  • Structural Engineer: S3 Associates Inc.
  • Construction: Amerikaya Co.,Ltd.

Agui House in Aichi, Japan by ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Article source: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

This house have ” “Engawa”which means the space between the interior and the exterior horizontally are arranged, commonly seen in the classic Japanese architecture . In this project,we tried to create new versatile various and rich life space to live even better lives.


  • Architects: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE (Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga)
  • Project: Agui House
  • Location: Aichi, Japan
  • Construction: built of wood
  • Number of stories: 2
  • Gross area: 120.90 ㎡
  • Completed date: 2014.2

House in Daizawa, Japan by Nobuo Araki / The Archetype

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Article source: Nobuo Araki / The Archetype

Situated in a calm residential area of Setagaya, Tokyo, the rectangular house faces southward, with a garden at the rear. Several meters in front of the house, a concrete wall has been constructed to provide sufficient privacy to the glass-façade house, while retaining a sense of openness.

Image Courtesy © SHIMIZU KEN

  • Architects: Nobuo Araki / The Archetype
  • Project: House
  • Location: Daizawa, Japan
  • Photography: SHIMIZU KEN
  • Completion: June2013
  • Building type: personal residence


  • Structure: G.DeSIGN/TakeyukiGaino
  • Facility: SH/Koji Nagai , ShuNagasawa
  • Lighting: On&Off/Shinji Yamaguchi
  • General constructor: Watanabetomi Corporation
  • Structure: wooden structure
  • Number of floors: 2 stories
  • Site area: 165.37 m2
  • Building area: 66.04m2
  • Total floor area: 111.15 m2

Mar y Tierra in Hyogo, Japan by DOYLE COLLECTION CO. LTD.

Saturday, February 15th, 2014


Mar y Tierra is a restaurant that provides Spanish cuisine and wine. It stands at the end of the back alley with high level visibility.

Spanish buildings’ usage change with lapse of time. And you can see this from the appearance of the buildings’ exterior or as a total. There are many interesting building examples where the old and the new coexist well. This time, we were inspired by this present Spain, when designing Mar y Tierra.

Full view of the façade. Fantasy lighting façade make dramatic look and high visibility., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

  • Project: Mar y Tierra
  • Location: Hyogo, Japan
  • Photography: Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners
  • Open: 19th, October, 2013
  • Area: 101.0 sqm

COMPOLUX in Tokyo, Japan by Nendo

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Article source: Nendo

The multi brand and shared areas for the women’s clothing floor on the third floor of the Seibu department store in Tokyo’s Shibuya. The ‘contemporary luxury’ floor presents multiple brands together in a unified environment, but each brand needs to be gently distinguished from the others.

Image Courtesy © Masaya Yoshimura

  • Architects: Nendo
  • Project: COMPOLUX
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Masaya Yoshimura
  • Software used: Vectorworks.
  • Brands : 3.1 Phillip Lim, CARVEN, Acne, Theyskens’ Theory, SONIA BY SONIA RYKIEL etc 30 brands

Light Cave in Tokyo, Japan by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Article source: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

We performed the interior design for a restaurant/bar in a long and narrow cave-like setting where dynamic ridges and furrows form luminous vicissitudes that artfully create a space enfolded in a brilliant burst of light.

Full view from dining1, Image Courtesy © Tetsu Hiraga

  • Architects: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
  • Project: Light Cave
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Tetsu Hiraga
  • Area: 96sqm
  • Constructor: aslego
  • Completion: 2013.12


  • Ceiling: recycled aluminum sheet,resin boards ,painted board
  • Floor: stone tile
  • Wall: painted drywall

Suehiro house in Shiga, Japan by ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Article source: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

” Family can live in closely , Meanwhile family can have privacy .”

In this project, We tried to create spaces which have openability and independency.

The site is located in old street that lined low-rise housing where can be over looking at every side.


  • Architects: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE (Sumiou Mizumoto,  Yoshitaka Kuga)
  • Project: Suehiro house
  • Location: Shiga, Japan
  • Construction: built of wood
  • Number of stories: 2
  • Gross area: 146.36 ㎡
  • Completed date: 2014.1

SHUN SHOKU LOUNGE in Osaka, Japan BY Kengo Kuma & Associates

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

We piled up pieces of wooden panels to build the interior like topography. Various kinds of food-related items are laid out on this wooden ground. We expected that the chemistry would be just right for eating and the wooden stratum.

Layered configuration has also been designed for V&A at Dundee. This lounge is in a way like a nesting inside V&A.

Image Courtesy © Kengo Kuma & Associates

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