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House with Podocarpus in Osaka, Japan by MIFUNE DESIGN STUDIO

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Article source: MIFUNE DESIGN STUDIO

There has been a symbolic podocarpus tree in the premises since the old days. It used to be a little away from the human space and was not seen from the room in a daily life. For this new construction due to deterioration, the tree was left where it was to strengthen the relation between human and the tree by building a new position and new traffic line. By creating minimum surrounding with new round fence for the tree, form and existence of the tree are maximized.

Image Courtesy © Yasunori Shimomura

Image Courtesy © Yasunori Shimomura

  • Architects: MIFUNE DESIGN STUDIO (Yasutoshi Mifune)
  • Project: House with Podocarpus
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Photography: Yasunori Shimomura
  • Type: residence
  • Site area: 627.59 sqm
  • Building area: 319.46 sqm
  • Structure: wooden (1 storey), reinforced concrete with steel frame
  • Exterior finish: plaster / concrete
  • Builder: Mizokuchi construction Co., Ltd.
  • Completed: August, 2013

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Nagaoka City Hall “Aore” in Niigata, Japan by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Article source: Kengo Kuma and Associates

With the growth of cities and their scale, public buildings of 20th Century were likely to be driven away to the suburbs, often as isolated concrete boxes in parking lots. We wanted to reverse this flow with Nagaoka Aore. We moved the city hall back to the center of the town and revived a real “heart of town,” which is located in a walking distance from anywhere, working along with people’s everyday life.

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma and Associates
  • Project: Nagaoka City Hall “Aore”
  • Location: 1-4-10 Otedori, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, Japan
  • Photography: Erieta Attali
  • Completed in: 2012. 3
  • Program: City hall, Assembly hall, Shops and Restaurants, Bank, Roofed plaza, Garage
  • Site Area: 12073.44 m2

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BARBARESCO in Aomori, Japan by DOYLE COLLECTION co.,ltd

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Article source: DOYLE COLLECTION co.,ltd

“BARBARESCO” is a trattoria enjoying the assortment style of casual Italian dish and selected wine by the sommelier.

It is basically arranged with color schemes emphasizing “exquisite restaurant” and stressing the designs of softness for casual usage.

The entrance lies ahead, walking through this murky passage., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc.

The entrance lies ahead, walking through this murky passage., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc.

  • Architects: DOYLE COLLECTION co.,ltd
  • Project: BARBARESCO
  • Location: Aomori, Japan
  • Photography: Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc.
  • Year: 23, December 2013
  • Built area: 81sqm
  • Client: GMKBros Inc.

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New Kyoto Town House in Japan by ALPHAVILLE Architects

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Article source: Alphaville Architects

This is a residential house located on a narrow site in the centre of Kyoto, the old capital of Japan. The area is lined with traditional wooden townhouses. While inheriting the advantages of townhouses, we intended to overcome their drawbacks and create a comfortable and enjoyable space.

Image Courtesy © Kei Sugino

Image Courtesy © Kei Sugino

  • Architects: ALPHAVILLE Architects
  • Project: New Kyoto Town House
  • Location: Japan
  • Photography: Kei Sugino
  • Design team: Tomohisa Koike(staff), Kazuo Takeguchi(Structural Engineer)
  • General contractor: Craftman Ship Kawana
  • Site area: 78.68 m2
  • Building area: 44.00 m2
  • Gross area: 104.66 m2 (1F: 44.00 sqm, 2F: 44.00 sqm, 2F: 16.66 sqm)
  • Building coverage ratio: 55.92%
  • Floor area ratio: 133.02%
  • Building scale: 3 stories
  • Structure system: steel structure
  • Period of design: 12,2008 – 09,2009
  • Period of construction: 09,2009 – 03,2010

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ki se tsu hair salon in Nagoya, Japan by iks design

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Article source: iks design

In the heart of Nagoya-city, a husband and his wife run a hair salon and an esthetic salon in the same place.

One of their requests was that they needed spaces for both the hair salon and the esthetic salon separately in only 40 ㎡ of space.

Image Courtesy © Keisuke Nakagami

Image Courtesy © Keisuke Nakagami

  • Architects: iks design
  • Project: ki se tsu hair salon
  • Location: Nagoya, Japan
  • Photography: Keisuke Nakagami
  • Project year: 2013
  • Area: 40 sqm
  • Logo,Graphic deign: Tomoshi Yoshida

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Skyward House in Uenohara, Yamanashi, Japan by acaa

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Article source: acaa

Houses built on a highland overlooking mountains in the south. While each housing unit is sufficiently large for a single woman, specific parts inside are compact, thus creating both a feeling of security and a sense of openness. More specifically, two opposite kinds of space coexist in each housing unit. The first kind is the open “exterior room” with a wide opening, whereas the second type is the closed “interior room” with no window facing outside.

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Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

  • Architects: acaa (Kazuhiko Kishimoto)
  • Project: Skyward House
  • Location: Uenohara, Yamanashi, Japan
  • Photography: Hiroshi Ueda
  • Date of Completion: March 2012
  • Principal Use: Private House
  • Structure: Wood
  • Site Area: 408.74m2
  • Total Floor Area: 67.08m2

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CAVE in Nakatsu Oita, Japan by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Article source: Eto Kenta Atelier Architects

The site is located in the northern part of Oita Prefecture.

It is a region where construction of residential areas are expanding.

While housing is lined on the south-west, vast countryside has been left on the north side.

The environment, such as front and back the other hand this.

Image Courtesy © Noriyuki Yano

Image Courtesy © Noriyuki Yano

  • Architects: Eto Kenta Atelier Architects
  • Project: CAVE
  • Location: Nakatsu Oita, Japan
  • Photography: Noriyuki Yano
  • Structural: Hidetaka Nakahara
  • Construction: Nisinihon Doboku
  • Floor area: 115.10㎡
  • Period: 2013.01~2014.01

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2KAM in Kanagawa, Japan by CUBO design architect

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Article source: CUBO design architect

This residence is located in the mountains, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city.

To truly experience the fine view, the windows in the living room on the second floor can be fully opened.

Image Courtesy © Yasuno Sakata

Image Courtesy © Yasuno Sakata

  • Architects: CUBO design architect
  • Project: 2KAM
  • Location: Kamakura-city, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Photography: Yasuno Sakata
  • Period: 2012.3 to 2013.4
  • Site Area:244.20m2
  • Building Area: 92.81m2
  • Total Floor Area: 153.62m2
  • Architecture: Hitoshi Saruta
  • Designer: Hitoshi Saruta
  • Founder: Hitoshi Saruta

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Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum in Kochi Prefecture, Japan by KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Article source: KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES

This is a plan to link two public buildings with a bridge-typed facility, which had been long separated by the road in between. The museum technically bridges communications in this area. It functions not only as a passage between the two facilities but also as an accommodation and workshop, ideal location for artist-in-residence programs. In this project, we challenged a structural system which composes of small parts, referring to cantilever structure often employed in traditional architecture in Japan and China. It is a great example of sustainable design, as you can achieve a big cantilever even without large-sized materials.

Image Courtesy © KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES

Image Courtesy © KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES

  • Architects: KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES
  • Project: Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum
  • Location: Kochi Prefecture, Japan
  • Client: Tomio Yano, Town Mayor of Yusuhara
  • Type of Project: new construction (extension from existing )
  • Principal Use: exhibition space
  • Design and Supervision: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Structure: Main structure/wood, partly steel frame, reinforced concrete, Pile or Foundation / Mat and direct foundation
  • Number of Stories: 1 underground, 2 stories above
  • Site area: 14,736.47㎡
  • Built area: 574,15㎡(total with the existing part: 1,946.97㎡)
  • Total area: 445.79㎡(total with the existing part: 2,540.23㎡)
  • Floor area for each story: B1F:14.85㎡ 1F:68.21㎡ 2F:342.66㎡
  • Height of stories: B1 4,150mm 1F: 9,465mm
  • Height of ceilings: B1F(connection part to the hot spring:2,100mm ) B1F (control room): 2,300mm
  • 1F: 2,300mm  2F (bridging corridor): 2,758mm 2F (gallery room): 5,056mm 2F (bridge): 3,705mm)

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Minakuchi House in Shiga, Japan by ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Article source: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

The plan projects that thought that taking advantage of the texture of the thing itself, and that put out or how to create a space to be able to have the attachment in the future. This site is facing the rural scene scenic, but it is also the land closed surrounded by a peripheral wall.

Where it is allowed to place a major feature on the second floor, we thought the configuration space that can be enjoy the scenery on the second floor in a relaxed manner.

Image Courtesy © ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

Image Courtesy © ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

  • Architects: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE
  • Project: Minakuchi House
  • Location: Shiga, Japan
  • Architects Member: Sumiou Mizumoto / Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Construction: built of wood
  • Number of stories: 2
  • Gross area: 100.72 ㎡
  • Completed date: 2014.5

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