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Scandinavian middle in Tokyo, Japan by Kichi Architectural Design

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Article source: Kichi Architectural Design

This residence, consisting of a design office and a master bedroom, is the result of renovating a barn which used to store farming equipment, a barn located in the rural area about an hour’s drive from Tokyo. The barn with the height of 4 m. was transformed into a loft which had two levels–the first for the meeting room and the second for the office. The lattice windows welcome the trees of the forest into the building, ushering in tranquility. The old doors of the barn have been given a new life to provide an accent for the space.

Image Courtesy © Mr. Ippei Shinzawa

Image Courtesy © Mr. Ippei Shinzawa

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Nakano fireproof wooden House in Tokyo Prefecture, Japan by Masashi Ogihara Architect & Associates

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Article source: Masashi Ogihara Architect & Associates

A site is an area where a residence crowds in Tokyo.

Since restriction of the 7-meter minimum altitude had started, many houses of 3 stories were built and had been located in a line around the site.

Therefore, except the south side which a road connects, they were the conditions which cannot expect many taking in outside environment to an inside.

Image Courtesy © Kai Nakamura

Image Courtesy © Kai Nakamura

  • Architects: Masashi Ogihara Architect & Associates (Masashi Ogihara)
  • Project: Nakano fireproof wooden House
  • Location: Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Kai Nakamura
  • Site Area: 67.5 sqm
  • Floor Area: 77.7sqm+12.7sqm(loft)
  • Structure: wood
  • Completion: 2012

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Kawanishi Fam in Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan by TTArchitects

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Article source: TTArchitects

Kawanishi Fam is situated in an industrial estate in close proximity to Kurashiki station. It was originally a warehouse used for roasting coffee, but we renovated it to create an open office space. We used the top floor of the four story warehouse due to the lasting impression of the characteristically shaped ceiling, which takes the same form as the original sloped roofing of the warehouse. This ceiling was the primary motivation for us in deciding to undertake the renovation in its current location.

Image Courtesy © Kei Sugino

Image Courtesy © Kei Sugino

  • Architects: TTArchitects
  • Project: Kawanishi Fam
  • Location: Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
  • Photography: Kei Sugino
  • Clients: Shintaro Ono / Kurashiki Estate
  • General constructors: Kotaro Meguro / Meguro Construction
  • Site area: 160.42 sq m
  • Building area: 104.41 sq m
  • Total floor area: 439.445 sq m
  • Structure: steel: 4story
  • Principal use: collaborative working space
  • Construction period: May,2012

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House in Mayuv in Kishiwada, Japan by Naoko Horibe

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Article source: Naoko Horibe

The client requested a design that would melt into the surrounding paddy landscape as well as provide a safe, stable living environment for generations to come.

The architect responded with a plan that incorporates multiple courtyards, ensuring the privacy necessary for an open lifestyle even if homes are built on surrounding lots in the future. If two generations with different schedules eventually share the home, the courtyards will also provide a comfortable degree of distance between the living spaces occupied by various members of the household.

Image Courtesy © Kaori Ichikawa

Image Courtesy © Kaori Ichikawa

  • Architects: Naoko Horibe
  • Project: House in Mayuv
  • Location: Kishiwada, Japan
  • Photography: Kaori Ichikawa
  • Design to completion: Aplil 2012-February 2013
  • Primary usage: Residence
  • Structure: wooden construction, single story above ground
  • Family structure: Couple with a child
  • Site area: 449.31m2
  • Building area: 140.77m2
  • Total floor space: 137.46m2

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i.n.g in Toyota, Japan by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Article source: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

This is the project for two-family house by reconstruction. Every time I witnessed the demolition work before reconstruction, I’ve had some uncomfortable feelings by the view of vacant land. The old house is a building containing lots of thoughts and memories for the owner and it is also a part constituting the town-scape from the community viewpoint. Therefore, based on the idea that there should be a way to renew the house while keeping the old town-scape even in reconstruction project, I proposed a house with Japanese-style outlook to fit naturally into the existing fence and external garden.

Image Courtesy © Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

  • Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Project: i.n.g
  • Location: Toyota, Japan
  • Photography: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Software Used: Vectorworks
  • Site Area: 453.88m2
  • Built Area: 160.56m2
  • Total Floor Area: 147.67m2
  • Type of Construction: Wooden
  • Exterior Materials: paint finish
  • Interior Materials: paint finish、Lauan plywood
  • Design time: January, 2012 – November, 2012
  • Year of completion: July, 2013
  • Design team: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Structure company: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
  • Construction company: Inoue construction Ltd

SWITCH in Tokyo, Japan by APOLLO Architects & Associates

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Article source: APOLLO Architects & Associates

This is a rebuilding plan for a long-established eel restaurant that has been in business for 85 years in downtown Tokyo. Due to a full-scale road expansion plan, the owner was obliged to reduce the site area. The owner decided to welcome the 100 year anniversary of the restaurant in a renewed shop and planned an RC structured shop with residence.

Image Courtesy © APOLLO Architects & Associates

ImaI in Okazaki, Aichi, Japan by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Article source: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

A house built on a narrow strip of land of 3m wide and 21m long. For this ground that looks too long and tight, we adopted a way to construct a house by reinterpreting scale, natural light, and the use of each room instead of setting one concept to design it. We made 5 specific proposals.

Image Courtesy © Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

  • Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Project: ImaI
  • Location: Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
  • Photography: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Site Area: 71.19m2
  • Built Area: 42.64m2
  • Total Floor Area: 69.49m2
  • Type of Construction: Wooden.Steel
  • Exterior Materials: Metal finish
  • Interior Materials: paint finish
  • Design time: May, 2012 – January, 2013
  • Year of completion: August, 2013
  • Design team: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Structure company: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
  • Construction company: Inoue construction Ltd.

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.

Image Courtesy © ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

  • 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..

Image Courtesy © ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

  • 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%)
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