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Dear Ginza bldg in Tokyo, Japan by amano design office

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Article source: amano design office

The client is a developer company. It purchased a long-sought after lot in Ginza, and planned to build a commercial  office building.

The building site is on the Ginza 1-chome Gaslight Street, which is one street behind the Ginza Central Street.

It is on the back side of the Mizuho Bank and Pola Ginza buildings on the Central Street. The atmosphere is quite different from the gorgeous Central Street, and the site is on an empty street which is often seen behind the street with large-sized buildings.
Attracting as many people as possible into such a street is our task. The client desired the building to be a gorgeous existence.

Image Courtesy © Nacasa & Partners Inc.

  • Architects: amano design office
  • Project: Dear Ginza bldg
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Nacasa & Partners Inc.
  • Completion year: March 2013
  • Collaborators: Atorie Oica, Azzurro Architects
  • Construction firm: Kumagai Gumi Co.,Ltd.
  • Main use: Store building and Office building
  • Lot size: 187.20m2
  • Building area: 155.55m2
  • Total floor space: 1300.02m2
  • Maximum height above rail level: 31.955m
  • Structure: Steel frame
  • Number of stairs or stories: Nine stories above ground and one undergr0und story
  • Main material: Aluminum Graphic punching metal, Extruded cement panel
  • Software used: formz

KOYA no SUMIKA in Yaizu, Japan by mA-style architects

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Article source: mA-style architects

This is an extension plan for a young couple’s house next to the main house. The main house is a one story Japanese style house with about 200m2, which is commonly seen in rural areas. It is a big house with many rooms and mainly consists of large spaces for people to gather and to provide hospitality.

Image Courtesy © Kai Nakamura

  • Architects: mA-style architects
  • Project: KOYA no SUMIKA
  • Location: Yaizu, Japan
  • Photography: Kai Nakamura
  • Date of Completion: June 2013
  • Principal Use: Residence
  • Structure:  Built of wood
  • Site Area: 778.38m2
  • Total Floor Area: 82.55m2 (65.99m2/1F, 16.56m2/2F)
  • Structural Engineer: Daisuke Hasegawa

Material Information

  • Exterior Finish: Resin mortar
  • Floor: Trowel concrete , Japanese cedar flooring
  • Wall: Plasterboard t=12.5 Acrylic emulsion paint
  • Ceiling: Plasterboard t=9.5 Acrylic emulsion paint

Light Walls House in Toyokawa, Japan by mA-style architects

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Article source: mA-style architects

The site is in a shady location where a two-story neighboring house closely stands on the south side, and even the shade and shadow on the path intensify the impression of darkness. Therefore, the design intended to create a space with uniformly distributed light by adjusting the way of letting daylight in, and the way of directing the light. By taking into consideration the space for the residents, the functions for living, and the relationship with the surrounding environment, creation of a diversity and richness in the house was intended by controlling the concept of light.

Image Courtesy © Kai Nakamura

  • Architects: mA-style architects
  • Project: Light Walls House
  • Location: Toyokawa, Japan
  • Photography: Kai Nakamura
  • Date of Completion: March 2013
  • Principal Use: Residence
  • Structure: Built of wood
  • Site Area: 266.24m2
  • Total Floor Area: 82.81m2 (82.81m2/1F, 6.90m2/Loft F)
  • Structural Engineer: Daisuke Hasegawa

Material Information

  • Exterior Finish: Siding
  • Floor: Trowel concrete , Maple flooring
  • Wall: Japanese linden plywood
  • Ceiling:  Structural plywood , Skylight

GISELE Omotesando in Tokyo, Japan by msd-office

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Article source: msd-office

A renewal project for the showroom that specializes in the garden furniture of the largest space in Japan. The supervision of the interior design was under the charge of the msd-office, represented by the architect – designer, Tadafumi Masuda.

The showroom is situated in Omotesando, the finest location in Tokyo with the flagship stores of the top-ranking brands lining the streets. More than 100 items of garden furniture are on display in a space of 200 square meters.

Image Courtesy © msd-office

  • Architects: msd-office
  • Project: GISELE Omotesando
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan

SLASH in Chiba, Japan by APOLLO Architects & Associates

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Article source: APOLLO Architects & Associates

This house stands in a nature park with an ocean view, and a mountain behind it. It was designed as a weekend house for the owner to relax while enjoying sunset views. The site is along a busy road. Therefore, the problems of noise and privacy were solved by making enough distance between the road and the building, and by using a reinforced concrete structure facade with minimal openings.

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Project: SLASH
  • Location: Futtsu city, Chiba, Japan
  • Photography: Masao Nishikawa
  • Date of Completion: December 2006
  • Principal Use: Villa
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete
  • Site Area: 383.00 m2
  • Building Area: 121.29m2
  • Total Floor Area: 97.60m2 (1F, 97.60m2)
  • Structure Engineers: Masaki Structure (Kenta Masaki)
  • Facility Engineers: Wa Architects
  • Construction: JP Home

Material Information

  • Exterior Finish: Exposed Concrete
  • Floor: Wood Flooring
  • Wall: Exposed Concrete
  • Ceiling: Acrylic Emulsion Paint

PIXY HALL in Kanagawa, Japan by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Article source: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

It is a interior of kindergarten which is specific for art education.

The plan proposes a multi-purpose space to carry out regular nursery activities as well as special activities for both children and adults such as concerts, performances, exhibitions and workshops for children.

Therefore, by installing playground equipment shaped like a big mountain, which prompt various activities, I aimed to create a space where children and adults can expand their imagination.

Image Courtesy © atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners

  • Architects: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
  • Project: PIXY HALL
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • Photography: atsushi ishida, nacasa & partners
  • Use: Kindergarten
  • Area: 90sqm
  • Client: piccolino kindergarten

Awards( Firm )

  • iF Design Award  “Gold Award” (Germany )
  • INTERIOR DESIGN Best of Year Awards 2011 “Best of Year / 1st prize” ( USA )
  • SBID(Society of British Interior Design) International Award “Best Commercial Space/ 1st prize” (UK)
  • red dot design award  (Germany)
  • International Architecture Awards Shortlist (USA)
  • Design for Asia Awards  “Merit Award” (HongKong )
  • Modern Decoration International Media Award “Annual Commercial Space Award / 1st prize “(China )
  • Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designers Award
  • Japan Display Design Association Award
  • Japan Sign Design Association Award
  • Japan Kids Design Association Award …and many others

New National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan by Zaha Hadid Architects

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has announced Tokyo will host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Jacques Rogge said: “Tokyo prevailed on the excellent quality of a very well-constructed bid.”

Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

House in Itami, Japan by Tato Architects

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Article source: Tato Architects

Widening interspace to utilize

Many of the requests to us for designing a house are accompanied with a prerequisite of ensuring a house for a nuclear family at an extremely subdivided lot, to whichwe cannot easily applythe manners of architecture having been accumulated for long time in Japan. We repeated trials and errors while designing as we think we are in the formative period for a new manner.

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

  • Architects: Tato Architects
  • Project: House in Itami
  • Location: Itami, Japan
  • Photography: Koichi Torimura
  • Site area: 59.16m2
  • Building area: 34.95m2
  • Total floor area: 95.79m2
  • Type of Construction: Steel
  • Program: House
  • Principal designer: Yo shimada
  • Design period: Jun. 2010 – Oct. 2011
  • Construction period: May. 2012 – Sep. 2012
  • Software used: Vectorworks

House in Akiya, Japan by Nobuo Araki / The Archetype

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Article source: Nobuo Araki / The Archetype

This is a two-story weekend house with a rooftop deck in Akiya, located a few hours drive south of Tokyo. Akiya, together with the neighboring area, Hayama, is known for its concentration of summer/weekend houses. Being on the coastal slope where the ocean and mountains meet, the house faces the ocean while its backside greets the mountains. The natural surroundings promise a refreshing weekend stay.

Image Courtesy © BAUHAUS NEO

  • Architects: Nobuo Araki / The Archetype
  • Project: House in
  • Location: Akiya, Yokosuka city, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Photography: BAUHAUS NEO
  • Completion: September 2011
  • Building type: weekend house
  • Client: personal


  • Structure: G.DeSIGN/TakeyukiGaino
  • Facility: SH/Koji Nagai , ShuNagasawa
  • Lighting: On&Off/Shinji Yamaguchi
  • Landscape: GRASSY, Yuko Takaura
  • General constructor: SATOHIDE CORPORATION
  • Structural system: box frame type reinforced concrete construction
  • Number of floors: 2 stories
  • Site area: 155.14 m2
  • Building area: 61.60 m2
  • Total floor area: 113.57 m2

House in Kamihachiman, Tokushima, Japan by Horibe Associates architect’s office

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Article source: Horibe Associates architect’s office

The challenge in this design was to enable a comfortable, open lifestyle despite the fact that the building site is surrounded by other homes lined up uniformly on a street running along their south side. The architects chose not to place windows on the southern side of the home, where they would look out only on neighboring houses, and instead included large windows on the northern side that take advantage of the view of a bamboo forest behind the property.

Image Courtesy © Kaori Ichikawa

  • Architects: Horibe Associates architect’s office
  • Project: House in Kamihachiman
  • Location: Tokushima, Japan
  • Photography: Kaori Ichikawa
  • Design to completion: June 2012-May 2013
  • Primary usage: Residence
  • Structure: wooden construction, two stories above ground
  • Family structure: Couple with a child
  • Site area: 175.29 m2
  • Building area: 74.54 m2
  • Total floor space: 98.92 m2
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