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Hakko Kyoto by Osamu Morishita Architects & Associates

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Article source: Osamu Morishita Architects & Associates

The internet age. This description is already obsolete. This age is passing quickly. The cloud computing world is now.

When wandering about in the cloud of information, things are not recognized clearly for what they are as each bit of information is not clearly defined in either its characteristic or identity. In the cloud computing world, we can know “IT” without actually touching anything real. If we type a keyword in any search engine, we get the information we want quickly. Sports car, British car, SUV, Jaguar, Land Rover, and so on. In the clouds, we have already discovered what we need to know about the goods we desire to purchase. But they are not yet physical, just virtual.

Image Courtesy © Osamu Morishita Architects & Associates

House of Kasamatsu in Gifu, Japan by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Article source: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

It may have become fewer these days, but many people still have experiences of eating or relaxing with families beneath a tree, or climbing trees to find their own space to play.

It is just a metaphor, but the desirable place for a family to gather and spend time may be somewhere like beneath a tree, laid-back, with moderate sunshine and comfortable breeze.

Image Courtesy © Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

  • Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Project: House of Kasamatsu
  • Location: Gifu, Japan
  • Photography: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Site Area: 131.94m2
  • Built Area: 55.27m2
  • Total Floor Area: 113.25m2
  • Type of Construction: Wooden
  • Exterior Materials: Metal finish
  • Interior Materials: paint finish、Lauan plywood
  • Design time: November, 2011 – November, 2012
  • Year of completion: June, 2013
  • Structure company: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
  • Construction company: ASJ Gifu studio(Architecture studio bis)


Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Article source: ALTS Design Office

“It seem to be small space, but which cause to feel big. ”
“It seem to closed space, but which is opened to other space. ”
“It seem to be internal space, but which makes you feel being external space. ”


  • Architects: ALTS DESIGN OFFICE
  • Project: AZUCHI HOUSE
  • Location: Shiga, Japan
  • Architects Member: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Construction: Built of wood
  • Number of stories : 2
  • Gross area: 88.36 ㎡
  • Completed date: 2013.7

KAWATE in Gifu, Japan by Keitaro Muto Architects

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Article source: Keitaro Muto Architects

This house is for a family of four in the city of Gifu.

It is located one block away from the main street and has a residence area and stores on the east side, on the other side, there is a field on the west side and the rice fields on the north side.

Using spacious scenery of nature from the west and the north side, I was inspired to create a landscape of a ground.

Image Courtesy © Teruaki Yoshiike

  • Architects: Keitaro Muto Architects
  • Project: KAWATE
  • Location: Gifu, Japan
  • Photography: Teruaki Yoshiike
  • Collaborators: Atushi Fujio
  • Use: House
  • Structure: Timber
  • Completion: 2013
  • Total floor area: 171.73sqm

ARKHE beauty salon in Chiba, Japan by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Article source: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

We designed a beauty salon named ARKHE (refers to the ancient belief that water is the source of all creation) around the theme of water.

This is a space made up by the charm of its raw materials, thus, by using aluminum and bringing out the beauty of the material we bring into existence a space filled with transient and ever-changing light, like the reflection of light on the surface of water.
Recycled aluminum sheet was used to express the flow of water and hair, reflecting the airily soft light, like sparkling light on water’s surface, and filling the space with elegant and sensual curves.

Image Courtesy © Atsushi Ishida, full view(night time)

  • Architects: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
  • Project: ARKHE beauty salon
  • Location: Chiba, Japan
  • Photography: Atsushi Ishida
  • Client: ARKHE beauty salon
  • Use: beauty salon
  • Area: 120sqm
  • Ceiling: recycled aluminum sheet,skeleton AEP,painted board
  • Floor: plastic tile
  • Wall: painted drywall, grass, mirror

Haunted play house in Tokyo, Japan by TORAFU ARCHITECTS

Saturday, August 10th, 2013


The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo presented a summer exhibition for children entitled  GHOSTS, UNDERPANTS and STARS for which we designed a Haunted house.
The concept of this exhibition invites young visitors to consider the paradox of the rules of the museum, such as ‘Don’t Run’, ‘Don’t Touch’ or ‘Keep Quiet’ by allowing behavior normally forbidden in museums.

Image Courtesy © Fuminari Yoshitsugu

  • Project: Haunted play house
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Fuminari Yoshitsugu

White Forest in Ehrisman House, Yokohama, JAPAN by MoNo

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Article source: MoNo  

MoNo designed the art work “White Forest” which was exhibited in Ehrisman house , one of old western-style houses authorized as a historical architectures by Yokohama city government, as a formal program of The Festival Harmony of Flower and Table  in Yamate of Yokohama-city JAPAN. This event has been held every June for 13 years by the cooperation of 7 city-owned historical Western style houses in this area. In this event, 7 artist-teams exhibit their own art world, under the theme of view of fresh-flower design and table decoration, treating the interior space of designated one among 7 old houses. We MoNo won the competition for this festival and was designated as the artist for one historical house Ehrisman house . So this art work was created as our latest one in our career of contemporary art for historical spaces.

Image Courtesy © MoNo

  • Architects: MoNo
  • Project: White Forest
  • Location: Ehrisman House, Yokohama, JAPAN
  • Designer: Fumiaki Nagashima (MoNo), Mami Maruoka Nagashima (MoNo), Madoka Shimazu (M Lily)
  • Organizer: Harmony of Flower and Table, Executive Committee
  • Site: Ehrisman House in yamate naka-ku Yokohama JAPAN
  • Dates: 01- 09. June. 2013
  • Software used: Rhinoceros

House in Nanakuma, Fukuoka, Japan by MOVEDESIGN

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Article source: MOVEDESIGN

This house is located in Fukuoka, Japan. Reinforced concrete for basement and wood flame for 2 floors on the ground.
3 floors are in layers, different generations of this family live in this layered house.
The individual spaces have continuous so that the family can have private and also feel presence for each other.
The role of this large staircase is a apparatus to connect 3 layers. It takes sun lights and connect the air in the house.

Image Courtesy © Yousuke Harigane

  • Architects: MOVEDESIGN
  • Project: House
  • Location: Nanakuma, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Photography: Yousuke Harigane
  • Function: Private house
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete + wood frame
  • Site area: 126.68㎡
  • Architectural area: 54.64㎡
  • Total floor area: 142.68㎡
  • Year: 2013

FOREST OF BUSINESS CARDS in Tokyo, Japan by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Article source: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects 

The design for this exhibition gallery is themed around the Olympic Games, a space of discovery where people from all over the world gather and meet. The gallery features the-works of 200 artists on the front face of business cards and their contact information written in the back for visitors to take freely.

Image Courtesy © Moriyuki Ochiai Architects, full view

Step tower in Osaka, Japan by EASTERN design office

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Article source: EASTERN design office

A stark white ship that sails in the middle of the bustling sea of colors.

The ship floating on the ocean suddenly appears in a shopping center. It evokes a feeling not of a resort area, but of an exotic corner of a town in some southern country. A feeling of a ship that comes across this area by chance.

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

  • Architects: EASTERN design office
  • Project: Step tower
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Photography: Koichi Torimura 
  • Site Area: 384.38 m2
  • Total Floor Area: 1,548.85 m2
  • Structural Engineering: IHARA STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
  • Contractor: Matsumotogumi Co., Ltd
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