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Geo Metria in Kanagawa, Japan by MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

Sunday, July 7th, 2013


Structure of the land
On the crest of Hakone´s mountain range along the Odawara plain is a site. It´s sunny rolling hillside was once planted with fruit trees. On the south side you have a clear view of the distant Sagami Bay, north of the site a mountain gives shelter from the north wind. Deciduous broad-leaved trees cast soothing shadow in summer, in winter they shed their leaves and allow weak sunlight to warm up the moist mountain soil. The perfect living environment was there, waiting quietly to be found. Rather than bringing a new priciple that is not derived from the land in order to complete a „normal“ house, a place of habitability should be established here.


  • Project: Geo Metria
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • Photography: Ken’ichi Suzuki
  • Year of completion: 2011
  • Construction period: 2011.4-2011.12
  • Property size: 429.40m2
  • Gross floor area: 155.66m2
  • Other aspects, special design features: LVL frame, geometry
  • Office information: Masahiro Harada + MAO / MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

House in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan by Yasunari Tsukada Design

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Article source: Yasunari Tsukada Design

Our client was initially inclined to build a new house. After much consideration, however, he decided to partly renovate his three-storey family house, and use it as a residence for a two-generation family.

Image Courtesy © Stirling Elmendorf

  • Architects: Yasunari Tsukada Design
  • Project: House in Takamatsu
  • Location: Takamatsu-city Kagawa, Japan
  • Photography: StirlingElmendorf
  • Design: Yasunari Tsukada design
  • Contractor: ShikokuHousing
  • Completion: 2012 May

Circus & Circus in Ushiku, Japan by N Maeda Atelier

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Article source: Norisada Maeda

This is a collective house for eight families, whose peculiarity being its depth-wise length (18m par household). There are three approaches derived from this length.Long and curved walls make the air in this house so ambiguous and amorphous. In addition color of white on floors, walls and ceilings is useful for this image.

Image Courtesy © N Maeda Atelier

  •  Architects: N Maeda Atelier
  •  Project: Circus & Circus
  •  Location: Ushiku Ibaraki, Japan
  •  Site area: 411.40m2
  •  Total floor area: 974.25m2
  •  Function: Collecive housing
  •  Structural system: Reinforced concrete 4F
  •  Finish of construction: October of 2004

 Major materials

  •  Exterior:  scraching pattern finished plastering material
  •  Interior:  scraching pattern finished plastering materia

drag_on in Kamakura, Japan by N Maeda Atelier

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Article source: Norisada Maeda

Image Courtesy © N Maeda Atelier

  • Architects: N Maeda Atelier
  • Project: drag_on
  • Location: Kamakura Kanagawa, Japan
  • Site area: 232.96m2
  • Total floor area: 166.41m2
  • Function: Private residence
  • Structural system: Timber 2F
  • Finish of construction: August 1999

THE ROSE in Tokyo, Japan by N Maeda Atelier

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Article source: Norisada Maeda

Three lumps scooped out from a rectangular pudding result in the emerging of spatial [recto] and [verso].[recto]meaning the air filling the three concavities on the pudding ‘s surface. it is defined by the surrounding [outer skin visible from the outside = wall] accommodates room function with public character in close relationship with the outside such as LOUNGE, PARKING, ENTRY.[verso] meaning the inside of the scooped-out pudding’s volume.  it is defined by the surrounding [outer skin facing the interior = wall] accommodates room function with personal character in close relationship with the interior such as BEDROOM, STUDY, GARDEN Communication planned between the air’s [recto] and [verso] that are both products of the [scooping out] creates a twist in their relationship.

Image Courtesy © N Maeda Atelier

  • Architects: N Maeda Atelier
  • Project: THE ROSE
  • Location: Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • Design: N MAEDA ATELIER-Norisada Maeda
  • Design: 2002~2003
  • Construction: 2003~2004
  • Structual system: Reinforced concrete, 3 stories + basement
  • Maximum height: 9.900mm
  • Consultants: Hirokazu In , structural
  • Site area: 150.18 m2
  • Built area: 87.75 m2
  • Total floor area: 288.99 m2

Major materials: 

  • exterior: exposed concrete
  • interior: exposed concrete

FRAME in Obihiro, Japan by Yamauchi Keikichi architects and associates

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Article source: Yamauchi Keikichi architects and associates

This house is located in front of the lucid stream known as the Nuppuku River in Taisho-cho, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido.

The north-west side of the house, which is the back of the building, is surrounded by tall trees, and unspoiled nature miraculously remains on the riverside.

Image Courtesy © Osamu Adachi

House in Kuwana in Mie, Japan by shinobu ichihara architects

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Article source: shinobu ichihara architects

The concept on this project is creating rooms connected visually, but also creating rooms separated physically. For example,

The dining room is connected to the den through a void. The master bedroom is connected to the corridor by the glass door.

Image Courtesy © shinobu ichihara architects

Small Core House in Ochiaigawa, Japan by UNIT-O

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Article source: UNIT-O

This house is a minimum house for young couples built along the riverside of Ochiaigawa of Higashikurume, Tokyo prefecture, in Japan. It is built in the environment that is full of the green that was adjacent in Ochiaigawa, and it’s white and simple volume like a “TOFU” individualizes surrounding environment.

Image Courtesy © Yasuhiro Nakayama, UNIT-O

  • Architects: UNIT-O
  • Project: Small Core House
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Yasuhiro Nakayama , UNIT-O
  • Architect In Charge: Ryutaro Saito , Masahiro Yoneda
  • Area: 66.94 sqm
  • Month/Year: 09/2013

Fashion Museum in Omotesando, Japan by YBGSNA

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Article source:  YBGSNA

Image Courtesy © YBGSNA

  • Architects: YBGSNA
  • Project: Fashion Museum
  • Location: Omotesando Tokyo, Japan
  • Area: 4,000  m2
  • Client: Arquitectum
  • Software used:  AutoCAD & Rhino

Fox in Hayama, Japan by N Maeda Atelier

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Article source: Norisada Maeda

Image Courtesy © N Maeda Atelier

  • Architects: N Maeda Atelier
  • Project: Fox
  • Location: Hayama Kanagawa, Japan
  • Site area: 222.61m2
  • Total floor area: 178.09m2
  • Function: Private residence
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