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Yakuin Condominium Renovation in Fukuoka, Japan by Yusaku Matsuoka architects and associates

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Article source: NEOPLUS SIXTEN INC.

This renovation of a condominium in a complex built in 1982 in the city of Fukuoka comprises the second stage of the “Ever Design Project,” which aims to fully renovate and resell previously occupied condominiums. The design makes optimal use of the compact 50 m2 space, while also ensuring the marketability of the unit by providing future occupants with three possible layouts to choose from and significantly improving thermal performance.

Image Courtesy © Yousuke Harigane

  • Architects: Yusaku Matsuoka architects and associates (Yusaku Matsuoka)
  • Project: Yakuin Condominium Renovation [Ever Design Project 002]
  • Location: Fukuoka-city, Japan
  • Photography: Yousuke Harigane
  • Material Information:

    • Floor: Solid-wood, tile
    • Wall: stainless, galvanized-steal, vinyl Cross
    • Ceiling: Rigid PVC sheet, Vinyl cross
  • Total Floor Area: 49.57m2
  • Date of Completion: December 2016

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A Cutting Edge Pharmacy in Himeji, Japan by KTX archiLAB

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Article source: KTX archiLAB

In Japan, two major types of pharmacies can be found. The first is the drug store, or what can be described as retail pharmacies. This type offers services related to basic medicines as well as parapharmaceutical products. The second type is the dispensing pharmacies, usually related to a nearby clinic or hospital. In this type of pharmacies, the products are prepared in the backyard after the customer presents prescription issued by his doctor. Once prepared, the pharmacist has to explain to the customer about the prescription.

Image Courtesy © Stirling Elmendorf

  • Architects: KTX archiLAB
  • Project: A Cutting Edge Pharmacy
  • Location: Himeji, Japan
  • Photography: Stirling Elmendorf
  • Software used: Vectorworks

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“House in Shimokawahara” in Shizuoka, Japan by KOIZUMISEKKEI ltd.

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Article source: KOIZUMISEKKEI ltd.

The project area had the Abe-kawa river bed and row of cherry blossom trees on the north side with the majestic Mt. Fuji in full view beyond that.

On the other hand, there was a three-story house adjacent to the south side, so it couldn’t expect to get much sunlight.

Image Courtesy © Toshiyuki Yano

  • Architects: KOIZUMISEKKEI ltd.
  • Project: House in Shimokawahara
  • Location: Shizuoka, Japan
  • Photography: Toshiyuki Yano
  • Other participants (eg. collaborators, clients, consultants, etc): Buildinged by Kuwataka Kensetsu
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 166.08 sqm
  • Completion Year: 2013

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Nerima House in Tokyo, Japan by Elding Oscarson

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: Elding Oscarson 

On a plot in Tokyo, a small garden has been thriving next to an old house for a long time. As the tiny existing building was replaced, our client really wanted to preserve the garden and allow it to sprawl all around the house. The small plot should also fit a parking, the maximum footprint of the house, and the necessary gap to the site perimeter. The client is a couple that will first use this house as a weekend house before eventually moving to Tokyo. They also have grown-up children living in Tokyo and abroad that will inhabit the house from time to time. Therefore, the program was fairly unspecified, and rather than making a house with many small rooms, we opted for a concept which gives a few large spaces in this small house.

Image Courtesy © Kenichi Suzuki

  • Architects: Elding Oscarson [Jonas Elding (Partner in Charge), Johan Oscarson (Partner in Charge), Yuko Maki (Project Architect)]
  • Project: Nerima House
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Kenichi Suzuki
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Local Architect: Koichiro Tokimori, Osamu Kato
  • Structural Engineer: Jun Sato Structural Engineering, Yuko Mihara (Project Engineer)
  • Mechanical Engineer: System Design Labo
  • Builder: Kudo Komuten
  • Gardener: Tokuzo
  • Curtain: Akane Moriyama
  • Construction Cost: 38.000.000 yen
  • Site area: 109 m2
  • Building area (gross): 46 m2
  • Total floor area (gross): 99 m2
  • Completion: 2015

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House in Tsubaki, Japan by PANDA – Person and Architecture

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Article source: PANDA – Person and Architecture

The site is located in a residential district, which is easily accessible from a principal road. It is a so-called “flagpole-shaped site”, meaning that the rectangular site is located at some distance from the public road and linked to it by a long and narrow path. The site is surrounded by two-story and three- story buildings on the four sides. The client requested an indoor garage so that he can enjoy looking at his beloved car from living room and also an inclined roof with solar panels.

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

  • Architects: PANDA – Person and Architecture (Kozo Yamamoto, Shinji Ikeda)
  • Project: House in Tsubaki
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Koichi Torimura
  • Contractor: AZ Construction
  • Total Floor Area:94.81 sqm
  • Building Area:94.81sqm
  • Year:2014

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Coniwa in Tokyo, Japan by YUUA Architects and Associates

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Article source: YUUA Architects and Associates

“coniwa” is a cooperative housing residence, located in the suburbs of western Tokyo.

It consists of eleven dwellings arranged around a lush courtyard, which is covered by a wooden boardwalk. In this project the clients were initially provided with a constructive and architectural framework, in which the plan was designed according to the individuals’ requests.

Image Courtesy © SOBAJIMA, Toshihiro

  • Architects: YUUA Architects and Associates (Madoka Aihara & Tomokazu Shimizu)
  • Project: Coniwa
  • Location: Koganei-shi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: SOBAJIMA, Toshihiro
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Producer: Archinet
  • Structural Engineer: Hirotsugu Tsuboi Structural Engineers, RGB Structure
  • Facility Engineer: Kitamura Machinery Engineering
  • Plants Designer: SOLSO
  • Constructor: Ishizue Column Co., Ltd.
  • Project Area:  718.86m2
  • Building Area: 373.63m2
  • Size: 886.52m2
  • Year: 2014-2015

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Rainy・Sunny in Tokyo, Japan by Mount Fuji Architects Studio

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Article source: Mount Fuji Architects Studio

The site is there in a residential area in Tokyo, dense with low-rise buildings, located a little bit west to the center of the Kanto plain. 
The climate there is about to change from warm humid climate to rainforest climate in near future.

I’m not making a “house” this time. It should be a lasting “terrain” that induces “habitation”. My goal is to shape the terrain up to a freshly designed “residence” with no preestablished harmony sensed.

Image Courtesy © Ryota Atarashi

Image Courtesy © Ryota Atarashi

  • Architects: Mount Fuji Architects Studio
  • Project: Rainy・Sunny
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Ryota Atarashi
  • Design Team: Masahiro Harada + MAO (principals-in-charge) + Naoto Ishi , Kazuyoshi Nomura
  • Structural engineering: Jun Sato structural engineers
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete
  • Site Area: 108.3m2
  • Building Area: 53.1m2
  • Total Floor Area: 79.5m2
  • Project year: 2008

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Indigo Waterfall in Tokushima, Japan by spatial practice

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Article source:  spatial practice

Award-winning architectural office, spatial practice, completed a site-specific light installation in Tokushima, Japan; titled Indigo Waterfall. The permanent fiber optic lighting installation is debuted at the Tokushima LED Art Festival 2016 flanking both sides of Kasuga Bridge creating the perception of indigo ink spilling into Shinmachi River.

Inspired by both the past and present industries of Tokushima City, the designer merges and highlights the importance of both industries in its development of the city.  Tokushima City was built by the indigo dye industry; big indigo storehouses occupied both waterfronts surrounding Kasuga Bridge where white walls and blue stones were reflected onto the river. Tracing back to its history, the Indigo Waterfall gives new remembrance to the surrounding indigo storehouses by utilizing Tokushima City’s new thriving LED industry and its surrounding natural beauty. By connecting light, nature, local culture and people; the installation creates a new image for Tokushima City.

Indigo Waterfall bridges the past, future, and evolution of industrial development.

Bird view, Image Courtesy © spatial practice

Bird view, Image Courtesy © spatial practice

  • Architects: spatial practice
  • Project: Indigo Waterfall
  • Location: Kasuga Bridge; Tokushima, Japan
  • Software used: Autocad, Photoshop, InDesign
  • Client: Tokushima City Government
  • Project Team: Erik Amir, Dora Chi, Jason Loo, Ryo Otsuka, Taylor Williams
  • Light Consultant: Light Moment
  • Local Consultant: Kanou Consultant
  • Main Contractor: Tokugawa Denko
  • Sub-Contractor: Products Kei; Style-Tec

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“House in Yatomigaoka” in Aichi, Japan by TSC Architects

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: TSC Architects

This house offers the family a life to live closer to green. Living room is that the sash is completely full open, and has a space to feel the green integrated north garden and south garden. On 2nd floor balcony, planters are placed randomly, which makes a series of green together with green in front and back of the building. These plants help to cool down the temperature , block sunshine and offer privacy for residents. Planted zone with a vertical ties forms a favorable environment for the residential and region.

Image Courtesy © Masato Kawano(Nacasa & Partners Inc.)

Image Courtesy © Masato Kawano(Nacasa & Partners Inc.)

  • Architects: TSC Architects (Yoshiaki Tanaka)
  • Project: House in Yatomigaoka
  • Location: Aichi, Japan
  • Photography: Masato Kawano(Nacasa & Partners Inc.)
  • Site area: 400.63 sqm
  • Built area: 118.52 sqm
  • Total floor area: 279.47 sqm
  • Design time: 2013
  • Completion: 2015

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M3・KG in Tokyo, Japan by MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

“dialogue” between the old and the new “substance” 
This is a house to be built in Tokyo, for a movie producer couple.
This architecture is consisted by combining L-shaped blocks of reinforced concrete and sequential frames of box-shaped engineer-wood. We put bedrooms, film archive and galley in solid concrete part for security, and living room in engineer-wood part for openness. 
As material that consist an open space that is 6m in height, 5.5m in width, 14m in depth, we choose thin engineer-wood (38mmx287mm).
Main theme for this architecture is to bring out a sense of mass and material, which were denied by modern architecture which pursued “white, flat wall” as a style.
We intentionally left the wood grain of mold on the surface of concrete, and choose textured stones and irons.
It goes without saying that a house is a relaxing place. A house like a white-cube, surrounded by flat, white walls everywhere, gives a person very abstract image.
But that image could only be sensed when we use intellective part of our brain. 
The problem is that we’re not all-intellective-creature. For the people like this client, who do enough intellectual labor on a daily basis, white-cube would only bring sense of fatigue.
The role of architecture, especially the ones for living, is to soothe the sensory side of people, not to stimulate the intellectual side. That’s my take.
Sure, intellectual living would have got some meaning as a fashion at the time when modern architecture was born.
However, now that it became a part of everyday life, its identity has been lost.
We have to examine whether our approach is rational or not every time we build architecture.

Image Courtesy © Ryota Atarashi

Image Courtesy © Ryota Atarashi

  • Architects: MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO
  • Project: M3・KG
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Ryota Atarashi, Satoshi Asakawa
  • Design Team: Masahiro Harada + MAO (principals-in-charge) Naoto Ishii, Shohei Kuma, Yusuke Kakinoki
  • Consultants:
    • Structural engineering: Jun Sato structural engineers
  • MEP:
    • Buildings General Contractor: Eiger co.,ltd.
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete. partly wood frame
  • Site area:177.27m2
  • Building area: 106.33m2
  • Total floor area: 259.72m2
  • Number of stories: 2 story + 1 basement
  • Project year: 2006

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