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533House in Nagano Prefecture, Japan by SUWA Architects + Engineers

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: SUWA Architects + Engineers

Located in the middle of Nagano prefecture, “533House” settled in a cold region. The average temperature is around 27°C in summer and 7°C in winter; sometimes drops to -10°C in minimum.  The most characteristic point of “533House” is its inclined fixed windows along the southern facade. In winter, they allow sunlight to shine on the larger part of the floor.

Terrace connected to the kitchen (Image Courtesy Daisuke Sanada)

  • Architects: SUWA Architects + Engineers
  • Project: 533House
  • Location: Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • Site area: 463.12 m2
  • Building area: 94.40 m2
  • Total floor area: 92.16 m2
  • Structure: wood frame
  • Structural engineer: nawakenjim
  • Construction: maruwa kensetsu

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Urban Hut in Tokyo, Japan by Takehiko nez architects

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: Takehiko nez architects

The young clients, sister and brother, lost parents at their teens, lived in the downtown Tokyo. Modest, rough and tough house to have a strong hold on the changes of the times like weeds is suitable for them.  The house without finish on façade stands in disordered scenery of typical downtown. It was required maximum floor in the compact box on 30 square meters’ site and basic performance as a private house.

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

  • Architect: Takehiko nez architects
  • Name of Project: Urban Hut
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Status: completed July 2011
  • Structure: ASA
  • Contractor: Shinei
  • Image: Takumi Ota
  • Site area: 30.37㎡
  • Total floor area: 44.26㎡

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Toda House in Hiroshima, Japan by Office of Kimihiko Okada

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Article source: Office of Kimihiko Okada

The site is located in a residential area developed on a gentle perch in Hiroshima, overlooking a far view of the Inland Sea and Miyajima. The land of this area is developed into platforms form with several levels. The architecture was requested to have a view over the roof of the neighboring house, standing one level lower, and to consider security, for the site is located at the edge of the residential area, and to leave some space for extension when the client opens a small shop in the future.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Toshiyuki Yano)

  • Architect: Office of Kimihiko Okada
  • Name of Project: Toda House
  • Location: Hiroshima, Japan
  • Principal use: Private residence (extension; shop)
  • Photo: Toshiyuki Yano

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Snow Tree & Snow City in Yokohama, Japan by MoNo (designed using 3dS Max)

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Article source: MoNo

Installation art work

This art was created and opened on Dec 2011 as MoNo’s third work for historical architectural spaces and as the closing work for the year when suffered from unparalleled huge disaster.

The place for this work is in “Kyu-Yagishita-tei” built for a residence of Yagishita Family who flourished in trade of copper-iron from early Meiji era in Yokohama. It was reconstructed historically with the form as before in NegishiNatsukashi Park under the control of Yokohama City.

Snow Tree & Snow City

  • Architect: MoNo / Fumiaki Nagashima & Mami Nagashima Maruoka
  • Name of Project: Snow Tree & Snow City
  • Location: Western style room in Kyu-Yagishita-tei, Negishi-Natsukashi-Park, 11 Shimo-cho Isogo-ku, Yokohama, Japan
  • Organizer: Negishi-Natsukashi-Park-Kyu-Yagishita-tei Management Committee
  • Dates: 01 – 25. DEC. 2011
  • Sofwtare used: 3dsMAX

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H-House in Shiga, Japan by TOFU architects

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Article source: TOFU architects

This building which has grand stairs  is composed of duplex house and a cafe. The site is facing the shopping street leading to the Hikone castle from Hikone station in Shiga. The owner wanted a cafe space on the first floor, so the approach was needed to the third floor. Considering the daily uses, the grand stairs were surrounded gradually around the building.

 

Night View (Images Courtesy Yohei Sasakura)

  • Architect: TOFU architects
  • Project Name: H-House
  • Location: Hikone, Shiga, Japan
  • Project Architect: Fumiya Ogawa+Tomonobu Higashino
  • Photographs: Yohei Sasakura
  • Software used: formZ, Vectorworks, Photoshop.

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Beach House in Shima, Japan by Yamamori Architect & Associates

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Article source: Yamamori Architect & Associates

When I first visited this site, I thought the key issues for this project were how to intertwine, dissolve, cut and take in elements of this natural environment, such as ocean, greenery, sky and wind. This site is located in a secluded bay on a ria coast where fishing and other boats come and from where the ocean can be viewed. The contrast of ocean and greenery is beautiful and a building was required for the client who will visit here sometimes to enjoy this place. There is a small road between the site and the ocean. Even though it is hardly used, I had to consider the lines of sight from outside and inside.

Facade at night (Image Courtesy Kei Sugino)

  • Architects: Yamamori Architect & Associates / Takashi Yamamori
  • Project: Beach House
  • Location: Shima-city Mie prefecture, Japan
  • Principal use : Private house
  • Site area : 287.34 m2
  • Building area : 79.36 m2
  • Total floor area : 121.03 m2
  • Structural system : Reinforced Concrete
  • Number of stories : 2 stories
  • Major materials : exposed concrete , COR-TEN steel plate , Japanese cypress flooring
  • Design period : June,2008 – November,2009
  • Constraction period: March,2010 – December,2010
  • Photo credits : Kei Sugino

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Shining Tree in a sacred place by MoNo (designed using 3dS Max)

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Article source: MoNo

This art work was dedicated to the people who had passed away in several disasters in this year 2011. Especially in Japan, the massive earthquake hit this country land with the huge tsunami so much that considerable damage and profound sorrow came to us. MoNo had the opportunity to join the illumination event “KusatsuMachiakariYumeakariHanaakari – on autumnal Kusatsu road with sensory gratification”, which got over 30 thousands visitors. So MoNo could open our work as one of programs of “Akari Art Exhibition” which were held in some historic shrines and temples.

Image Courtesy MoNo

  • Architects: MoNo
  • Project: Shining Tree in a sacred place
  • Location: Shiga, Japan
  • Software used: 3dsMAX

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PLUS in Shizuoka, Japan by Mount Fuji Architects Studio

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Article source: Masahiro Harada + MAO / MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

The site locates on mountainside of Izu-san, where Pacific Ocean can be looked down on the south. The untouched wilderness, covered with deciduous broad-leaved trees such as cherry trees and Japanese oaks, gives little level ground. But we saw faint glimmer of architectural possibility along the ridge. The architecture would be used as villa for weekends.

Front View (Images Courtesy Ken'ichi Suzuki)

  • Architect: Masahiro Harada + MAO / MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO
  • Title: PLUS
  • Location: Shizuoka, Japan
  • Function: Villa + Petit hotel
  • Site area: 988.58m2
  • Building area: 232.77m2
  • Total floor area: 380.44m2
  • Number of stories: 2 story + 1 basement
  • Structural system: Reinforced Concrete

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Tree house in Tokyo, Japan by Mount Fuji Architects Studio

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Article source: Mount Fuji Architects Studio

This house for a couple is built in a residential area on a gentle hill in the northern Tokyo. The site is located at the top of a hill connected with a narrow path leading to the actual building lot. The ground level is gradually climbing higher from edge of the site. Although the site has particular sense of oppression and dusky feel, and the actual building lot is completely enclosed by the adjacent houses, we realized with the characteristic of the place as the depths of the urban condition without exposing to the outside, and secluded from the town. In this case, it is more suitable to extend the volume vertically rather than horizontally. Similar reason can be found in the nature that a tree enclosed by other tall trees in a deep forest tends to have vertical directivity for its growth.

Images Courtesy Ken'ichi Suzuki

  • Architect: Mount Fuji Architects Studio
  • Name of Project: Tree house
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Function: Private residence
  • Photographer: Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Ken’ichi Suzuki

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Breathing Factory in Osaka, Japan by Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Article source: Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates

On the east of the site, the elevated road joint between Osaka and Kyoto where the JR Tokaido line is crossing from the west. It is to be seen a widely spreading switchyard on the same direction of the elevated road. The vicinity of the site is an eclectic gathering from small to medium size of factories, warehouses, trade facilities and housings forming which is the mixed landscape of architectural typologies.

Image Courtesy Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates

  • Architects: Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates
  • Project: Breathing Factory
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Function: Office, Showroom, Warehouse
  • Structure: Steel Frame
  • Site Area: 1819.42 m2
  • Architectural Area: 658.48 m2
  • Total Floor Area: 2288.37 m2
  • Completed date: September, 2009

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