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Luminous in Tokyo, Japan by Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Jun Sakaguchi as a practice director of PTW Architects won a design competition for this small commercial block in Tokyo in 2006. Crowned with a penthouse rising above the 31m height limit but within the set-back line, it glows like finely cut jewellery. Most surrounding buildings are 31m high, so the penthouse enjoys open views from the timber deck terrace to the Tokyo Station area and further up to the Shinjuku district.

Image Courtesy © Tomohiro Sakashita 

  • Architects: Jun Sakaguchi as practice director of PTW Architects
  • Project: Luminous
  • Location: Kodenma-cho, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Tomohiro Sakashita
  • Type: Commercial
  • Software used: ArchiCad for rendering and AutoCAD for documentation

Kokura Tower in Kyushu, Japan by Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Article source: Jun Sakaguchi Architect

The site is located at a prominent location facing beautiful river and Kokura Castle and Jun Sakaguchi designed a sculptural tower which shape derives from a flower famous in this region. Petal-like shape maximizes views for each apartment and provides natural ventilation. Bottom levels of the tower spreads out to the ground with its organic form.

Image Courtesy © IAO 

  • Architects: Jun Sakaguchi as practice director of PTW Architects
  • Project: Kokura Tower
  • Location: Kyushu, Japan
  • Photography: IAO
  • Completed: 2008
  • Type: Residential
  • Software used: ArchiCad to make 3D model but the documentation was done in AutoCAD

Karuizawa Villa in Nagano, Japan by Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Article source: Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Jun Sakaguchi designed this weekend house in a beautiful setting of leafy resort area. The original idea was to hang the internal space with a structural timber frame like a hammock. Two levels of comfortable space open up to the outside and hovers over the ground maximising the view and emphasising the ‘living in the trees’.

Image Courtesy © bonobo 

  • Architects: Jun Sakaguchi as practice director of PTW Architects
  • Project: Karuizawa Villa
  • Location: Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan
  • Photography: bonobo
  • Completer: 2009
  • Type: Weekend House

Scope in Shizuoka, Japan by mA-style architects

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Article source: mA-style architects

A big pipe sticks out from the valley. It totally focuses like a telescope while looking around the opening scenery. Makinohara plateau that lined with a tea plantation and houses along a gentle slope spreads out here. Here is nice and full of nature. I felt that it is necessary for client who has lived long there to find the way of building which could realize charm of this land again.

Image Courtesy © Kai Nakamura 

  • Architects: mA-style architects
  • Project: Scope
  • Location: Shizuoka, Shimada-City, Japan
  • Photography: Kai Nakamura
  • Program: family house 
  • Site Area: 337.15 m2
  • Building Area: 72.95 m2
  • Gross Floor Area: 94.06 m2
  • Year: Completion: August 2012
  • Principal Designers: Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto

L House in Hirafu in Niseko, Japan by Florian Busch Architects

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Article source: Florian Busch Architects

The L House in Hirafu is a private holiday residence in Niseko, Hokkaido. Following the escarpment that defined the topography in prehistoric times, the site is a steep slope with un-compromised views of Mount Yotei. Despite being located not far from the House on the Slopes, the ground conditions here vary so drastically that excavating the mountain would lead to massive reinforced retaining walls and hence a prohibitive increase in cost. In response to such constraints and in order to exploit the site’s view, we proposed a house in the trees.

Image Courtesy © Florian Busch Architects

  • Architects: Florian Busch Architects
  • Project: L House in Hirafu
  • Location: Niseko, Japan
  • Project Team: FBA: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Tomoyuki Sudo, Holger Pausch (intern)
  • Structural Engineering: Ove Arup Japan
  • Contractor: Sudo Corporation
  • Client: Hokkaido Tracks Development
  • Gross Floor Area: 154 m² + 44 m² terrace
  • Status: Completed
  • Type: Residential
  • Date: 2009-12

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House F in Osaka, Japan by Kenji Architectural Studio

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Article source: Kenji Architectural Studio

The house is designed for a couple, and is a wooden three stories house that is built at urban narrow site. Around the site is the mixed-use area where small houses, small factories, and small office buildings coexist together without any harmony.

The client requested a garden in the south side of the site, and decided to make a building three stories to secure required rooms.

Image Courtesy Takumi Ota

  • Architects: Kenji Architectural Studio
  • Project: House F
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Design Period: November. 2008 – August. 2009
  • Construction Period: October. 2009 – February. 2010
  • Structural Engineer: Masakazu Taguchi, Taguchi Atelier Planning Structure
  • Structure system: timber construction
  • Total Floor Area: 116.73 sqm.
  • Building Area: 53.25 sqm.
  • Plot area: 102.58 sqm.
  • Building scale: 3 storeys
  • Photography by: Takumi Ota

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Takeo Kikuchi Store in Shibuya, Tokyo by Jo Nagasaka/Schemata Architects

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: Jo Nagasaka/Schemata Architects

When we were commissioned to design this store, it was a year after the Great Tohoku Earthquake. From experiencing such great disaster we realized the importance of communication in communities, and began to question the present situation of retail stores that are typically glass-clad buildings with no operable windows, where no interaction between street and store would happen.

Image Courtesy © Nacása&Partners Inc

  • Architects: Jo Nagasaka/Schemata Architects
  • Project: Takeo Kikuchi Store in Shibuya
  • Location: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Nacása&Partners Inc
  • Usage:Shop and Office
  • Building Design:Jo Nagasaka/Schemata Architects, Takenaka Corporation
  • Construction:Takenaka Corporation(building), NOMURA Co.,Ltd.(interior)
  • Design: So Hashizume(sign), SOLSO(planting)
  • Site Area: 248.22 m²
  • Building Area: 198.96 m²
  • Total floor area : 397.92 m²(1F+2F)
  • Floors:1F 2F
  • Structure:steel
  • Completion:11/2012

Office in Forest in Mie prefecture in Japan by SUGAWARADAISUKE

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: SUGAWARADAISUKE

This the head office project at Matsuzaka, Mie prefecture in Japan. The project‘s target is not on the value of the object view in respect to sculptural appearance of the building , but rather on the value of the environmental view with body experience.

Image Courtesy Takeshi Nakasa / Nacása & Partners Inc.

  • Architects: SUGAWARADAISUKE
  • Project: Office in Forest / Aquaplannet headquarters building
  • Location: Matsuzaka City, Mie Pref., Japan
  • Concept Design: SUGAWARADAISUKE
  • Schematic Design: SUGAWARADAISUKE
  • Design Development: SUGAWARADAISUKE + KITAMURAGUMI Corporation
  • Construction: KITAMURAGUMI Corporation
  • Principal use: office
  • Structure: Steel flame
  • Site area: 1193.30 sqm
  • Building area: 356.44sqm
  • Floor area: 348.01 sqm
  • Height: 3,900 mm
  • Number of stories: +1
  • Design Period: Aug. 2010 – May 2011
  • Construction Period: June 2011 – Dec. 2011
  • Photographer: Takeshi Nakasa / Nacása & Partners Inc.

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Temporary Housing of Rikuzentakata, Japan by SUGAWARADAISUKE + Architect Lounge

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: SUGAWARADAISUKE  + Architect Lounge

Village-like contemporary housing unit complex merges into the surrounding natural landscape. As a result of collaborative works by local carpenters and architects, this housing complex shows how humanitarian aid could possibly work.

Image Courtesy SUGAWARADAISUKE + Architect Lounge

  • Architects: SUGAWARADAISUKE + Architect Lounge
  • Project: Temporary Housing of Rikuzentakata
  • Location: Otomo-cho Usozawa, Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Pref., Japan
  • Housing Unit: Sumita Housing Industry Corporation
  • Housing Unit Architect: Kazuhito Nakano
  • Infrastructure And Master Plan: SUGAWARADAISUKE + ARCHITECT LOUNGE
  • Architect: Daisuke Sugawara (SUGAWARADAISUKE), Masayuki Harada (ARCHITECT LOUNGE)
  • Construction: Sumita Housing Industry Corporation
  • Structure: Wooden frame and bearing wall
  • Area: 29.81 sqm
  • Height: 3,765 mm
  • Construction unit: 60 units
  • Site area: 18571.76 sqm
  • Construction area: 1788.60 sqm
  • Design: March 2011 – May 2011
  • Construction: May 2011 – July 2011
  • Photographer: Takumi Ota

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Sliding Door House in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan by Naoi Architecture & Design Office

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Article source: Naoi Architecture & Design Office

This house was built for a husband-and-wife couple and their two children. Overlooking a field of sweet potatoes, the quiet and tranquil site lies adjacent to a house occupied by the client’s parents. The space that lies between these two houses is used by local residents as a path, and retains a sense of easygoing, neighborly charm. In order to preserve a rich sense of these connections between nature and people, we decided to install a large sliding door in the front of the house.

Image Courtesy © Hiroshi Ueda

  • Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
  • Project: Sliding Door House
  • Location: Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Hiroshi Ueda
  • Date of Completion: 2012.5
  • Principal Use: Private House
  • Structure: Wooden + Steel
  • Building area: 592.41m2
  • Total Floor Area: 121.32m2
  • Design Period: 2011.3 – 2011.11
  • Construction Period: 2011.11- 2012.5
  • Structural Engineer: Nawaken-gym
  • Interior Design: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
  • Landscape Design: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
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