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A House Awaiting Death in Ise, Japan by Eastern Design Office

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Article source: Eastern Design Office

“A house awaiting death,” the client said to us. “I will die in 15 years.  It will be a house awaiting that death.  The building is fine as long as it lasts 15 years.  Something small would be good.”  “I have found the place.” A patch of land on a peninsula facing East.  “I’m glad the land faces East.  I hate the sunset.”

“When I die it won’t be sunset, it will be sunrise.  When the final moment comes, I will face the sea and depart on a ship flashing towards death.  It’ll be a time revealed after death.”

A House awaiting death


XXXX House in Yaizu, Japan by Mount Fuji Architects Studio

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Article source: Mount Fuji Architects Studio

Automobile is our rival to beat.

Came one day a client who offered us a business. He wished to have an atelier which can be used also as a gallery to present his work of ceramic art, which he made for pleasure.

With mere 1.5 million yen(=11,000 euro)which he saved to originally purchase a business-purpose Toyota Collora sedan to spare as total budget, we started our project.

Image Courtesy Mount Fuji Architects Studio

  • Architects: Mount Fuji Architects Studio
  • Project: XXXX House
  • Location: Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture Japan
  • Function: atelier
  • Site area: 502.86m2
  • Building area: 22.3m2
  • Total floor area: 16.7m2
  • Number of stories: 1
  • Building height: 2.72m
  • Structural system: wood panel
  • Major materials: structural plywood, exterior= interior
  • Photographer: Mount Fuji Architects Studio


Hanasaki House in Yokohama, Japan by MoNo Architect

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: MoNo Architect

This is the urban residence for a single occupancy is situated in Yokohama City which is about one hour from Tokyo Japan by train. The building site is a corner plot abutting east and south on the roads which is situated in a densely built-up area with buildings facing each other across the 4-meter wide road. Each of the buildings surrounding the site has no appropriate open space in its site with an inner building space only separated from outside by the use of a single wall.

The elevation looked from the intersection of site side 2 roads

  • Architects: MoNo Architect
  • Project: Hanasaki House
  • Location: Yokohama, Japan
  • Project Architect: Fumiaki Nagashima + Mami Maruoka Nagashima
  • Photography: Koshimizu Susumu
  • Software used: Vectorworks


House in Aoto, Japan by Masayoshi Takahashi

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: Masayoshi Takahashi/High Land Design

A spiral staircase has been built into the home, enabling the individual to move through out each space with ease. This house is located in a heavily trafficked road on the north side.

We thought that is important to be connected the scene of life continuously while moved up and down about this project.  We placed each space like spiral around the stairs. So that It is possible to move around each space without feeling the difficulty moving up and down.

Images Courtesy Toshiyuki Yano

  • Architects: Masayoshi Takahashi – High Land Design
  • Name of Project: House In Aoto
  • Location: Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan
  • Structural engineers: A.S.Associates
  • Use: Residential
  • All Photo(c): Toshiyuki Yano


House in Izumiku : Perched Box in Kanagawa, Japan by NOA Architect & Associates

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Article source: NOA Architect & Associates

The site is located on elevated ground in Izumi Ward, Yokohama City, with a panoramic view toward the southwest of the mountain range as well as Mount Fuji. The main exterior concept of this house is simplicity and abstraction of daily life. The husband, an outdoor enthusiast, requested a garage space for both a car and a bicycle. When entering the house, visitors are greeted by a large Profilit glass wall. An indoor courtyard was built in such a way as to be enclosed by the glass wall, offering the viewer an unexpected surprise from its exterior conditions.

House in Izumiku

  • Architects: STUDIO . NOA Architect & Associates
  • Project: House in Izumiku: Perched Box
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • Type: Residential single family house
  • Building status: built in 2008
  • Site size: 100m2
  • Site type: Urban
  • Building area: 58m2
  • Main structure: Conventional timber frame


SHELL in Nagano, Japan by ARTechnic architects (designed using ArchiCAD)

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Article source: ARTechnic architects

A large shell shaped structure finds itself in the middle of the woods.  It is hard to determine what exactly the structure is, and unlike the surrounding caves and rocks, it clearly is not a part of nature – nor is it a ruin.  A frame, a shape, made at a completely different place for a completely different purpose.  Within this shell shaped structure will one find floors constructed, wall separating spaces, and rooms furnished. The scenery conjures a SF film-like image, in which locals inhabit over an abandoned spacecraft.  With time, trees start to grow encircling the spacecraft, harmonizing it into the landscape.


  • Architect: Kotaro Ide / ARTechnic architects
  • Name of Project: SHELL
  • Location: Karuizawa, Kitasaku, Nagano, Japan
  • Assistants: Moriyuki Fujihara, Ruri Mitsuyasu, Takashi Mototani (former member) and Kenyu Fujii
  • Collaborator: Manami Ide (designer of customized metal work)
  • Client: Mr.Kunimoto
  • Software used: ArchiCAD 15


Shima Kitchen in Teshima, Japan by Atelier Ryo Abe Architects

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Article source: Atelier Ryo Abe Works

Shima Kitchen was a renovation project to create a venue for arts, and dinning from an old vacant house in a village on Teshima. Teshima is a rural island in the Seto Inland Sea of Western Japan, just next to the famous art tourism island of Naoshima.

Image Courtesy Daici Ano

  • Architects: Atelier Ryo Abe Architects
  • Project: Shima Kitchen
  • Location: Kagawa prefecture, Japan
  • Program: restaurant, theater, gallery
  • Principal designer: Ryo Abe
  • Site area: 1,100 m2
  • Built-up area: 429 m2
  • Year of completion: 2010
  • Text credits: Ryo Abe
  • Photo credits: Daici Ano


Small House in Tokyo, Japan by Unemori Architects

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Article source: Unemori Architects

The small house which the married couple and their child live stands at the densely populated area in Tokyo. Though the neighboring houses is very close, I aimed to design the house which exceed the physical narrowness living at the city.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Ken Sasajima)

  • Architect: Unemori Architects
  • Name of Project: Small House
  • Location: Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Principal use: Private residence
  • Family type: Couple+child
  • Photographer: Ken Sasajima


House-hT in Osaka, Japan by Daijirou Takakusa Architect & Associates

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Article source: Daijirou Takakusa Architect & Associates

“House-hT” is a two-story house of steel construction , and the site of this house is in the new residential area of the Osaka southern part. The owner of this house is a young single man who is managing the food company , and is enjoying many hobbies which is racing kart , snowboarding , automobile maintenance , bicycle trip , etc .

Distant view


NDA ” PLANTER” in Yokohama, Japan by no.555

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Article source: no.555

The planning areas is a green hill with good views. There is next to the “Italian mountain garden”. However, there is a large housing complex on the south side. So, we want to block out the sight , but to get the open feeling. The “needs and conditions” is contradictory. Therefore, we decided to be a big void enclosing vertically or horizontally. It shut out the external eye, light and wind can achieve. The Void is provided on each floor. And there is provided a lot of planting, will be filled with greenery. This building looks like a planter. The concrete exterior walls generate the lye by plywood. It has deliberately transferred.


  • Architect: no.555 – Takuya Tsuchida
  • Name of Project: NDA ” PLANTER”
  • Location: Yokohama , Japan
  • Structural design: Frame works _ Megumi Akimoto
  • Purpose: Single family house
  • Design period: 2010.08 – 2010.03
  • Construction period: 2011.05 – 2011.12
  • Site area: 494.14 ㎡
  • Floor Area: 188.00 ㎡


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