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House Komoro in Japan by KASA ARCHITECTS

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Article source: KASA ARCHITECTS

This is a one-storey residential house for a family of four―a couple and two children―and is built in Komoro City, Nagano Prefecture. With views of Mount Asama to the north and the Yatsugatake Mountains far south, I planned a simple one-storey house with a shed roof and an open space in the south side. This property of about 450 ㎡ is in the shape of a flagpole, where the pole part accounts for 80 ㎡. I decided to start with the plan for the environment―the placement and arrangement of the building and the design of the environment for the remaining 370 ㎡. I thought about how to achieve a design for people’s lives to flourish as they interact with the site, carefully identifying each factor individually, such as the flow of movement to the grandparents’ house located next door, handling the cold down wind from Mount Asama, preserving the view on the south side of the Yatsugatake Mountains in the distance, the connection to the outside of the property, the flow of air, etc. Then, by creating a configuration akin to a courtyard by arranging the building in an L-shape and arranging trees on the other side that had a slope to create a lush environment as well as a flow of movement to the grandparents’ house, I aimed to create an environment connected to real nature where families could connect.

Image Courtesy © ikunori yamamoto

  • Architects: KASA ARCHITECTS (shin kasakake)
  • Project: House Komoro
  • Location: Komoro, Nagano, Japan
  • Photography: Ikunori Yamamoto  
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 111.43 sqm

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Shichu no Sankyo in Tokyo, Japan by Fumihiko Sano Studio

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Article source: Fumihiko Sano Studio 

LIFE SPACE UX is a SONY’s new brand born with a concept to fit in daily life. I designed a space to showcase its series of products.

I picked the idea of “Shichu no sankyo” in Japanese tea ceremony terms as a theme of this project, this is the idea of a country cottage built in the middle of a modern metropolis and also suggests another dimension therefore I built a modern Japanese space in the center of Ginza, Tokyo.

Image Courtesy © Koichiro Kutsuna

  • Architects: Fumihiko Sano Studio (studio PHENOMENON)
  • Project: Shichu no Sankyo
  • Location: 5-5-3-1 Ginza,Chuo-ku,Tokyo,104-0061,Japan
  • Photography: Koichiro Kutsuna
  • Client: SONY
  • Construction: GARA / Michikusa
  • Produce: The Tea Room
  • Site area: 90.52 m²
  • Completion: 10/2016

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Délirium Café in Tokyo, Japan by Doyle Collection

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Article source: Doyle Collection

Délirium Café opened at Ginza Tokyo, off the main street where many attractive small restaurants stand side by side along the off-street. It has a narrow entrance with the width of 3 meters. Whereas it is a unique shaped café with the depth of 30 meters long. To make an effective use of this shape, we divided the area into three sections. Every section has their original characteristics.

Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu And Nacasa&Partners

  • Architects: Doyle Collection
  • Project: Délirium Café
  • Location: 5-9-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Satoru Umetsu And Nacasa&Partners
  • Client: Ever Brew Co,.Ltd.
  • Designer: Aiji Inoue, Masaru Kobayashi
  • Area: 146.7 sqm
  • Open: 1st, May, 2015

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Today’s Special Kyoto in Japan by Jo Nagasaka/Schemata Architects

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Article source: Nagasaka/Schemata Architects 

TODAY’S SPECIAL opened their third shop as a “shop-in-shop” at BAL in Kyoto. Our design is based on the original spatial concept of TODAY’S SPECIAL, which are “light”, “standard” and “DIY”.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: Nagasaka/Schemata Architects
  • Project: Today’s Special Kyoto
  • Location: KyotoBAL 4F 251 Yamazaki-cho  Kawaramachi-Sanjo Sagaru Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-City Kyoto Japan
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • Project team: Masami Nakata
  • Usage: Gift Shop
  • Construction: DECOR Co.,Ltd. (interior),  New Constructor’s Network Co., Ltd. (wood angle)
  • Site area: 284.02㎡
  • Completion: 08/2015

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Roof and Rectangular House in Tomakomai, Japan by Jun Igarashi Architects

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Article source: Jun Igarashi Architects

I keep on design activities in Hokkaido, so most of my projects ran there. By designing in a remarkably cold, I continued thinking on response to completely different contexts from other areas. They are mainly “cold” and “snow”. Of course there are other various things to deal with, but these contexts have the great impact. In this state, I felt the possibility of “a windbreak room” and thought about the expansion and diversity.

Image Courtesy © Ikuya Sasaki

  • Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects 
  • Project: Roof and Rectangular House
  • Location: Tomakomai, Japan
  • Photography: Ikuya Sasaki
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Illustrator

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Sequence House in Japan by Y.Architectural Design

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Article source: Y.Architectural Design

My client whose hobby is D.I.Y wanted to actively engage in the house-building.
Her desire was to build storage furniture while living in the house, and the architecture as a vessel is to provide the most comfort and the feel of material quality.

Image Courtesy © Makoto Kunisada

  • Architects: Y.Architectural Design
  • Project: Sequence House
  • Location: Japan
  • Photography: Makoto Kunisada
  • Construction company : Kadoyagumi co.Ltd
  • Built Area (m2 or sqft): 400㎡
  • Completion Year: 2017

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Milky Mirage in Okinawa, Japan by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Article source: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects 

The following interior design was realized for a store selling dairy products owned by a company which runs its own dairy farm. Since the distinctive characteristic of their products is the fact that fresh milk produced at the dairy farm is used in each and all of their products, we were tasked with providing a space to attractively display said products by evoking the imagery associated with fresh milk and the farm throughout the entire space.

full view, Image Courtesy © Atsushi Ishida

  • Architects: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
  • Project: Milky Mirage
  • Location: Okinawa, Japan
  • Photography: Atsushi Ishida
  • Client: Dream Dairy Farm
  • Design Team: Moriyuki Ochiai, Wakana Sujishi, Marina Masuda
  • Use: Retail store / Cafe
  • Special Paint: Osamu Yamaguchi
  • Constructor: Yamatempo
  • Area : 45sqm
  • Completion: April 2017

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Riverside Villa in Kyoto, Japan by Atelier Boronski

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Article source: Atelier Boronski

On a typically small site wedged between the road and the river this house in Kyoto is a kind of European canal-house in Japan. It is close to the city center but in a quiet street near cafes and restaurants, bakeries and a chocolatier. The museum district (with temples and shrines) is a short walk, and there are many cherry trees lining nearby streets.

Image Courtesy © atelier-boronski

  • Architects: Atelier Boronski
  • Project: Riverside Villa
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Software used: SketchUp, Autocad
  • Engineer: Jun Yanagimuro Structural Engineering
  • Main Contractor: Takahashi Komuten
  • Landscaping: Teiyu (Tomoatsu Sano)
  • Main Materials: Steel frame, concrete floors, lightweight hollow-core cement panel siding, galvanized steel-work.  Fire-proof timber siding, double glazing.  Double-layer plaster-board, paint finish.
  • Total Built Area: 230m2 (incl. Roof Garden)
  • Construction period: Eight months

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Weekend house in Hiroshima, Japan by Araki+Sasaki architects

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Article source: Araki+Sasaki architects

Kumano-cho is the traditional brush production region in Hiroshima, Japan. “Weekend house in Kumano-cho” is the privacy-conscious weekend house for the old family. Therefore, it does not have large southern windows near the neighboring house, while Japanese houses are usually open to the south side.

Image Courtesy © Shinkenchiku-sha

  • Architects: Araki+Sasaki architects
  • Project: Weekend house
  • Location: Hiroshima, Japan
  • Photography: Shinkenchiku-sha
  • Structure: Akira Suzuki / ASA
  • Site area: 1215.26 m2
  • Building area: 99.65 m2
  • Total floor area: 87.78 m2
  • Project year: 2017

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House for 4 Generations in Tokyo, Japan by tomomi kito architect & associates

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Article source: tomomi kito architect & associates 

This is an interior renovation project of an existing two-story timber structure house in Tokyo built approximately 40 years ago.

The client is a young couple, and the wife’s parents were living there before the renovation. The client decided to live with their parents in this house. Soon after, the wife’s grandmother who lives alone in the countryside – far from Tokyo – also decided to live together in this house. As such, the client requested to renovate the house suitable for accommodating 4 generations – the grandmother (1st generation), parents (2nd generation), the client (3rd generation), the client’s son (4th generation).

Image Courtesy © satoshi shigeta

  • Architects: tomomi kito architect & associates (Tomomi Kito)
  • Project: House for 4 Generations
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: satoshi shigeta
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Autocad
  • Structural designer: Building Structure Institute
  • Technical advisor: Yutaka Misawa
  • Lighting advisor: Kanae Hagiwara
  • Completion: April 2017

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