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Saijo Clinic in Tokyo, Japan by Aida Atelier, Inc.

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Article source:  Aida Atelier, Inc.

Saijo Clinic is a private mental health clinic with short-care/group-care programs on the 11th floor penthouse of a building facing Shinjuku Gyoen Park, 58ha urban park located in central Tokyo. The penthouse was originally built as a part of a gigantic signboard on rooftop. The sign graphic was later abolished by newly introduced landscape regulations, however, the space inside was left over. In designing the interior of the clinic, we sought to incorporate the extraordinary contrast between different urban scales.

Image Courtesy Tatsuya Noaki

  • Architects:  Aida Atelier, Inc.
  • Project: Saijo Clinic
  • Location:Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Program: Mental Clinic
  • Design Team: Tomoro Aida + Shinpei Uehara
  • Sign design: Takeru Ide
  • Construction: Apex, LTD.
  • Furniture: inter.office
  • Design: 12/2010 – 02/2011 (3 months)
  • Construction: 02/2011 – 03/2011 (1 month)
  • Floor: 11F (Penthouse)
  • Floor area: 116.56m2
  • Photography: ©Tatsuya Noaki
  • Software used: AutoCAD, FormZ, Illustrator, Photoshop

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N-House in Tokyo, Japan by Takato Tamagami Architectural Design

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Article source: Takato Tamagami Architectural Design

This is a two-generation family housing situated on high ground in Tokyo metropolitan area. The housing is composed of two interlocked volumes of A-House and B-House.  We intend to provide completely different spatial sequences in both houses.

The site is 15m(width) x 30m(length), long in south-north direction. Church, which is mainly used as facility for wedding parties, is located on the west side. We created a U-shaped volume and a courtyard in the middle, in order to get enough sunlight from all directions. Exterior finish is white cement plaster exposed aggregate finish with coral sand. The white volume sits on the basement, where separate entries to both houses and car parking are located.

Image Courtesy Masaya Yoshimura

  • Architects: Takato Tamagami Architectural Design
  • Project: N-House
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Construction:  SATOHIDE corporation
  • Photographer:  Masaya Yoshimura
  • Scope of work:  new construction
  • Structure:  reinforced concrete structure
  • Principal use:  Residence
  • Total floor area:  586.87m2
  • Construction Period:  2010.10.18~2012. 2.17
  • Software used: Vectorworks to draw 2D and FormZ to draw for 3D

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Asakusa Culture and Tourist Center in Tokyo, Japan by Kengo Kuma & Associates

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

In the corner premise of just 326㎡ across Kaminari-mon Gate, the building was required to accommodate plural programs such as tourist information center, conference room, multi-purpose hall and an exhibition space.

The center extends Asakusa’s lively neighborhood vertically and piles up roofs that wrap different activities underneath, creating a “new section” which had not existed in conventional layered architecture.

Image Courtesy Takeshi Yamagishi

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Project: Asakusa Culture and Tourist Center
  • Location: Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
  • Design team: Kengo Kuma, Teppei Fujiwara, Masafumi Harigai, Okayama Naoki, Kiyoaki Takeda, Masaru Shuku, Erina Kuryu, Hiroaki Saito
  • Structural engineering: Makino Structural design
  • Electrical engineering: Kankyo Engineering inc.
  • Mechanical engineering: Kankyo Engineering inc.
  • Site supervision: Kengo Kuma, Teppei Fujiwara, Masafumi Harigai, Masaru Shuku, Erina Kuryu

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Portico in Tokyo, Japan

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Article source: Aida Atelier, Inc.

This is a house for a family of three in a residential neighborhood of suburban Tokyo. Surrounded by properties subdivided through generations of time, this site maintains its original state. Albeit having plenty of land relative to others, six different adjacent properties with homes built tightly to the boundary leaves the project site with a condition, which limits the project from fully enjoying the advantage of having a deep street frontage with the river. Such meticulous condition of uneven contextual grain at a time of transition from continuing growth and expansion, it shall undoubtedly be emerged in mass in the residential neighborhood. As such, the theme for this project is the approach to architecture and exterior space that receives undulating peripheral density.

Image Courtesy Tatsuya Noaki

  • Architects: Aida Atelier, Inc. + Kuno Lab.
  • Project: Portico
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program: Single Family Residence
  • Design Architect: Tomoro Aida + Toshimitsu Kuno + Shinpei Uehara (Aida Atelier, Inc. + Kuno Lab. / Nagoya City Univ. Graduate School of Design and Architecture)
  • Executive Architect: Tomoro Aida + Toshimitsu Kuno + Shinpei Uehara + Tomoki Nagase
  • Software used: AutoCAD, FormZ, Photoshop and Illustrator

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Harvest Medical Welfare College in Hyogo, Japan in Shogo Iwata Architect

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Article source: Shogo Iwata Architect

This medical welfare college is located in front of Himeji station. This building is considered as not just a medical welfare college but also an information center about medical and welfare for neighborhood. Therefore, the entrance lounge is used not only as student’s communication space but also people’s counseling space and the auditorium is also used as rehabilitation and eurhythmics lecture space.

Evening view of the north facade (Image Courtesy Yoshihisa Araki)

  • Architects: Shogo Iwata Architect
  • Project: Harvest Medical Welfare College
  • Location: Hyogo, Japan
  • Site area: 1494.48㎡
  • Total floor area: 3802.50㎡
  • Building area: 794.82㎡
  • Structure: steel structure / 5 Floors
  • Construction: 2007
  • Software used: Vectorworks for drawing, illustrator and Photoshop for other things

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Tokachi Millennium Forest in Hokkaido, Japan by Dan Pearson Studio

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Article source: Dan Pearson Studio

Hokkaido, the northernmost island of the Japanese archipelago, equivalent in size to Ireland, is nearly two hours’ flight north of Tokyo. Winter is the dominant season there and it arrives early, with autumn colour arriving in early September, the landscape snow covered by the end of October, and no sign of a thaw until late April. At its coldest the temperature plummets to minus twenty-five degrees centigrade.

Tokachi Millennium Forest

  • Architects: Dan Pearson Studio
  • Project: Tokachi Millennium Forest
  • Location: Hokkaido, Japan

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Global style in Tokyo, Japan by Process5 Design

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Article source: Process5 Design

The first Tokyo branch of Global Style, a made-to-order suit shop, has opened in Kanda, the textile quarter of eastern Tokyo. Kanda is home to a number of pharmaceutical and trading companies and it was assumed that the main customer target would be businessmen passing the shop. As it is also within walking distance from Akihabara, it was considered that people who normally don’t have much to do with suits would also pass by.

Global style

  • Architects: Process5 Design
  • Project: Global style
  • Location: Kanda, Tokyo, Japan
  • Construction type: Interior Renewal
  • Function: order made suite shop
  • Total area: 60.819㎡
  • Construction phase: 4 Feb. ~28 Feb. 2011
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Illustrator and photoshop

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Ginza Steak TAJIMA in Tokyo, Japan by Doyle Collection

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Article source: Doyle Collection

Shiny wooden paneled walls surround the interior along with the counter. These panels exude dignity and the texture create tension and high-quality mood. “Ginza Steak TAJIMA” made its grand opening at Ginza, Tokyo, one of the leading cities in Japan. Initially, our client’s needs were to create high quality and dignity interior using genuine materials. After having further hearing, we noticed that our client was always very familiar with stones. Firstly, we proposed the idea of using solid board panels instead of stones to constitute the walls. As for the base, we cut out big horse chestnut solid board panels into 13 mm thickness, commonly used for making counters with one piece. These specially-manufactured panels have different grain pattern expressions.

Image Courtesy Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

  • Architects: Aiji Inoue/ Doyle Collection Co., Ltd.
  • Project: Ginza Steak TAJIMA
  • Location: 6-7-6, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Year: 28,March,2011
  • Collaborators: YO co.ltd.
  • Built area: 103.95sqm
  • Construction: Touhoku Kensetsu co.,ltd.
  • Client: TOHO DEVICE Corporation
  • Photo credits: Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

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Membrene in Stratum in Nagoya, Japan by Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Article source: Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

“Membrane in Stratum” is an installation that wraps around the interior space. The concept of human activity is emphasised by the graduation of translucency through the membrane. The membrane regulates depth and boundaries. We can divide the room in many ways by the penetration, reflectance and absorption of light. We can change the function of the room at our will. A dynamic space is born from the shadows that reflect of the membrane surface and vibrantly decorate the room.

Membrene in Stratum

  • Architects: Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture
  • Project: Membrene in Stratum
  • Location: Nagoya, Japan
  • Completion : January 2012
  • Program : Office, Salon, Bar
  • Built area : 100 m²

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Yotsuya Tenera in Tokyo, Japan by Key Operation Inc.

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Article source: Key Operation Inc.

The project site is in a five-minute walk from Yotsuya Station located in a quiet residential area right behind the Shinjuku Street. This area holds many temples, shrines and also fairly dense housing. Like a spreading network of space, those houses and complexes fill the blank spaces between the streets and alleys.

This housing complex was planned to be built on the site of a crank space with 10m of the frontage and 17m in depth. Due to the regulation for Shinjuku Ward studio apartments, 12 units of the housing complex was planned out including 9 units of less than 30m² of the floor area and 3 units of more than 30 m².

Front Facade-Twilight

  • Architects: Key Operation Inc./Architects
  • Project: Yotsuya Tenera
  • Location: Yotsuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Function: Housing
  • Architect: Akira Koyama + KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS
  • Structural Engineer: Delta Structural Consultants

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