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Cell Bricks in Tokyo, Japan by Atelier Tekuto

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Article source: Atelier Tekuto

For this particular project, I wanted to accomplish two things. The first was to combine opposing architectonics; the masonry structure which is the origin of the building technique and the skin structure which I have been trying on my projects. And the second was to innovate something that equips structure, function and heat environment altogether.A steel box is designed with the Japanese original module and it sizes 450mm×900mm. The Boxes are piled up with openings that become windows. Considering the heating environment inside, the depth of a steel box was decided as 300mm that serves as brise-soleil. The given depth blocks out the summer sun light and pulls in the winter sun into the house. In addition, a heat resistance material, a special ceramic-infused coating which we have applied for the past Penguin House project, is put on the steel plate. This also helps to solve the heating problem.

Image Courtesy Makoto Yoshida

  • Architects: Atelier Tekuto
  • Project: Cell Bricks
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Design: Yasuhiro Yamashita/Atelier Tekuto
  • Structural Engineering : Jun Satoh/Jun Satoh Structure Engineers
  • Constructor: Shigeki Matsuoka/Homebuilder Co.,Ltd.
  • Steel Constructor: Shigeo Kikushima/Kikushima JV Co.,Ltd.
  • Structure: RC for the basement+Steel for 1~2nd Stories

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House H in Tokyo, Japan by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: Sou Fujimoto ArchitectsHouse

A dwelling for a family of three located in a residential district in Tokyo.

To live in a multi-storey dwelling in a dense metropolis like Tokyo is somehow similar to living in a large tree. Within a large tree, there exists few large branches, of which endows numerous qualities; -pleasant places to sit, sleep, and present places for discourse. While these branches are individual places under protection, they are simultaneously equipped with mutual relationships that allow one to sense the presence of one another across each branch.  A network of relationships interwoven across many places throughout the branches. A proposal for a landscape where the duality of opposites; individuality and holistic co-exist through relationship.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

  • Architect: Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Project title: House H
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Design year: from 2006 to 2008
  • Construction year: from 2008 to 2009
  • Principal in charge: Sou Fujimoto
  • Photography: Iwan Baan
  • Software used: Vectorworks for the drawings

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ReNOA Motosumiyoshi in Kanagawa, Japan by KEY OPERATION INC./ARCHITECTS

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: KEY OPERATION INC./ARCHITECTS

Comprehensive Building Renovation

In Japan, the lifetime of buildings is very short; they often get scrapped and rebuilt after 30 to 40 years. Recently, however, there are movements to enlarge the market for not only newly built, but also quality pre-owned condominiums, and to extend the lifetime of such residential buildings. Previously owned condominium residences have the following advantages: 1) Prices are less expensive, 2) Prices depreciate less than new construction, and 3) Conditions of the management, maintenance and residents are already known. As for asset value, prices tend not to drop for properties located in proximity to a city center with conveniences and in a good neighborhood environment. In addition, unlike units ready for sale, renovation allows a layout and interior finish to match personal tastes.

Night view

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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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