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House in Suita, Osaka, Japan by Naoko Horibe

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Article source: Naoko Horibe

The house is characterized by a very wide picture-like window towards borrowed scenery of 50-year-old cherry blossom tree.  There is a street right in front of the north side of the land, and a high retaining wall of the adjacent land on the south side.  Therefore, a room on the south side first floor is unlikely to benefit from the daylight.

Facade in the night (Images Courtesy Kaori Ichikawa)

  • Architect: Naoko Horibe
  • Name of Project: House in Suita
  • Location: Suita-Shi, Osaka, Japan
  • Primary usage: Residence
  • Photographer: Kaori Ichikawa


Residence in Hozumidai (The Number House), Japan by Mitsutomo Matsunami

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Article source: Mitsutomo Matsunami

This is a mass-produced type ready-built house often developed on a large scale, and as such, has the advantage of producing entire housing of rows. In many cases, as the appearance is coordinated at the designation of the owner, rows of houses that do not necessity match esthetically are created.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Mitsutomo Matsunami)

  • Architect: Mitsutomo Matsunami
  • Name of Project: Residence in Hozumidai(The Number House)
  • Location: Hozumidai, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Japan
  • Duration: 2007.05
  • Photographer: Mitsutomo Matsunami
  • Software used: JWCAD


Adzuki House in Himeji-Shi, Japan by Naoko Horibe

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Article source: Naoko Horibe

This is a three-story residence on 83.60 m2 land, with three sides facing the roads. We designed into a planar and compact three-story house allowing car and bicycle parking space. The trees in the courtyard can be viewed from each room, so you can sense the turn of the season indoors.  We placed a large window sash in the corridor to allow viewing the trees from the bathroom, not adjacent to the courtyard, in response to the clientfs request.


  • Architects: Naoko Horibe
  • Project: Adzuki House
  • Location: Himeji-Shi, HYOGO, Japan
  • Design to completion: March 2009-January 2010
  • Primary usage: Residence


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

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Article source: Naoi Architecture

This project was a residential building for a husband-and-wife couple in rural Ibaraki prefecture. The area surrounding the generously-sized plot was not heavily built up, giving the site a calm sense of privacy without too much of the noise, threat of crime and other stresses associated with the city. The adjacent areas consisted of a mix of fields and houses, many of which were located on plots of land whose boundaries were not clearly demarcated from each other. With these conditions in mind, we decided to create a home that would consist of “an open space with ambiguous borders and boundaries.”

Image Courtesy Hiroshi Ueda

  • Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
  • Project: Doughnut House
  • Location: Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
  • Date of Completion: 2010.8
  • Principal Use: Private House
  • Structure: Wooden


Inariyama Special Education School in Nagano Prefecture, Japan by Atsushi Kitagawara Architects

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Article source: Atsushi Kitagawara Architects

Inariyama Special Education School (School for mentally and physically challenged students)

We proposed the concept “school as a town”. The “town”-concept comprises two different meanings: The school itself is a town as well as it connects to the surrounding town. We designed several school buildings that are – just like a real town – surrounded by courtyards, open spaces, and small vegetable fields, in order to stimulate activities of children and the entire community.

Images Courtesy Takumi Ota

  • Architect: Atsushi Kitagawara Architects
  • Project Title: Inariyama Special Education School
  • Location: Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • Use: Special education school (School for mentally and physically challenged students)
  • Year of Completion: 2008
  • Photographer: Takumi Ota, Hiroyuki Kurashima


Moss House in Tokyo, Japan by Nendo Architect

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Article source: Nendo Architect

This project involved renovating an old wooden house on the Shibuya River in Tokyo’s Ebisu neighbourhood into a live-work space. The house had accumulated some strange and wonderful features -an inner courtyard, an oddly long hallway, a tiny room- from a series of earlier renovations, so we decided to build on these earlier features, but also to “acclimate” the space to the new owner’s lifestyle. The hallway became a study, and the small Japanese-style room a studio.

Interior View


Black Slit House in Okayama, Japan by Three Ball Cascade Architecture Design Office

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Article source: Three Ball Cascade

Two-family house is planned in Okayama City. Because of the light-industrial area around the site, in a residential area with big highways and factories, the house was a shape that extends from north to south. Because of the site on the north side of existing dwelling, it is necessary to consider the lighting and copper. So we started to design forms the basis of minute building through the courtyard. That two-family, light, in advance of consideration by taking into account the nature of the room, further developed as a result of minute building form, style and detached office. Appearance has been cut a slit in the magnitude of the room windows.



Hacienda del cielo in Shibuya-ku, Japan by SWeet Co, LTD designed using Vectorworks

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Article source: SWeet Co, LTD

By another technique “Glass mosaic”, we made bar counter by Python pattern. At the main dining hall, we designed cement tile arrange by Mexican textile design which is common carpet in Hacienda. Highlight of the restaurant is terrace lounge that guest can enjoy 270 degree of Tokyo view with resort style sofa seats and standing bar.

Interior View (Images Courtesy SWeet Co, LTD)

  • Architect: SWeet Co, LTD
  • Name of Project: Hacienda del cielo
  • Location: 9F MANSARD DAIKANYAMA, Shibuya-ku, Japan
  • Photography: SWeet Co, LTD
  • Software used: Vectorworks


House in Kodaira, Japan by Suppose Design Office

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Article source: Suppose Design Office

This is a residential project that has a unique garden at the front of the house. The building, located in a residential area in Kodaira-shi, Tokyo, was designed for 4 family members. The site is located in a place where it is directly connected to the public street. Because of the conditions, our theme was to create a house to open to the outside yet it could keep a private space.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Toshiyuki Yano)

  • Architects: Makoto Tanijiri (Suppose Design Office)
  • Project: House in Kodaira
  • Location: Kodaira city,Tokyo ,Japan
  • Principal use: parsonal house
  • Site area: 117.29sqm
  • Building area: 50.87sqm
  • Total floor area: 93.04sqm ( 1F:50.75sqm  2F:42.29sqm )
  • Software used: CAD – Vectorworks, AutoCAD; CG – lightwave, sketchup, Vray; Other : Photoshop, Illustrator


Meguro Office in Tokyo, Japan by nendo

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Article source: nendo

Nendo’s office is located near the Meguro River in Tokyo, on the fifth floor of an old office building. We wanted the usual spaces and functions -meeting space, management, workspace and storage- to be separate, but also to maintain a sense of connection between them.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

  • Architect: nendo
  • Name of Project: Meguro Office
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Daici Ano


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