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INCS Zero Factory in Nagano, Japan by Kohn Pedersen Fox

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Article source: Kohn Pedersen Fox

Nestled in the Japanese Alps, the INCS “Zero” Factory emerges from the earth and opens to the sky, creating a fusion of landscape and architecture. With a desire to express the marriage of art and technology, the new “Zero” Factory serves as a demonstration facility for the rapid prototyping technologies employed by INCS.  Like its Swiss counterpart, Nagano’s mountainous locale is home to high-tech industries—its rugged seclusion affording the focused intensity of thought and experimentation required for precision research and development.

Kohn Pedersen Fox

Image Courtesy © Kohn Pedersen Fox

  • Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox
  • Project: INCS Zero Factory
  • Location: Nagano, Japan
  • Client : INCS
  • Facility : Showroom and factory with offices
  • Size : 86,000 SF / 8,000 SM
  • Awards : Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design International Architecture Award (2007)


Karuizawa Villa in Nagano, Japan by Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Article source: Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Jun Sakaguchi designed this weekend house in a beautiful setting of leafy resort area. The original idea was to hang the internal space with a structural timber frame like a hammock. Two levels of comfortable space open up to the outside and hovers over the ground maximising the view and emphasising the ‘living in the trees’.

Image Courtesy © bonobo 

  • Architects: Jun Sakaguchi as practice director of PTW Architects
  • Project: Karuizawa Villa
  • Location: Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan
  • Photography: bonobo
  • Completer: 2009
  • Type: Weekend House

House in Asamayama, Japan by Kidosaki Architects Studio

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Article source: Kidosaki Architects Studio

The owner spent quite a few years for found this site, therefore my main concern was to link the beautiful vast sea of trees spread out to Mt. Asama (Asamayama in Japanese) with internal space.

First of all, we can enjoy a sea of trees from the approach deck to the entrance. When open the large door to the living room, Mt. Asama and the foot of it spread in picture window frame formed by the deep and low-height eaves.

Image Courtesy Junji Kojima

  • Architects: Kidosaki Architects Studio
  • Project: House in Asamayama
  • Location: Nagano, Japan
  • Photography: 45g Photography- Junji Kojima
  • Architects: Kidosaki Architects Studio- Hirotaka Kidosaki,
  • Principal-in-charge; Coco Ashihara
  • Structural Engineer: Takashi Manda Structure Design- Takashi Manda, Mitsuru Kobayashi
  • General contractor: Niitsugumi
  • Structural System: Reinforced concrete, steel-frame partly
  • Site area: 1301.31m2,
  • Built area: 225.51m2,
  • Total floor area: 145.27m2
  • Construction: August 2010 to August 2011
  • Software used: VectorWorks and Adobe Illustrator


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


MYZ “NEST” in Nagano, Japan by Takuya Tsuchida

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Article source: Takuya Tsuchida

I aimed to assimilate, because the quiet surroundings .  The building filled with soil, and low proportions.  Levels in each room is a little lower, the animals like to enter in “nest”.  Also the concrete wall is like a bird nest of woven grass.  I aimed ” the quiet architecture ” idyllic landscape.

Image Courtesy Koichi Torimura

  • Architects: TakuyaTsuchida
  • Project: MYZ “NEST”
  • Location: Nagano, Japan
  • Structural design:frame works _ Megumi Akimoto
  • Photographer:Koichi Torimura
  • Design period:2009.05 – 2011.03
  • Construction period :2011.05 – 2011.09
  • Site area:335.96 ㎡
  • Floor Area:97.39


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