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Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Café in Tokyo, Japan by Jo Nagasaka/ Schemata Architects

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Article source: Jo Nagasaka/ Schemata Architects 

It was such a great honor for me to design the renovation of my favorite building that I used to see every day. About nine years ago, we had co-established a shared office HAPPA across the street from the building and relocated our former office there; we employed to observe the neighborhood through the glass and this building was my most favorite among others on the street.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: Jo Nagasaka/ Schemata Architects
  • Project: Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Café
  • Location: 3-23-16 Nakameguro Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • Software used: Vectorworks, SketchUp
  • Project team: Ryosuke Yamamoto, Yui Matsushita
  • Collaboration: SOUP DESIGN(sign), hoshizaki(kitchen), WHITELIGHT.Ltd(sound plan), 1lux(lighting plan), GRANSCAPE Inc.(plant plan)
  • Construction: TANK
  • Structure: Steel
  • Floor area: 3F_70.70m², 2F_150.23m², 1F_126.75m², B1F_49.64m², Total_397.32m²
  • Completon: 10/2016

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UNPLAN Kagurazaka in Tokyo, Japan by AIDA ATELIER, Inc.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Article source: AIDA ATELIER, Inc. 

UNPLAN Kagurazaka is a newly opened hostel in central Tokyo, built to accommodate various guests such as international backpackers and domestic business travellers. The hostel houses 78 bunker styled beds and three fully enclosed rooms along with an open lounge and other supporting functions.

Image Courtesy © Tatsuya Noaki

Image Courtesy © Tatsuya Noaki

  • Architects: AIDA ATELIER, Inc. (Tomoro Aida)
  • Project: UNPLAN Kagurazaka
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Tatsuya Noaki
  • Client: FIKA
  • Construction:
  • Interior: Benefit Line
  • Bunk beds: Aoki Kagu Atelier
  • MEP Engineer: RS Setsubi Kikaku
  • Lighting Design: Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design
  • Textile Design: Yoko Ando Design
  • Sign Graphic: INSENSE
  • Plants: Kojien
  • Site Area: 359.78m2
  • Building Area: 202.65m2
  • Total Floor Area: 570.57m2(F1: 199.50m2 / F2: 199.50m2 / F3: 171.57m2)
  • Terrace Area: 137.50m2 (F1: 11.92m2 / F3: 27.93m2 / Roof: 97.65m2)

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House of fluctuations in Tokyo, Japan by satoru hirota architects

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: satoru hirota architects

This is the single-family house located in Tokyo.

Restrictions on space of land and height is severe , and housing is dense.

Image Courtesy © satoru hirota architects

Image Courtesy © satoru hirota architects

  • Architects: satoru hirota architects (Satoru Hirota + Yasuko Hirota)
  • Project: House of fluctuations
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Structure Architect: Nieda Atelier / Taizen Nieda + Mitsuyoshi Yoshida
  • Contractor: Watanabe Giken Co., Ltd. / Kenji Kodama
  • Site area: 171.68m2
  • Building area: 68.67m2
  • Total floor area: 137.32m2
  • Complete year: 2015

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Hotel ICHINICHI in Tokyo, Japan by AIDA ATELIER

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Article source: AIDA ATELIER 

Hotel ICHINICHI is a small hostel located in a local shopping street of Akabane, Tokyo. It is retrofitting an existing five-story reinforced concrete building with history. This building was originally built as a tiny complex housing a beauty salon and offices, as well as dormitories for its employee. Through time, it has remained vacant for several years.

Image Courtesy © Tatsuya Noaki

Image Courtesy © Tatsuya Noaki

  • Architects: AIDA ATELIER
  • Project: Hotel ICHINICHI
  • Location: Akabane, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Tatsuya Noaki
  • Interior Architect: Tomoro Aida / Aida Atelier
  • Sign Graphic: Hiromi Yoshishiba / The Boundary
  • Construction: San-esu Kensetsu
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete
  • Site Area: 99.0m2
  • Building Area: 78.85m2
  • Total Floor Area: 371.83m2
  • Completion: October 2015

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Tama N in Tokyo, Japan by Sinato Inc.

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Article source: Sinato Inc. 

This project is the renovation of a unit in a twenty-five year old apartment building for a married couple. We inserted a single wooden wall into the unit, which is already partitioned by the existing structural concrete walls. Passing from the entrance through the entire interior space, the wooden wall organizes a series of spaces along its length.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: Sinato Inc.
  • Project: Tama N
  • Location: Tama-shi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • Designer: Chikara Ohno
  • Construction: Yoshinaga Industrial
  • Lighting: FDS
  • Area: 80.73 m2
  • Completion: 01/2012

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Jins Ageo Shop Renovation in Tokyo, Japan by Jo Nagasaka/ Schemata Architects

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Article source: Jo Nagasaka/ Schemata Architects

JINS, one of the biggest eyewear brands in Japan, commissioned Schemata Architects to design the renewal of their Ageo shop on the occasion of its 12th anniversary. The existing shop consists of two L-shaped blocks, respectively an eyewear shop and a cafe, positioned around a square courtyard surrounded by an open corridor serving as a cozy outdoor cafe space. However, the existing building was clad in wooden panels and the courtyard and the cafe were hidden from the street.

We removed the exterior walls and installed Low-E paired glass to initiate the view towards the beautiful courtyard  from the street, while creating an impressive display of their extensive eyewear products highly visible from the street at the same time.

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

  • Architects: Jo Nagasaka/ Schemata Architects
  • Project: Jins Ageo Shop Renovation
  • Location: 957-1 Futatsumiya Ageo Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Kenta Hasegawa
  • Graphic and sign design: KIGI
  • Project team: Ryosuke Yamamoto , Ou Ueno , Takuya Sakamoto
  • Construction: FUYUKI KOGYO / Ideura Kensetu (demolition + landscape + façade) / SPACE(interior)  / O.F.C(furniture)
  • Collaboration: KIGI(sign and graphic design)
  • Floors: 1
  • Floor area: 239.6m2
  • Completion: 08/2016

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HAT house in Tokyo, Japan by APOLLO Architects & Associates

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Article source: APOLLO Architects & Associates

The client is a couple in their 50s and both work full-time. Their plan was to rebuild their parents’ house in the urban area in order to live with their mother. The site is located in a dense residential area where one can find the remnant of good old days of Tokyo. In order to prepare for possible natural disasters in the future, the couple wished to build a house of reinforced concrete box frame construction with high resistance to fire and earthquakes. Since the site is small with a deformed shape, it was required to achieve the maximum capacity while avoiding setback-line limits on each side of the house.

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates (Satoshi Kurosaki)
  • Project: HAT house
  • Location: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Masao Nishikawa
  • Structural Engineer: Nomura Structure (Nomura Motoi)
  • Mechanical Engineer: Naoki Matsumoto
  • Lighting design: SIRIUS LIGHTING OFFICE
  • Structure: Reinforced-concrete & wooden
  • Site Area: 66.95 m2
  • Total Floor Area: 78.68 m2 (40.87 m2/1F, 39.34 m2/2F, 39.34 m2/2F)
  • Design Period: October 2012 – December 2014
  • Construction Period: February 2015 – May 2016

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A Gallery in Tokyo, Japan by Rei Mitsui Architects

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Article source: Rei Mitsui Architects

It’s located in an alley close to “Cat Street” near Shibuya, Harajyuku and Omotesando.

The original exterior design was not so bad as the one of 45 years ago. Presumably it was designed by an competent architect. So, as for the exterior, we intended not to change a lot and to show the original design purely.  Actually, we only removed balconies and replaced  two sliding windows with fixed large windows.

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

  • Architects: Rei Mitsui Architects
  • Project: A Gallery
  • Location: Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Jérémie Souteyrat
  • Software used: Autocad and Rhinoceros
  • Structural Engineer: Tetsuya Emura
  • Building area: 75.4m2
  • Gross floor area: 104.8m2
  • Construction dates: Feb 2016 – April 2016

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House of Komajii in Tokyo, Japan by Kazuyuki Takeda Architects

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Article source: Kazuyuki Takeda Architects

There is the vacant house which has formed local community. “House of Komajii” in Komagome of Tokyo opened as a place where local people stay in October, 2013. Because originally this vacant house was a dormitory, the space was divided finely. Therefore about half of the building was a storeroom. When I received the request of the design, The client expected that I released the space of the storeroom in the area, and made the structure for “House of Komajii” to become independent, and rotate. (It is run now without almost taking the fee for use by the kindness of the owner.) I plan to break a wall and enlarge the space, and more people can gather in the first floor and convert the second floor to share office as source of profits.

Image Courtesy © Toshihiro Sobajima

Image Courtesy © Toshihiro Sobajima

  • Architects: Kazuyuki Takeda Architects
  • Project: House of Komajii
  • Location: Komagome, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Toshihiro Sobajima

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Renovation of “KANBAN-style” in Tokyo, Japan by REI MITSUI ARCHITECTS

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Article source: REI MITSUI ARCHITECTS

Renovation of”KANBAN-style” architecture,remaining at Nihonbashi.

*KANBAN-style; Billboard architecture, built in the early Showa period. Typically the ground floor is served as retail space, with displaying windows at the storefront.

Image Courtesy © REI MITSUI ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © REI MITSUI ARCHITECTS

  • Architects: REI MITSUI ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Renovation of “KANBAN-style”
  • Location: Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Software used: Rhinoceros and Grasshopper

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