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Alice in Tokyo, Japan by N MAEDA ATELIER

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Article source: Norisada Maeda

The plot for ALICE is an extremely long rectangle, 3.8 m wide and 22 m deep. It is situated in the middle of a bustling shopping district that would seem completely unsatisfactory for a personal home. The client requested a “resort” here. With a pool, lush trees, and a blue sky above. 
In order to conceptualize this “resort”, I decided to use two contradicting methods at the same time, to “sever” the architecture from the commotion of the surroundings, and to boldly “connect” it thereto.

Image Courtesy © N Maeda Atelier

  • Architects: N MAEDA ATELIER
  • Project: Alice
  • Location: Ota Tokyo Japan
  • Design: N MAEDA ATELIER- Norisada Maeda principal-in-charge-Haruyo Takeuchi
  • Design: 1995~1996
  • Construction: 1997
  • Structual system: Reinforced concrete, 3 stories   

Mush room in Tokyo, Japan by N Maeda Atelier

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Article source: Norisada Maeda

The part of “Mash/Room” is lucid in its abstraction of the architecture – two pairs of slightly displaced L-blocks, each pair set perpendicular to the other, and one set protectively guarding the other.
 Transposed to real life, incorporeal digital renderings materialise in the form of substantive concrete L-shaped structures, exponentially magnifying and making tangible the sense of space that initially could only be imagined.

Image Courtesy © N Maeda Atelier

  • Architects: N Maeda Atelier
  • Project: Mush room
  • Location: Setagaya Tokyo
  • Site area: 118.93m2
  • Total floor area: 124.71m2
  • Function: Private residence
  • Structural system: Reinforced concrete & Steel Structure 2F
  • Finish of construction: July 2003

Major materials

  • exterior: raw finished concrete
  • interior : raw finished concrete

Knockout the moonlight in Tokyo, Japan by N Maeda Atelier

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Article source: Norisada Maeda

A metaphor used in philosophy is “Mobius’s ring”. This involves taking a piece of tape which is black on one side and white on the other, and twisting the tape halfway and connecting the ends, to form a loop where the side that was black imperceptibly connects to the white side. The idea is to twist the thought that the front is normally black and the back is white, to create a metaphor for connecting and inverting the inside and outside.

Image Courtesy © Norisada Maeda

  • Architects: N Maeda Atelier
  • Project: Knockout the moonlight
  • Location: Setagaya Tokyo Japan
  • Design: N MAEDA ATELIER-Norisada Maeda
  • Design: 2001
  • Construction: 2001~2002
  • Structual system: Wood
  • Exterior: paint finish on mortar
  • Interior: gypsum plasterboad
  • Maximm heiught: 6.900mm

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Machine head in Tokyo, Japan by N Maeda Atelier

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Article source: Norisada Maeda

Our design procedure is to expand a occasional “Coincidence”. 
”Coincidence” this time is【cliff ground】 and 【the guitar】(client is the guitarist)
The site is the cliff ground with the vertical interval of 3m. 
【Place above】/【place below】 was allotted to 【real volume】/【fictional volume】. 
【Real volume】 is made of galbarium plates with 20.000 stainless steel bolts. On the othere hand, 【Fictional volume】 is surrounded by transparent glass walls.

Image Courtesy © Norisada Maeda

  • Architects: N Maeda Atelier
  • Project: Machine head
  • Location: Machida, Tokyo
  • Site area: 138.72m2
  • Structural system: Steel Structure 2F, Reinforced concrete 1F
  • Finish of construction: April 2008         
  • Exterior: Metal finish
  • Interior: Metal finish
  • Total floor area: 103.38m2
  • Function: Private residence

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E hyphen world gallery BonBon in Tokyo, Japan by LIN inc.

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Article source: LIN inc.

InLaforet, the landmark of Harajuku, a new shop of the E hyphen world gallery has been opened, in which the world view of AMO, the top fashion model of Zipper magazine, is materialized as a shop. Things that are associated with the word bonbon. The shop’s sweet façade reminds us of a sweet shop with chocolate and vanilla scents, and colorful confectioneries.

Image Courtesy © Kozo Takayama 

  • Architects: LIN inc.
  • Project: E hyphen world gallery BonBon
  • Location: LaforetHarajuku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Kozo Takayama
  • Designer: Mayumi Suzuki
  • Area:  80m2
  • Completion year: 2013
  • Main Materials: marble stone floor in black and white color. Maple wood wall. Ribbed plate with acrylic paint. Decoration wall papers. 100% Silk original rug.

Long Tall House in Tokyo, Japan by SPACESPACE

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Article source: SPACESPACE

The site is located in a typical Japanese crowded residential area, just middle between two stations near to Shibuya. The house of a young married couple is on a strip of land subdivided for sale (about 4m*16m). It adjoins two paths at north and south sides, and locates on a very old retaining wall which runs along the north path and forms 3.5m height cliff. The path were too narrow to comply the current regulations, so we needed removing a part of the wall so that it could be widened.

Image Courtesy SpaceSpace 

  • Architects: SPACESPACE
  • Project: Long Tall House
  • Location: Meguro-kuTokyo, Japan
  • Architect: Takanori Kagawa, Junko Kishigami
  • Completion: December, 2006
  • Structure: RC+wood, 2B+3stories
  • Site area: 66.49m2 (about 4m*16m)
  • Gross floor area: 102.69m2
  • Client: private(a young married couple)
  • Structural engineer: Nobutaka Kashimoto

Aesop Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan by TORAFU ARCHITECTS

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Article source: TORAFU ARCHITECTS

For Australian skin care brand Aesop, we planned the interior and exterior of the new store on Meiji Street in Shibuya. The store is located on the first floor of a three-storey building situated between two taller buildings; the space is long and slender – 2.6m in width, 7.8m in depth and 3.9m in maximum height. We aimed to work with these proportions to provide a welcoming and intimate space for communication with customers.

Image Courtesy © Takumi Ota

  • Architects: TORAFU ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Aesop Shibuya
  • Location: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Takumi Ota
  • Principle use: SHOP
  • Production: Ishimaru
  • Facility design: ENDO-Lighting(Lightings)
  • Total floor area: 22.6m2
  • Design period: 2012.12-2013.03
  • Construction period: 2013.01-2013.03

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A House Renovation in Tokyo, Japan by Hiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Article source: Hiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata

This project is the renovation of one room in the apartment that is older than thirty years old at Kasai, Tokyo. We aim to plan that can wrap around a feeling of life miscellaneous. The multi layered furniture is comprised of two elements: the shelf of diagonal grid in the back and the shelf of different widths in the front. Such as books and DVD are displayed on shelf of the diagonal grid in the back.

Image Courtesy Hiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata

  • Architects: Hiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata / htmn
  • Project: A House Renovation
  • Location: Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Client: private
  • Completion: 2012.11
  • Contractor: Tanaka Works
  • Total floor area: 75.60 m2

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The Twist in Tokyo, Japan by MenoMenoPiu Architects & FHF Architectes

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Article source: MenoMenoPiu Architects & FHF Architectes

A district town: Which must be an excellence tool for the public and for all its participants. Its architecture connects gardens, squares, covered pedestrian streets, gathering spaces and induce new urban compartments. Designed as a city fragment, not only as a sport equipment, our stadium is an attractor: innovative and generator of vitality. It is expanding in order to better reach users requirements: proximity, diversity, accessibility. It became a district, naturally sustainable and ecological.

Our stadium concept, unlike other conventional stadiums, is an elliptical spiral which is gradually unrolling and forming the built space with a slope of 2%, serving the 80 000 places (with a visibility angle that grows from 20% in the bottom part to 45% at the top part of the gardens). This disposition aims to offer to the public a perfect visibility from all the gardens. The slope also facilitates the access in the building for people with motor deficiencies.

Image courtesy MenoMenoPiu Architects & FHF Architectes 

  • Architects: MenoMenoPiu Architects & FHF Architectes
  • Project: The Twist
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Project Team:
    MenoMenoPiu Architects: Mario Emanuele Salini, Rocco Valantines, Gilberto Bonelli, Paolo Venturella, Alessandro Balducci, Cristian Gheorghe
    FHF Architects: Francois Filippi, Gabriele Guastella, Alexandra Popescu

KSG 3 Maisonette + 1 House in Tokyo, Japan by Be-Fun design

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Article source: Be-Fun design

The site is located in a quiet residential area of Setagaya, Tokyo Japan. Around there, farmland and green spaces are still dotted with and at the same time housing development has been actively conducted. The surrounding environment is changing to a new streetscape.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Hirai 

  • Architects: Be-Fun design / Tsuyoshi Shindo + EANA
  • Project: KSG 3 Maisonette + 1 House
  • Location: Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Hiroyuki Hirai
  • Construction company : Genkikensetsu
  • Structure: Genkikensetsu
  • Construction period: June 2012 to Dec 2012
  • Lot Surface: 192.05 sq. m
  • Building Surface: 85.70 sq. m
  • Total floor Surface: 155.26 sq. m
  • Structural material: Wood
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