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Rainy・Sunny in Tokyo, Japan by Mount Fuji Architects Studio

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Article source: Mount Fuji Architects Studio

The site is there in a residential area in Tokyo, dense with low-rise buildings, located a little bit west to the center of the Kanto plain. 
The climate there is about to change from warm humid climate to rainforest climate in near future.

I’m not making a “house” this time. It should be a lasting “terrain” that induces “habitation”. My goal is to shape the terrain up to a freshly designed “residence” with no preestablished harmony sensed.

Image Courtesy © Ryota Atarashi

Image Courtesy © Ryota Atarashi

  • Architects: Mount Fuji Architects Studio
  • Project: Rainy・Sunny
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Ryota Atarashi
  • Design Team: Masahiro Harada + MAO (principals-in-charge) + Naoto Ishi , Kazuyoshi Nomura
  • Structural engineering: Jun Sato structural engineers
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete
  • Site Area: 108.3m2
  • Building Area: 53.1m2
  • Total Floor Area: 79.5m2
  • Project year: 2008

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M3・KG in Tokyo, Japan by MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

“dialogue” between the old and the new “substance” 
This is a house to be built in Tokyo, for a movie producer couple.
This architecture is consisted by combining L-shaped blocks of reinforced concrete and sequential frames of box-shaped engineer-wood. We put bedrooms, film archive and galley in solid concrete part for security, and living room in engineer-wood part for openness. 
As material that consist an open space that is 6m in height, 5.5m in width, 14m in depth, we choose thin engineer-wood (38mmx287mm).
Main theme for this architecture is to bring out a sense of mass and material, which were denied by modern architecture which pursued “white, flat wall” as a style.
We intentionally left the wood grain of mold on the surface of concrete, and choose textured stones and irons.
It goes without saying that a house is a relaxing place. A house like a white-cube, surrounded by flat, white walls everywhere, gives a person very abstract image.
But that image could only be sensed when we use intellective part of our brain. 
The problem is that we’re not all-intellective-creature. For the people like this client, who do enough intellectual labor on a daily basis, white-cube would only bring sense of fatigue.
The role of architecture, especially the ones for living, is to soothe the sensory side of people, not to stimulate the intellectual side. That’s my take.
Sure, intellectual living would have got some meaning as a fashion at the time when modern architecture was born.
However, now that it became a part of everyday life, its identity has been lost.
We have to examine whether our approach is rational or not every time we build architecture.

Image Courtesy © Ryota Atarashi

Image Courtesy © Ryota Atarashi

  • Architects: MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO
  • Project: M3・KG
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Ryota Atarashi, Satoshi Asakawa
  • Design Team: Masahiro Harada + MAO (principals-in-charge) Naoto Ishii, Shohei Kuma, Yusuke Kakinoki
  • Consultants:
    • Structural engineering: Jun Sato structural engineers
  • MEP:
    • Buildings General Contractor: Eiger co.,ltd.
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete. partly wood frame
  • Site area:177.27m2
  • Building area: 106.33m2
  • Total floor area: 259.72m2
  • Number of stories: 2 story + 1 basement
  • Project year: 2006

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De Beers Ginza Building in Tokyo, Japan by Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Article source: Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects 

Ginza is renowned around the world as a commercial hotspot in Tokyo. Marronnier street in Ginza is an especially bright street lined with great buildings each with their own individuality and architectural design. We felt that the De Beers Ginza Building should express the brightness and the glow of Ginza at the same time. For the design, what we imagined firstly was an image of gently curving streams of light. Like a light ribbon being held above the ground, or the aurora that changes its colour and shape continuously, we thought it should have a bright and graceful form with curved lines that look like a women’s beautiful silhouette. We decided to brighten the stainless steel to appear like a diamond glitter along the silhouette to give it a sensitive look. The building has been constructed with stainless steel being rolled out in a curved shape. Each stainless steel surface has a special finish, so the appearance reflects the light of the sky and the town sensitively and changes its appearance throughout the day with the movement of the sun. At the same time, the architectural expression shows infinite changes depending on the position it is seen from. Ginza has always been on the frontier of design, adopting changes over time to form the town. De Beers Ginza is a part of that tradition and our design is an expression of this ever changing town on the frontier of architectural design.

Image Courtesy © Naoomi Kurozumi

Image Courtesy © Naoomi Kurozumi

  • Architects: Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects
  • Project: De Beers Ginza Building
  • Location: 2-5-11, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Naoomi Kurozumi
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Total floor area: 3,997.3 m2
  • Completion: 2007

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House with 30,000 Books in Tokyo, Japan by Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: Takuro Yamamoto Architects

House with 30,000 Books is a residence for two families, which has a large library between those two dwelling parts. As the name suggests, the number of books the library can store is about 30,000, which almost equals to the number of books that one small public library can store. The library space, sometimes works for bonding two families, sometimes works as a buffer space, is the common property for them and the most spacious place of this house.

Image Courtesy © Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Image Courtesy © Takuro Yamamoto Architects

  • Architects: Takuro Yamamoto Architects (Takuro Yamamoto)
  • Project: House with 30,000 Books
  • Location: Ohta-ward, Tokyo
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Client: a married couple + a child, grandfather
  • Structure Design:  Matoh Structural Design Office
  • Structure: Wood
  • Construction: Koushou Koumuten
  • Floor: Maple Flooring
  • Wall: plasterboard + AEP
  • Ceiling: plasterboard + AEP
  • Exterior Finish: galvanized steel sheet, mortar + ceramic paint
  • Site Area: 193.50m2
  • Building Area: 107.84m2
  • Total Floor Area: 207.43m2
  • Design Period: April 2014 – October 2015
  • Construction Period: November 2015 – August 2016
  • Completion: August 2016

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“Office in Sendagaya” in Tokyo, Japan by 2001

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Article source: 2001

The project is a renovation of two rooms of 50-year-old rein forced concrete apartment building for renting offices.

What is needed to a renting office in this times when anyone easily access to property information and have a comparative review, that is office space is available environment for a diversified work styles and business model.

Image Courtesy © SHIMIZU KEN

Image Courtesy © SHIMIZU KEN

  • Architects: 2001 (Yoshi Kishida)
  • Project: Office in Sendagaya
  • Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: SHIMIZU KEN
  • Construction: ROOVICE
  • Total floor area: 90.90 sqm (#310 : 47.00 sqm + #320 : 43.90 sqm)
  • Project year: 2015

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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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