Windowless facade obscures seaside home in Kanagawa by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Windowless concrete walls obscure the view from one side of this home designed by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates in the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa, while glazing and a cantilevering infinity pool make the most of sea vistas from the other. The residence’s street-facing northern facade is composed of three white boxes that have no openings, with only

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Sex shop converted into tiny Japanese art gallery by Persimmon Hills Architects

Persimmon Hills Architects has transformed an illegal sex shop into a a dramatic wedge-shaped micro-studio and gallery space in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture. Measuring just 20 square metres, the space named Cut is designed for an artist in residence as an extension of the annual open-air art festival, Koganecho Bazaar. “Koganecho has art everywhere during an

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Removable walls offer endless configurations for community space by Aki Hamada

This community space in Kanagawa, Japan, has removable exterior walls and reconfigurable interior partitions, meaning it can easily be adapted to suit different activities. Designed by Japanese architect Aki Hamada, the Substrate Factory Ayase is a two-storey extension to a circuit-board factory, located near the Atsugi naval air base. It provides an exhibition and events space for the local community.

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Muji to test prefab house by letting a competition winner live in it for free

Japanese design brand Muji has revealed the prototype for its latest prefab house, which it will test by having a competition winner move in rent-free for two years (+ movie). Located in the seaside city of Kamakura in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, the ready-constructed dwelling is named the Window House after the assortment of frameless openings More

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Hibino Sekkei and Youji no Shiro’s kindergarten features house-shaped reading nooks

Japanese studios Hibino Sekkei and Youji no Shiro have returned to a kindergarten building in Kanagawa Prefecture they designed 42 years ago, updating it to suit modern teaching styles (+ movie). Located on a site in a residential area of Atsugi city, the Atsugi Nozomi (AN) Kindergarten needed updating to comply with current earthquake safety More

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Snark and Ouvi’s house for an illustrator features exposed wooden beams

The upper storey of this house in Kanagawa is supported by timber beams that extend from the outer walls towards an atrium that connects the two levels (+ slideshow). The property was created for illustrator Jun Oson and is located in Kita-Kamakura, a residential neighbourhood in the Kanagawa prefecture to the south of central Tokyo. […]

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Arched openings cut through walls of Takushu Arai’s steel-plated house in Yokohama

Arched doorways and shuttered windows give this Japanese residence by Takushu Arai the appearance of an oversized playhouse (+ slideshow). Arai designed the House in Tama-plaza as a home for himself and his family in a densely populated area of Yokohama – a city located south of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture. The six-metre-wide home is shoehorned into a narrow plot between […]

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Six inverted arches outline the roof of Shonan Christ Church by Takeshi Hosaka

Gaps in the upside-down barrel-vaulted ceiling of this Japanese church by Takeshi Hosaka funnel slices of light into the concrete-lined hall (+ slideshow). Takeshi Hosaka designed the 175-square-metre Shonan Christ Church for a site along the coast of Sagami Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Related story: Chapel of St. Lawrence by Avanto Architects The “restrained” single-storey height […]

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Photography studio by FT Architects features corrugated plastic walls and a faceted roof

Sheets of translucent corrugated plastic reveal the timber framework of this photography studio in Japan by FT Architects, which also features an angular white roof (+ slideshow). FT Architects designed the 33-square-metre studio, named Light Shed, for the back garden of a photographer’s house in Kanagawa, in the southern Kantō region of Japan. Related story: Archery Hall […]

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