Jun Igarashi Architects uses loophole in Japanese planning to equip Hokkaido house for snowy winters

Jun Igarashi Architects found a work-around in Japanese building code to create this house on Hokkaido’s southwest coast, which features a larger than average roof to protect a pair of patios from snowfall. Winters in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, are renowned for their snowfall. Snow-sports enthusiasts from around the world flock to experience the waist-deep powder that typically blankets

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Tadao Ando surrounds huge buddha statue with lavender-covered mound at Sapporo cemetery

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has concealed a huge stone statue of the buddha within a hill covered in lavender plants at the Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Sapporo. The top of the statue’s head just crests through a circular well at the centre of the verdant mound, which is carpeted in 150,000 of the purple-flowering plants. Visitors must pass through a 40-metre tunnel to get to

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Stripped-back holiday chalet by Florian Busch is set at the foot of Mount Yōtei in Japan

Positioned at the base of a dormant volcano on Japan’s Hokkaido Island, this simple gabled holiday home by Florian Busch Architects is perfectly positioned for skiers. Tokyo-based Florian Busch Architects designed the 180-square-metre dwelling for a wooded spot on the outskirts of Niseko, a popular ski resort near Mount Yōtei. The house forms part of an existing development of

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Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier uses timber framework to create adaptable house in Japan

The wooden framework of this Japanese house by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier will allow the owners to adapt the lower floor into a photography studio or children’s room (+ slideshow). Architect Shinichiro Akasaka designed the 96-square-metre house in Sapporo for a graphic designer friend who wanted to be involved in planning the layout. The house, which comprises three timber-clad blocks, is positioned on the side of Mount More

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