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Tokio ist gleichzeitig modern und traditionell – sahen wir bei der Taxifahrt in die Stadt nur die neuesten Gebäude aneinander gereiht, fanden wir uns in Asakusa in einem alten Viertel wieder, bei dem uns die vielen Stromkabel mehr an Bangkok als an Tokio erinnerten. Beim ersten Spaziergang durch unsere Gegend, schlenderte ich einfach ohne Plan… Continue reading →
From the moment you step off the plane in Tokyo, you can feel that bustling wave of energy as it swirls around you, enveloping you in its intoxicating breath. Technology meets tradition, business men scramble subways, tourists pin balling through peak hour with their cameras while geishas pose for pictures as the throng continues on…
This family house in Japan’s Shiga prefecture was designed by local studio Hearth Architects around an indoor garden, which is planted with a tree that extends towards a skylight. Kyomachi House is located in Koga, a city in the southern part of the Shiga Prefecture. The residence is set within the former boundary of the town of Minakuchi,
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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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Masato Sekiya’s firm Planet Creations has completed a concrete weekend house, which cantilevers six metres over a rocky ledge in Japan’s Omine mountain range. Located in Tenkawa village, 600 metres above sea level, the site is surrounded by the Omine mountain range. The house, which was designed as a holiday villa for a doctor and his wife, protrude out from the
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Klein Dytham Architecture has completed a visitor centre and ice rink in Japan’s Karuizawa region, featuring a curving, shingle-clad frontage that follows the edge of a landscaped skating pond. The Tokyo-based architecture studio collaborated with landscape design firm Studio on Site to develop the proposal for a year-round visitor attraction located in the foothills of
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This house by Japanese office MUU Store Design Studio has a footprint of just 60 square metres. Called Gap House, the property slots into a tight space between two older buildings, in a residential area fronting Japan’s Sagami Bay. Due to the limited space available, MUU Store Design Studio designed it to be as space-efficient as
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SANAA has built a small passenger terminal shaped like a cloud for a port on the Japanese island of Naoshima, which is famed for its contemporary art scene. Japanese duo Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and their firm SANAA designed the terminal for passengers waiting to disembark the island – giving them a place to park their bicycles or
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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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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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The 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan was the first in a series of grave events that prompted Fukushima-based architect Cohta Asano to develop the complex design for his new home. Made of up nine overlapping cuboids, of all different sizes and proportions, the house has little in common with the other residential properties in Fukushima, many
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A chimney-like tower covered in white tiles rises in the courtyard of this house in Shiga, Japan, which architect Kouichi Kimura has designed for the owner to host yoga classes. Located away from a busy main road, the two-storey residence combines a large block with a smaller one that appears to be slotted on top. There are no windows
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Japanese retailer Muji is set to open hotels in Shenzhen, China and Tokyo, Japan, which will be styled with the minimalist brand’s furnishings and products. The first Muji Hotel will open in Shenzhen later this year, while the second has just broken ground in Tokyo’s Chūō City and is slated for completion in 2019. While details about both projects are currently vague, Business
Japanese architecture studio Chop + Archi has used trio of courtyards to make the most of the sharp “dead space” corners of this house, located on an almost triangular plot in Tokyo. Situated on a south-eastern corner plot in a dense residential area in Tokyo’s Setagaya ward, Kamiuma House provides the home for a couple and
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Hundreds of thousands of wooden shingles cover the contoured form of this pavilion in the grounds of Japan’s Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens, which is designed to evoke the shape of a ship’s hull. The Kohtei pavilion was added to the gardens in the campus of Tenshinzan Shinshoji temple in Fukuyama city, Hiroshima, which was established as a tribute
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Rooflights, pale tiles and glossy flooring are among the tweaks that Apollo Architects & Associates made to a family home in Toyko to give it a light-filled living, kitchen and dining room. The Japanese architects were tasked with renovating the two-storey residence for a client whose father had built the house over 30 years ago. It is located in a suburban area of Tokyo called Ōta,
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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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Japanese studio FujiwaraMuro Architects has completed an exceptionally narrow timber house in Kobe, featuring an atrium that allows daylight to reach each of its levels. The site FujiwaraMuro Architects was given to work with was just 22 square metres, and flanked on either side by existing residential buildings. The studio had experience of dealing with the restricted sites common in many Japanese
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Our Frank Lloyd Wright 150th anniversary series ends with the American architect’s best-known building in Asia, the now-demolished Imperial Hotel, where he combined his western design principles and a fascination with Japan. After travelling to Japan in 1905, Wright developed a keen interest in Japanese art and architecture. He was therefore keen to win the bid to
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Prolific Japanese design studio Nendo has now moved into urban design, unveiling its massive CoFuFun plaza near Kyoto. The plaza – located outside of Tenri Station in Japan’s Nara prefecture – is the studio’s largest architecture project after its renovation of the Siam Discovery shopping centre in Bangkok last year. It is also Nendo’s first
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Yuichi Yoshida & Associates has completed a house in the suburbs of the Japanese city of Kanazawa with pared-back interiors and an irregularly layered structure that challenges the area’s housing typology. Set back from the roadside, the unconventional house comprises two steel-clad volumes set askew on a concrete base. The architects chose galvanised steel cladding for it ability
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Oblong windows with pivoting glazing cut through the striking white walls of this minimal five-storey office block in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, designed by local architects Yoshihiro Kato Atelier. The concrete building, named Tetote Note, is located on a tight 100-square-metre site in the city of Nagoya and provides collaborative workspaces for designers and their clients. “In Japanese, ‘tetote’ literally means
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The Japanese House exhibition at London’s Barbican doesn’t offer solutions to the housing crisis, says Owen Hatherley, but it does show what’s possible when architects respond to extreme change and instability. In most places, certainly in Britain, the point of the private house is stability and predictability. Increasing in correlation with the rise of the house as
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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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The timber structure of this house in Kyoto by Japanese studio Alphaville pokes through into the interior spaces, which were designed to optimise the dimensions of a narrow site. The property is located in a residential area close to the city’s Imperial Palace, where housing lots are typically narrow and elongated so that private yards can be incorporated at the
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A wooden framework extending radially towards the edges of this house in Japan’s Okinawa region ensures views in all directions through external walls made entirely of glass. Tokyo studio ISSHO Architects designed the Shinminka house for a plot surrounded by trees and vegetation in Motobu, on the northern part of Okinawa Island. The architects sought to develop
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Featuring an irregular geometric form, this apartment building in Saitama, Japan, accommodates homes for seven families, as well as red-painted communal areas at street level. Local studios Eureka and Maru Architecture collaborated on the design of the building, which they titled Around the Corner Grain to reflect its location at the intersection of two streets. Where the building
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Photographer Edmund Sumner has revealed decade-old images of one of Ryue Nishizawa’s most famous buildings, Moriyama House – a full-size model of which was recently installed inside London’s Barbican. After visiting the Barbican’s “highly impressive” exhibition The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945, which includes a full-size model of the Tokyo house, Sumner dug out his photographs from when the building was first completed
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Metal curtains can be drawn across the windows of this three-and-a-half-metre-wide house in Osaka by FujiwaraMuro Architects, which features a split-level layout with multiple staircases. The local architects were commissioned to design a skinny house to replace a demolished building in the commercial centre of Honshu, which is known for its modern architecture. The tightly packed site and its urban
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Artist and architect Megumi Matsubara teamed up with Hiroi Ariyama to design a guest house and a private gallery for an art collector in Nagano Prefecture, Japan.
Dezeen is giving away five copies of The Japanese House Reinvented by Philip Jodidio, a book featuring 50 houses that highlight Japan’s current residential trends. The book showcases properties from the last five years, designed by architects ranging from Pritzker Prize-winners to recent graduates. Among the homes featured are designs by Koji Tsutsui, Tadao Ando and Shigeru Ban. Architectural trends in materials and technology
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An angular, blackened wood structure sits atop two concrete blocks to form this house in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, designed by Cubo Design Architect. Located in the city of Odawara, in the vicinity of a 15th century castle, Hafye is designed to create the feeling of being suspended in mid-air – hence the top-heavy design. This unusual form, described by locally based Cubo Design Architect as animal-like,
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Architects Megumi Matsubara and Hiroi Ariyama arranged this house in the forest near Karuizawa around five courtyards to provide views of vegetation both inside and outside the building. Matsubara teamed up with Ariyama of Tokyo studio Assistant to design the guest house and private gallery for an art collector in Nagano Prefecture. The single-storey residence is situated in a clearing
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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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Clusters of diagonal columns splay out like tree branches inside this house completed by Japanese architect Kensuke Watanabe in the seaside city Kamakura. Named after the initial of its owners, the 144-square-metre Y-house was designed by Watanabe’s Tokyo-based studio for a couple and their three children. Intended to reference surrounding trees, the house’s structure features several sets
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Japanese studio Hibinosekkei has added a small wooden playhouse to a kindergarten in the city of Saga to encourage independent domestic role play. Atsugi-based Hibinosekkei designed the small gabled playhouse within the open-plan corridors of the school. The 15-square-metre space houses toy versions of the typical amenities used to carry out household chores. The structure is made entirely from unfinished pine, with the exterior clad in
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Kubota Architect Atelier designed a L-shaped concrete and glass residence named the ‘FU House’ in Shunan, Japan, not far from the Seto Inland Sea.
Huge sculptural roofs made from cypress wood provide shelter for this community centre and hall, completed by architect Hiroshi Sambuichi on a small Japanese island. Hiroshima-based Sambuichi made use of several traditional Japanese building techniques for the pair of buildings, which provide community facilities for a town on the island of Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea. The
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A steep wooden roof covers the staggered levels of this family house in the Japanese city of Fujieda by architect Yoshiyasu Mizuno, concealing its full scale from certain angles. Designed for a couple and their two children in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture, Terada House occupies a square-shaped plot that abuts an existing residence. From the street the house appears to have a three
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Three L-shaped structures with wafer-thin edges wrap around concrete and glass walls at this house in the Japanese city of Shunan. Kubota Architect Atelier, which is based in the nearby city of Iwakuni in Japan’s Yamaguchi Prefecture, designed the property for a site less than a kilometre from the Seto Inland Sea. This area of Japan is
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A group of dormers are set into the sloping roof of this house in Tokushima by Japanese studio FujiwaraMuro Architects, enabling daylight to reach rooms raised above a protective grassy bank. FujiwaraMuro Architects designed the home for a couple who wanted enough space to comfortably accommodate their young family alongside a home office. The house is situated on
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A wavy plywood roof undulates above the glass-walled rooms of this nursery in Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture. Toranoko Nursery was designed by Tokyo-based Takashige Yamashita Office for a site southwest of the Japanese capital, which has a clear view towards Mount Fuji. The nursery is located at the centre of a campus providing care to the elderly,
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The staggered stack of boxes that form this family home in central Tokyo contain a set of spiralling, interconnected rooms. The house was designed for Daisuke Ibano, a member of the team at local architecture office Fujiilab, whose founder Ryosuke Fujii worked on the project with Ibano and architect Satoshi Numanoi. Ibano had previously been living
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Tokyo-based studio Do Do has used remnants of porcelain to update this ceramics shop and gallery in northwest Japan, and create a new pavilion for hosting workshops. The Ōyane shop and gallery is located in Hasami, a town in Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture that has produced pottery for around 400 years. It occupies the ground and basement
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Located in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, the house in Utsunomiya is completely surrounded by a metal roof, sheltering terraces and a garden so the residents can use these spaces throughout the year. Japanese studio Suppose Design Office developed an exter…
The abandoned and overgrown landscape of Nara Dreamland, a theme park closed for over a decade, is revealed in this set of images by French photographer Romain Veillon. Built in Nara Prefecture in 1961, the theme park was expected to become Japan’s answer to Disneyland. But it struggled to compete when both Disney and Universal Studios opened up their own
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A cluster of timber-clad boxes are set at varying angles to ensure optimal daylight reaches the interior of this house and artist’s studio in the Japanese town of Oasa. Architect Jun Igarashi gave the project the name Bending House because of its irregular floorplan, which twists and folds along a plot in a residential neighbourhood. Igarashi said the main reason
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The house Kenzo Tange designed for himself, a U-shaped residence by Toyo Ito and Atelier Bow-Wow’s house-cum-studio are all on show as part of an exhibition about Japan’s post-war houses at the MAXXI museum in Rome. Covering the period following the second world war to modern day, The Japanese House: Architecture & Life after 1945 showcases over 80 of Japan’s single-family
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Hypo, Japan is now home to a neoteric “retail pharmacy” doing its purpose of providing advanced pharmaceuticals to heal those in need. While studio KTX archiLAB was drafting the design they wanted for visitors to be at peace, which influenced the sterile glass façade and transparent-themed waiting areas. A pure white eased-over the interior and […]
This holiday home by Japanese studios Taku Sakaushi Architects and OFDA has a tapered form that broadens towards a garden, but narrows where it meets a road, creating a secluded getaway in Karuizawa. The site is hemmed on its northern edge by a street and by neighbouring properties on its other sides, so Taku Sakaushi and OFDA tried to
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Japanese firm Moriyuki Ochiai Architects transformed a botanical garden in Hakone area into a museum’s multi-purpose space and named the project “Waterscape/Memory of Spring“.
Building work has begun on Kengo Kuma’s National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – the design that was controversially selected to replace Zaha Hadid’s competition-winning scheme. A ground-breaking ceremony for the latticed timber stadium was held on 11 December 2016. The ¥149 billion (£1.1 billion) structure is expected to complete in three and a half years’ time to host the Tokyo 2020
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Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed a kindergarten in the Japanese city Saitama with a series of roofs that pitch steeply in opposing directions. The kindergarten, named Aitoku Hoikuen, is located in a residential district of Saitama, around 25 kilometres north of Tokyo, and contains facilities for 150 children. To help visually fragment the scale of
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Yuta Tokunaga, director of a museum dedicated to architectural models, has selected his five favourite exhibits from a collection that includes works by Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban. Billed as Japan’s only architectural model museum, the Archi-Depot Museum is a warehouse-cum-gallery that opened in Tokyo earlier this year, showcasing both study maquettes and final design models by famous
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This beachside house on Japan’s Ikema Island is perched on a concrete base to ensure the living spaces inside enjoy an optimal view of the East China Sea. The holiday home was designed by New York- and Frankfurt-based firm 1100 Architect for a plot on the 2.6-square-kilometre dot of land, which is connected to the
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A concrete staircase spirals between the austere concrete floors of this house designed by Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates for a seaside spot in Japan’s Hiroshima Prefecture. The 92.5-square-metre residence named House in Akitsu is located on a small peninsula near the city of Higashihiroshima, where it faces the scenic Seto Inland Sea. Two concrete cubes intersect to
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Located on the shores of Yoron Island, a Japanese island which was created from elevated coral reefs, the house designed by Case-Real is a solid concrete structure with a delightedly sublime interior.
Tokyo-based studio Do Do has designed this house and studio for a graphic designer and his wife, and created a special elevated pathway for their pet cat. The two-storey residence named House-Is is clad in black corrugated metal and occupies a small plot of land in Tokyo’s Koto-ku district. Do Do was asked to include a studio space, as well as playful
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Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa designed the five-storey ‘house & garden’ residence, located in Tokyo, which includes a series of stacked concrete floor slabs bordered with transparent railings and enclosed with walls of household plants growing in pots. Located in a populous commercial district, the building provides a home and a workplace. The site was just […]
TT Architects has converted an old furniture factory in the Japanese city of Okayama into a cedar-and steel-clad home for a carpenter and his family. The two-storey gabled building was previously used to store raw materials for a made-to-order furniture company. Local studio TT Architects transformed the upper floor into a living space with a balcony, and
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Japanese studio yHa Architects has inserted a steel cuboid, wall and stairs inside this former rice mill in Saga Prefecture to create a sake tasting and exhibition space. The gallery occupies one of many disused buildings relating to the sake brewing industry in the town of Kashima. This renovation by yHa architects is the latest reinvention of the building, which was originally designed as a rice
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A roof terrace, balconies and an external staircase maximise outdoor space for this overlooked house in Tokyo designed by Japanese studio Front Office. The Tokyo office designed the 120-square-metre Oyamadai House for a site in the city’s Setagaya neighbourhood, which is hemmed in on all sides by existing housing. Rather than building walls to create privacy, the clients decided
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A multi-layered facade creates extra privacy for the residents of this Tokyo house designed by local firm Satoru Hirota Architects (+ slideshow). The site is located in one of the many densely packed neighbourhoods of the Japanese capital so, like many local residents building new homes, the clients requested a house closed off from the busy surroundings. To More
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Named Jikka, the avant-garde Japanese home complex was developed by Tokyo-based architect Issei Suma to facilitate a food delivery service for older people that also offers nursing care to people with disabilities.
Models by Japanese architects including Shigeru Ban, Kengo Kuma and Riken Yamamoto are the focus of a museum that has opened in Tokyo (+ slideshow). Billed as Japan’s only architectural model museum, the Archi-Depot Museum is a warehouse-cum-gallery where both study maquettes and final design models are on show to the public. Industrial shelving units extend More
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