Muji to open hotels in China and Japan

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

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Chop + Archi cuts triangular lightwells into corners of house in Tokyo

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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Apollo Architects’ minimal renovation aims to keep the atmosphere of an old family home in Tokyo

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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Frank Lloyd Wright merged eastern and western architecture at Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel

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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TakaTina Designs The ‘Black Box’

Named ‘Black Box’, the family house designed by architecture studio TakaTina features an industrial black exterior and surprisingly bright interior.
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Bright white living spaces overhang gallery in top-heavy Tokyo house by Form

Japanese studio Form designed this top-heavy home for a family in Tokyo, placing their living spaces in an elevated volume that overhangs a gallery for its apron-designer owner. The Kusatsu-based studio was asked to create the small house to meet the demands of family life, but also those of the client, who designs aprons. Covered in white render, Adorable House hosts a gallery and

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Black corrugated metal encases loft-inspired interiors of Tokyo house by TakaTina

American studio TakaTina has created a stark family home on the outskirts of Tokyo, featuring bright white interiors inspired by the client’s previous Brooklyn loft apartment and an inky black exterior. The New York based architects, husband-and-wife team Takaaki and Christina Kawabata, were commissioned to design the house for a family of four in a residential area west of the Japanese

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Klein Dytham’s Ginza Place features latticed facade inspired by traditional Japanese crafts

Over 5,000 aluminium panels are arranged to create the perforated facade of this commercial building by Klein Dytham Architecture, which overlooks one of Tokyo’s most iconic intersections. Ginza Place is located on a corner of the Ginza 4-chome crossing – a junction in the Japanese capital’s exclusive shopping district that has been compared to New York’s Times Square. The building

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Tokyo home by Fujiilab comprises cluster of protruding white boxes

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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Construction work starts on Kengo Kuma’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics stadium

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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Sharply pitched roofs break up the scale of Kengo Kuma’s kindergarten in Saitama

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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Archi-Depot Museum director picks his five favourite architectural models

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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Graphic designer’s home and studio in Tokyo includes cat walkway

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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Elevated terraces create outdoor space for land-locked house in Tokyo by Front Office

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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Tokyo house designed by Satoru Hirota Architects to offer residents maximum privacy

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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Museum dedicated to architecture models opens in Japan

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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Apollo Architects completes earthquake-resistant house with a hat-like roof

A pointy wooden roof tops this concrete house in Tokyo, which led Apollo Architects & Associates to name the building Hat. The three-storey house is located in Shinjuku ward, an area where the Japanese architects claim you can find “the remnants of the good old days of Tokyo”. Their challenge was to develop a design that responds to the More

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Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and more propose future houses in House Vision exhibition

Japanese architects including Sou Fujimoto, Atelier Bow-Wow, Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban have all designed houses of the future for a Tokyo exhibition (+ movie). House Vision 2016 includes 12 housing prototypes by notable Japanese architects and designers, as well as think tanks for construction and technology companies. All the designers teamed up with big brands to make their vision a reality. Atelier Bow-Wow worked with More

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Le Corbusier’s National Museum of Western Art is his only building in the Far East

World heritage Corb: one of French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s lesser-known buildings among the 17 recently added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List is a concrete museum in Tokyo, which holds a collection dedicated to western thought and art. The National Museum of Western Art was built in the mid-19th century and opened in 1959. Originally, the More

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Edmund Sumner photographs Kenzo Tange’s “brutal classic” St Mary’s Cathedral

Swooping steel-clad walls support the cross-shaped roof window of Kenzo Tange’s 1960s St Mary’s Cathedral in Tokyo, documented in these new images by architecture photographer Edmund Sumner (+ slideshow). Located in the Bunkyō district, the cathedral was designed by the Japanese architect to reference the lightness of a bird and its wings. It is one of Tange’s most famous building. Sumner, who photographed More

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Soho House considers move into co-living market and hires Tadao Ando for Tokyo members club

Private members club Soho House is considering expanding into the fast-growing co-living market, according to founder Nick Jones. “We’re looking,” Jones told Dezeen, who also revealed that Japanese superstar architect Tadao Ando is designing the group’s latest outpost in Tokyo. “We’re looking at the possibility of moving to an upgraded student living idea,” said Jones, More

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Modelia Days apartment block in Tokyo features concrete walls and steel box windows

Thick, galvanised-steel frames highlight a selection of windows on the concrete facade of this apartment block in Tokyo designed by Japanese studios Sasaki Architecture and Atelier O (+ slideshow). The architects designed the block named Modelia Days to sit among shops and houses in Tokyo’s Nakanobu district. In keeping with the modest scale of its neighbours, they spread 12 residences across four storeys. The More

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Hiroyuki Moriyama completes Tokyo apartment building with a perforated skin

Perforated steel panels create private enclosures around the balconies that front this compact housing development in Tokyo by local architect Hiroyuki Moriyama (+ slideshow). Hiroyuki Moriyama Architect and Associates was asked to create five residential properties on a plot measuring just seven metres wide and 20 metres deep, without going above four storeys. The biggest challenge More

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Tetsuo Yamaji builds “a non-mass-produced house with mass-produced components”

For this house on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japanese architect Tetsuo Yamaji aimed to create a unique building using mass-produced components (+ slideshow). Yamaji – who recently set up his own studio after a stint in Kengo Kuma’s office – wanted the Saitama property to take advantage of the benefits of prefabrication, but to also cater to the More

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Atelier Kukka’s House U stands beside a cherry blossom tree in Tokyo

Red cedar provides a golden-hued exterior for this small gabled house, designed by local studio Atelier Kukka for a Tokyo street featuring a cherry blossom tree (+ slideshow). The 67-square-metre House U provides a home for a couple in their 40s. Their brief to Atelier Kukka founder Maki Okubo was for a simple but impressive-looking building that frames views More

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OMA reveals design for first skyscraper in Tokyo

OMA has unveiled plans for its first building in Tokyo – a glass skyscraper with an elevated garden, which will form part of an emerging business district in the Japanese city. Designed by Shohei Shigematsu, director at OMA’s New York office, Toranomon Hills Station Tower will form part of the new Global Business Hub at Toranomon Hills. The skyscraper is one of three More

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Ninkipen! wedges galvanised metal office for a construction firm between Tokyo blocks

This galvanised metal office block by Japanese studio Ninkipen! is slotted into a narrow gap between two Tokyo buildings, and has an interior with an intentionally unfinished appearance (+ slideshow). Architect Yasuo Imazu, who works under the name Ninkipen!, designed the 211-square-metre offices for the interior construction company &S Tokyo, which is based in Shinagawa Ward. &S Tokyo has More

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An Innovative University Residence In Tokyo

Japanese studio Tomoyuki Kurokawa Architects designed the Kitasenzoku Apartment, a boxy, light-filled university residence serving the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
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Tokyo university students create “drawn-in-place” architecture using a 3D-printing pen

A group of University of Tokyo students overseen by architect Kengo Kuma have developed a 3D-printing pen that can be used to create complex architectural structures out of plastic sticks. The constructions – described by the team as “large-scale hand-drawn structures” – are formed when a user manually prints out strings of thermoplastic filament, guided by a digital tracking system. The strings More

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An 8-Story Building Set To Revive A Kyoto Neighborhood

Tokyo-based studio Florian Busch Architects designed an 8-storey building that provides a counterpoint to the traditional architecture of Kyoto’s historic Pontocho laneway area.
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KPF conceives futuristic new city quarter for archipelago in Tokyo Bay

US-based firm Kohn Pedersen Fox has envisioned a new district in Tokyo that includes a mile-high skyscraper and infrastructure elements that will protect the city from natural disasters (+ slideshow). Called Next Tokyo 2045, the conceptual plan was featured in the Japanese documentary series Next World and was recently published as a research paper by More

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Tokyo Travel Diary

Tokyo Travel Diary – Places I loved and where I stayed in Tokyo, Japan Call me obnoxious, but I am…

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Swedish studio Elding Oscarson completes Tokyo residence with a striped facade

Bands of timber alternate with slices of glazing across the facade of this Tokyo house by Swedish studio Elding Oscarson, offering a degree of privacy while also exploiting views of the garden (+ slideshow). The Stockholm studio designed Nerima House as a weekend house for a couple who will eventually relocate to the city permanently. The house will also More

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Tomoyuki Kurokawa Architects completes Tokyo building covered in holes

The faceted volume of this concrete housing and office block in Tokyo is punctured by a series of holes that form windows, balconies and open-air stairwells (+ slideshow). Designed by local studio Tomoyuki Kurokawa Architects, Kitasenzoku Apartment is a six-storey building near the Tokyo Institute of Technology. It contains an office and residence for the client, More

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Kengo Kuma denies plagiarising Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo stadium design

Kengo Kuma has rubbished claims by Zaha Hadid that his replacement design for her scrapped Tokyo Olympic stadium has “remarkable similarities”. Speaking at a press conference earlier today, the Japanese architect refuted Hadid’s suggestion that his design has a similar shape and layout to her own proposal, which was dropped by the Japan Sports Council in a row More

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Buddhist temple in Tokyo upgraded by Satoru Hirota Architects

Satoru Hirota Architects has overhauled the site of a Buddhist shrine dating back to Japan’s Edo period, adding a triangular reception hall and a priest’s quarters with bare concrete walls (+ slideshow). The Tsunyuji temple was built sometime during the period between 1603 and 1868, but was destroyed during air strikes in the second world war and had to be More

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An Open-Plan Music School Built From Concrete By Nikken Sekkei

Japanese architecture studio Nikken Sekkei designed a concrete campus lined with oak wood to house Tokyo’s Toho Gakuen School of Music. Guided by the imperative of acoustic quality, the building is far removed from traditional campus design, with common areas built to encourage students to practice in a lively, communal setting. In the basement, independent […]

Zaha Hadid accuses Japanese government and architects of collusion over Tokyo stadium

Zaha Hadid has accused Japanese authorities and architects of colluding over the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium project, and says that Kengo Kuma’s replacement design has “remarkable similarities” to her own. The London-based architect, who was ousted from the job in July two years after winning a competition to design the stadium, said that she had been treated shockingly. “Sadly the Japanese authorities, with More

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Kengo Kuma beats Toyo Ito to win Japan National Stadium competition

Japanese officials have selected a wooden lattice design by Kengo Kuma for the new National Stadium in Tokyo, which will be the centrepiece for the 2020 Olympics. According to local sources, the decision to award the job to Kuma – one of Japan’s leading architects – was announced this morning in a government cabinet meeting. More

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Kengo Kuma and Toyo Ito unveil competing bids for Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Toyo Ito have unveiled rival proposals to build the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium, replacing Zaha Hadid’s original competition-winning design (+ slideshow). The Japan Sport Council (JSC) has revealed images of the two designs competing for the Tokyo National Stadium contract, which are by Japanese architects Kuma and Ito. The two schemes were submitted anonymously to a new competition More

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Conran and Partners completes huge development on Tokyo’s Tama River

Terence Conran’s architecture firm has completed its redevelopment of Tokyo’s Futako-Tamagawa area, the city’s largest building project of the last decade. London-based Conran and Partners has spent 11 years working on the regeneration of the 20-hectare site on the north bank of the Tama River. It has created 400,000 square metres of homes, shops, offices and leisure facilities. Futako-Tamagawa […]

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Kyodo House by Sandwich features a sculptural wood facade and an indoor swing

Japanese studio Sandwich used three truckloads of timber to create the sculptural facade of this Tokyo house that also boasts a two-storey-high library and an indoor swing (+ slideshow). Sandwich architects Yuichi Kodai and Lee Yoshitaka designed Kyodo House to be as sustainable as possible, both in its layout and in the materials chosen to build […]

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Ark-inspired house by Apollo Architects features a symmetrical layout

Apollo Architects & Associates named this Tokyo house after Noah’s Ark because it features a symmetrical floor plan and a pointed wooden roof. Located west of the the Japanese capital in Mitaka, the two-storey Ark house provides a home for a couple who work at a nearby university, and their two children. Like many Japanese homeowners, the clients […]

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Atelier Tekuto completes crystalline concrete home for two chemists

Volcanic ash is mixed into the concrete shell of this angular house in central Tokyo, which was designed by Atelier Tekuto for a pair of chemists (+ slideshow). The Japanese firm developed a type of “environmentally friendly” concrete for R Torso C, which uses particles of volcanic ash known as shirasu in place of traditional sand aggregate. The ash increases […]

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An Angular Home Made Of Recyclable Concrete By Atelier Tekuto

Designed by Japanese architecture studio Atelier Tekuto, ‘R-Torso-C’ is an angular exposed concrete home located in the heart of Tokyo. Working within tight space constraints, the architects cut away at the building’s corners and installed triangular windows to create a unique geometric structure. Additionally, the concrete used throughout the four-story building is completely recyclable and […]

FT Architects’ 4 Columns house features a traditional timber frame and minimal interior

A traditional Japanese construction method was used for this house in Tokyo, which features four wooden columns arranged in a square to support the rest of the timber frame (+ slideshow). The 4 Columns house is located 20 kilometres from central Tokyo, in a neighbourhood that was previously dominated by farmland and factories. The area has recently become popular […]

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Muji launches trio of prefab minimal cabins by Morrison, Grcic and Fukasawa

Muji’s set of ready-constructed huts were designed by Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa as minimal rural refuges for escaping the “hustle and bustle” of the city (+ slideshow). The three cork, aluminium and wood Muji Huts were launched by the Japanese brand during Tokyo Design Week 2015, and were created for construction in countryside locations. […]

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Concrete home by Takuro Yamamoto Architects overlooks an allotment and woods near Tokyo

A bright orange wall screens a staircase that leads to a bathroom on top of this concrete house in Tokyo by Takuro Yamamoto Architects (+ slideshow). The family house, named H-Orange, sits on a narrow plot between another home and the perimeter wall of a small field filled with allotments. To provide a degree of privacy for the residents, the Tokyo firm directed a windowless wall towards […]

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Little House Big Terrace by Takuro Yamamoto Architects features an elevated yoga terrace

A pair of large terraces channel through one side of this white house in Tokyo by Takuro Yamamoto Architects, providing residents with an outdoor yoga space and a sheltered parking area (+ slideshow). One side of Little House Big Terrace abuts a residential block, while the other borders a carpark. To ensure privacy on the overlooked plot, Tokyo-based Takuro Yamamoto Architects made all […]

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An Angular Concrete Home By ARTechnic Architects

Japan-based ARTechnic Architects designed ‘SRK’, an angular concrete home in Tokyo with unique textured walls surrounding the structure….

Cranks house by Hugo Kohno features concrete walls that step in and out

The concrete walls of this Tokyo house were designed by architect Hugo Kohno to step in and out, giving the building extra structural support while creating built-in shelves and seating (+ slideshow). Tokyo-based Hugo Kohno Architect Associates designed the three-storey house for a site in Edogawa, an area on the east bank of the Edo River. […]

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Wooden house by Suzuki Architects also contains a hair salon and a writing studio

The couple that occupy this combined home and workspace in Tokyo each have their own domain – downstairs is a salon for a hairdresser, while upstairs contains a workspace for a writer (+ slideshow). Designed by Kosuke Suzuki and Hisako Yamamura of Suzuki Architects, the 80-square-metre property is a simple cuboidal structure with timber-clad walls, hence […]

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Shingle-clad home by Starpilots can be split up to make way for a road expansion

This Tokyo house and office for a funeral director has been split into three sections so that two can be removed later, in case a planned road gets built through the site (+ slideshow). Housecut was designed by Tokyo studio Starpilots for a couple in their 30s with two children, who had lived on the corner […]

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Angular black walls fold around SRK home in Tokyo by ARTechnic Architects

Black textured walls give this seemingly windowless Tokyo residence by ARTechnic Architects a bunker-like appearance (+ slideshow). Tokyo-based ARTechnic Architects designed SRK house on a steeply sloping site in the city’s Meguro ward. There is a 3.7-metre height difference between the road and the back of the site, so studio founder Kotaro Ide devised a spiralling enclosure that acts […]

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Gabled townhouse in Tokyo by Niji Architects is clad in strips of white steel

Japanese studio Niji Architects has squeezed two homes into its Town House in Takaban, which features a steeply pitched roof, windowless gables and strips of horizontal steel cladding (+ slideshow). The block sits on a tiny 31-square-metre plot just a couple of minutes from Gakugei-daigaku Station in Tokyo’s Takaban distric. Rising nine metres above the ground and finished with […]

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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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Zaha Hadid teams up with Nikken Sekkei to submit new bid for Tokyo 2020 stadium

Zaha Hadid is working with Japanese architecture and engineering firm Nikken Sekkei to win back the Tokyo Olympic stadium project after its first competition-winning design was thrown out in July (+ slideshow). Nikken Sekkei has announced that it will work with Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to submit a fresh bid for the New National Stadium […]

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Zaha Hadid Architects launches campaign to reinstate scrapped Tokyo stadium design

Zaha Hadid Architects has released a new movie detailing its design for its scrapped Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium, which it describes as “the only way to achieve value for money in the market” (+ movie). The film, which is over 20 minutes long, explains the decisions made during the two-year-long design process that lead to the current proposal, which was […]

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A Serene House With A Spiraling Wooden Roof

Mount Fuji Architects designed a two-story house located in a residential area on the outskirts of Tokyo. From…

Rooms are less than two metres wide inside Tokyo house by YUUA Architects

Japanese studio YUUA Architects & Associates has slotted a house into a 2.5-metre-wide space between two existing buildings in Tokyo. The rooms of the four-storey-high residence have a width of just 1.8 metres, hence its name: 1.8m Width House. This forced Madoka Aihara and Toshiyuki Yamazaki – the two principals of YUUA Architects and Associates – […]

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Richard Rogers steps in to defend Zaha Hadid’s scrapped Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium

British architect Richard Rogers says Japan “lost its nerve” in abandoning Zaha Hadid’s Olympic stadium design, adding that the decision could damage the country’s credibility. Rogers, who was on the jury that first selected Hadid’s design, has released a statement outlining his concern that the decision will significantly impact both the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Japan’s reputation. […]

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Nord house by Apollo Architects boasts a spacious loft room for children to play in

A spacious loft room bordered by slender balustrades is located beneath the steeply sloping wooden rafters of this Tokyo house by Apollo Architects & Associates (+ slideshow). Featuring an asymmetric pitched roof, the three-storey building provides a home for a family of four on a narrow site in Mitaka – a newly established city on […]

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Log Rhythm house revives old Japanese building technique using steel beams instead of wood

Huge steel beams with I-shaped profiles were stacked to form the framework of this Tokyo house by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, which features a red spiral staircase winding between its floors (+ slideshow). Local firm Mount Fuji Architects Studio – whose past projects include a house centred around a tree-like column – designed Log Rhythm house as […]

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Apollo Architects creates spaces for artwork and cars in raw concrete Grigio house

This raw concrete house in Tokyo was designed by Japanese firm Apollo Architects & Associates as a family home for a couple whose interests include contemporary art and cars (+ slideshow). Named Grigio, the house features a sheltered parking area with enough space to keep two cars protected from the elements, and rooms filled with […]

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Zaha Hadid says Japan ignored warnings over Olympic stadium construction costs

Zaha Hadid Architects says its design for the Tokyo stadium design should be revised rather than scrapped, to avoid missing the immovable deadline of the 2020 Olympics. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has issued a statement to “set the record straight” over accusations that its design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium led to spiralling construction costs, […]

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Tokyo No Ie: Jérémie Souteyrat documents Tokyo’s contemporary houses

Photo essay: French photographer Jérémie Souteyrat trained himself to photograph architecture after moving to Tokyo, by hunting down and documenting some of the best private houses in his adopted city. “As far as Tokyo is concerned, Westerners too often know little apart from the high-rise buildings of Shibuya and Shinjuku and the packed crowds of […]

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Japan scraps Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium

Zaha Hadid’s controversial plans for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo have been scrapped. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced that the design of the stadium will be started again from scratch due to spiralling costs, according to the Guardian. “We have decided to go back to the start on the Tokyo Olympics-Paralympics stadium […]

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House-shaped clinic designed by Hkl Studio to make elderly patients feel more at home

A sequence of house-shaped volumes make up the form of this medical centre, designed by Hkl Studio to blend in with neighbouring homes on the outskirts of Chiba, Japan (+ slideshow).  The Asahicho Clinic provides medical care for elderly patients residing in the suburbs of the coastal city, which is located 30 miles outside Tokyo on the Bōsō Peninsula. Tokyo-based architect Hikalu […]

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Hiroshi Nakamura’s showroom and home for a car dealer features warren-like interiors

Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura used hexagons to generate the layout of this Tokyo home and workplace for a car dealer, while triangular arches create warren-like interiors (+ slideshow). Nakamura and his Tokyo studio NAP designed the live-work building for the Setagaya ward of Tokyo. One floor contains the client’s family residence, while the other accommodates his showroom and office. […]

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Glass and timber rectangles create chequered facade for Tokyo house by Takeshi Shikauchi

Rectangular panels of Japanese cedar and glass create a chequered effect on the facade of this Tokyo residence (+ slideshow). Named Checkered House, the building was designed by Japanese architect Takeshi Shikauchi. The decorative facade was added to ensure sufficient daylight permeates all parts of the interior, but that residents are still offered some privacy. “The chequered window allows [the […]

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