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Kakko House / YYAA

  • Architects: YYAA
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Yoshihiro Yamamoto
  • Area: 113.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Keishiro Yamada

© Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada

Asahicho Clinic / hkl studio

  • Architects: hkl studio
  • Location: Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 310.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Shinkenchiku-sha, Tetsu Hiraga

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Tetsu Hiraga

Karinnpani Hall / Kawahito architects

  • Architects: Kawahito architects
  • Location: Shintoku, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Hiroshi Kawahito
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Kawahito

© Hiroshi Kawahito © Hiroshi Kawahito © Hiroshi Kawahito © Hiroshi Kawahito

Satoduto / Coil Kazuteru Matumura Architects

© Yoshiro Masuda, Taryo Etou © Yoshiro Masuda, Taryo Etou © Yoshiro Masuda, Taryo Etou © Yoshiro Masuda, Taryo Etou

Japan Stands Behind Plans to Build Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Stadium

Despite harsh criticism for being too large and costly, Tokyo's 2020 Zaha Hadid-designed National Stadium will be realized. As USA Today reports, the Japanese government has announced its decision to move forward with the design, saying any major modifications would lead to construction delays. 

The 80,000-seat stadium has already undergone some design changes, due to backlash led by Pritzker laureates Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki; it's most recent design is said to be more "efficient, user-focussed, adaptable and sustainable." However controversy continues as the city and central government must now decide how to split the stadium's estimated $2 billion bill.

Patio House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Location: Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Satoshi Kurosaki
  • Area: 114.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of APOLLO Architects & Associates

Courtesy of APOLLO Architects & Associates Courtesy of APOLLO Architects & Associates Courtesy of APOLLO Architects & Associates Courtesy of APOLLO Architects & Associates

D1 Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue

Wrap House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa

Spiral House / Keikichi Yamauchi architects and associates

© Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai

CABANE de ZUCCa Daikanyama / Schemata Architects

  • Architects: Schemata Architects
  • Location: 11-1 Sarugakuchō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0033, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Jo Nagasaka
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota

YOC Restaurant / GENETO

  • Architects: GENETO
  • Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 429.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Yasutake Kondo

© Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo

Floating House / Satoru Hirota Architects

Courtesy of Satoru Hirota Architects Courtesy of Satoru Hirota Architects Courtesy of Satoru Hirota Architects Courtesy of Satoru Hirota Architects

YAM / Ks ARCHITECTS

  • Architects: Ks ARCHITECTS
  • Location: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Kikumi Kusumoto
  • Area: 419.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Seiji Ohashi

© Seiji Ohashi © Seiji Ohashi © Seiji Ohashi © Seiji Ohashi

SP Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue

10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings"

All good things must come to an end, and Guardian Cities' excellent "History of Cities in 50 Buildings" series is sadly no exception, with only a few more left to be published before they hit 50. The whole series is definitely worth the read, bringing in the best of academic and architectural writing from guest authors and the Guardian's own Cities team, but if you're strapped for time - and if you're an architect, it's fairly likely that's true - we've rounded up 10 highlights from the list to get you started.

Amazonas Theatre, Manaus. Image © Wikimedia user Leaderfo Narkomfin Building, Moscow. Image © Wikimedia user NVO Ponte Tower, Johannesburg. Image © Flickr user fiverlocker Byker Wall Estate, Newcastle. Image © Flickr user George Rex