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Fujigaoka M / Sinato

  • Architects: Sinato
  • Location: Fujigaoka, Aoba Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Chikara Ohno
  • Area: 64.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano

House in Tourimachi / SNARK + OUVI

  • Architects: SNARK, Ouvi
  • Location: Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge: Sunao Koase, Naoki Mashiyama (SNARK), Shin Yokoo (Ouvi)
  • Area: 44.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa

Fujigaoka T / Sinato

  • Architects: Sinato
  • Location: Fujigaoka, Aoba Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Chikara Ohno
  • Area: 68.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano

Enzo. Gallery and Office / Ogawasekkei

© Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners © Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners © Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners © Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners

Sugamo Shinkin Bank - Nakaaoki branch / emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

M-House / TOFU

  • Architects: TOFU
  • Location: Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Site Area: 95.98sqm
  • Area: 158.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Stirling Elmendorf

© Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf

Save Japan’s Modern Architecture

As preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics escalate, so do concerns regarding the preservation of the city’s heritage; and more specifically, according to Tomas Maier, Japan’s modernist architecture. The Bottega Venneta creative director recently embarked on an “urgent visit” to Japan in an effort to evaluate the city’s risk of loosing its modernist icons. With special consideration for the overlooked and threatened Hotel Okura, Maier believes that this Yoshiro Taniguchi-designed landmark is just one of many structures at risk of falling to "progress.”

Watch the video above and learn more about how you can help preserve the Hotel Okura, here

BLOOM / Hiroyuki Ito Architects

  • Architects: Hiroyuki Ito Architects
  • Location: Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Area: 524.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Makoto Yoshida

© Makoto Yoshida © Makoto Yoshida © Makoto Yoshida © Makoto Yoshida

Mukawa House / Studio Aula

  • Architects: Studio Aula
  • Location: Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Mitsuru Yoshida,Kyoko Hoshina
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa

House IM / Miyahara Architect Office

  • Architects: Miyahara Architect Office
  • Location: Gunma, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Teruo Miyahara, Naoko Taniguchi
  • Area: 92.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

© Mitsumasa Fujitsuka © Mitsumasa Fujitsuka © Mitsumasa Fujitsuka © Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

100 Office / Shimizu Corporation

  • Architects: Shimizu Corporation
  • Location: 2 Chome-5-1 Mishima, Settsu-shi, Ōsaka-fu, Japan
  • Area: 3753.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of 100 Office

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Ecotone Hotel In Biwako - Sound Of Wind / Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects

  • Architects: Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects
  • Location: Mizuhocho, Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 1348.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Kaori Ichikawa

© Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa

Will Shimizu Corporation's Futuristic Deep-Sea City Concept Sink or Swim?

"Now is the time for us to create a new interface with the deep sea, the earth’s final frontier," says a brochure from Japanese development company Shimizu Corporation, presenting their outlandish proposal for the Ocean Spiral: a deep sea colony that can supposedly provide for up to 5,000 people in its 500m wide tethered sphere.

The proposal describes the Ocean Spiral as "safer and more comfortable" than existing land-based cities, thanks to the near constant temperature enabled by the ocean, the fact that it will be unaffected by typhoons or earthquakes, and the hope that the city's methods of oxygen generation will enable higher concentrations of oxygen then are found in the Earth's atmosphere.

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