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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

OH! House / Takeru Shoji Architects

  • Architects: Takeru Shoji Architects
  • Location: Chuo Ward, Niigata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 107.7 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Koichi Satake

© Koichi Satake © Koichi Satake © Koichi Satake © Koichi Satake

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.

Courtesy of Shimizu Corporation Courtesy of Shimizu Corporation Courtesy of Shimizu Corporation Courtesy of Shimizu Corporation

House Higashi-Kubancho / Kazuya Saito Architects

  • Architects: Kazuya Saito Architects
  • Location: Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 105.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yasuhiro Takagi

© Yasuhiro Takagi © Yasuhiro Takagi © Yasuhiro Takagi © Yasuhiro Takagi

SUMIYOSHIDO kampo lounge / id inc.

  • Architects: id inc.
  • Location: Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Seiji Oguri, Yohei Oki
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of © id inc.

Courtesy of © id inc. Courtesy of © id inc. Courtesy of © id inc. Courtesy of © id inc.

White Hut and Tilia Japonica / Takahashi Maki and Associates

© shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc © shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc © shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc © shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc

Tanaka Clinic / Akiyoshi Takagi & Associates

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

The Times Resuscitation Building / Nano Architects

  • Architects: Nano Architects
  • Location: Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Photographs: Yasunori Hidaka

© Yasunori Hidaka © Yasunori Hidaka © Yasunori Hidaka © Yasunori Hidaka

Photography Studio / FT Architects

  • Architects: FT Architects
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Katsuya Fukushima, Hiroko Tominaga
  • Work Title: Light Sheds
  • Area: 33.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shigeo Ogawa

© Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa

House in Sayo / Den Nen Architecture

  • Architects: Den Nen Architecture
  • Location: Sayo, Sayo District, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge: Naohiro Sumi、Shuhei Morita
  • Area: 141.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Eiji Tomita

© Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita

Oeuf / Flat House

  • Architects: Flat House
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Area: 79.36 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Takumi Ota

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

House AA / Moca Architects

  • Architects: Moca Architects
  • Location: Nara, Nara, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Kanako Momma, Shinya Furukawa
  • Structural Design: Manabu Ueda
  • Area: 63.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Kai Nakamura

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura

Minoyanagi House / TAB

  • Architects: TAB
  • Location: Ogaki, Gifu, Japan
  • Area: 69.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Masaki Yokoyama

© Masaki Yokoyama © Masaki Yokoyama © Masaki Yokoyama © Masaki Yokoyama