Lamenting the Loss of Hotel Okura, One of Tokyo's Modernist Gems

05:30 - 27 August, 2015
Lamenting the Loss of Hotel Okura, One of Tokyo's Modernist Gems, The lobby of Hotel Okura. Image © Monocle
The lobby of Hotel Okura. Image © Monocle

The news last year that the Hotel Okura, often described as one of Tokyo´s "Modernist gems," was to be demolished was met with widespread disappointment across the board. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been considered a significant architectural landmark in the Japanese capital. With only a week to go until the hotel checks out its last guest, Monocle—having been granted exclusive access—have shared with us a film to capture "the gracious ways of this much-loved building."

Slide House / y+M

22:00 - 26 August, 2015
Slide House / y+M, © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha
© Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha

© Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha +34

Passive House with Sundial / Kikuma Watanabe

19:00 - 26 August, 2015
Passive House with Sundial / Kikuma Watanabe, Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe
Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kasugaoka, Heguri, Ikoma District, Nara Prefecture 636-0915, Japan
  • Area

    148.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe

Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe +18

House of the Frame / S PLUS ONE architecture

22:00 - 24 August, 2015
House of the Frame / S PLUS ONE architecture, © Astushi Isida
© Astushi Isida

© Astushi Isida © Astushi Isida © Astushi Isida © Astushi Isida +17

Housecut / Starpilots

20:00 - 23 August, 2015
Housecut  / Starpilots, © Satoshi Asakawa
© Satoshi Asakawa

© Satoshi Asakawa © Satoshi Asakawa © Satoshi Asakawa © Satoshi Asakawa +26

[ME]morial Thesis Honors 2011 Japan Earthquake Victims

09:30 - 22 August, 2015
[ME]morial Thesis Honors 2011 Japan Earthquake Victims, [ME]morial #1: Air. Image Courtesy of Beomki Lee
[ME]morial #1: Air. Image Courtesy of Beomki Lee

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the coast of Japan at Sendai, damaging the Fukushima nuclear power plant, and taking over 10,000 lives. Over the past three years, only temporary memorial observances have been utilized to honor these victims in Sendai. To address this deficiency, MIT graduate student Beomki Lee has created a concept design for an innovative new memorial space called [ME]morial.

[ME]morial #2: Earth. Image Courtesy of Beomki Lee [ME]morial #3: Water. Image Courtesy of Beomki Lee [ME]morial #3: Water. Image Courtesy of Beomki Lee [ME]morial #1: Air. Image Courtesy of Beomki Lee +14

House in Fukaya / Nobuo Araki

20:00 - 19 August, 2015
House in Fukaya  / Nobuo Araki, © Shimizu Ken
© Shimizu Ken
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken +16

Oryza Nakanoshima Spinning / Naoya Matsumoto Design

20:00 - 18 August, 2015
Oryza Nakanoshima Spinning / Naoya Matsumoto Design, © Takeshi Asano
© Takeshi Asano

© Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano +22

Renhouse / MTKarchitects

03:00 - 17 August, 2015
Renhouse / MTKarchitects, © Yuko Tada
© Yuko Tada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ina, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Akira Metoki
  • Structural Engineer

    Hidemasa Nagata
  • Area

    163.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada +21

House Ageo / KASA Architects

13:00 - 15 August, 2015
House Ageo / KASA Architects, © Ikunori Yamamoto
© Ikunori Yamamoto

© Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto +21

Richard Rogers Speaks Out Against Japan's Decision to Scrap Zaha Hadid Stadium

13:10 - 13 August, 2015
Richard Rogers Speaks Out Against Japan's Decision to Scrap Zaha Hadid Stadium, © Japan Sport Council
© Japan Sport Council

Last month, Japan officially scrapped plans for the controversial Zaha Hadid Architects-designed National Stadium that was intended to be the centerpiece of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Since the decision, ZHA released a statement that denied responsibility for the project's ballooning costs, saying the Japan Sport Council (JSC) has been approving the project's design and budget "at every stage."

Now, British architect Richard Rogers, who served on the jury that selected ZHA's stadium design, has joined the conversation claiming Japan has "lost their nerve" and warning that their decision to "start over from zero" will harm Japan's "reputation as a promoter of world-class architectural design."

Read on for Roger's full statement:

NYT Style Magazine Explores the Cultural Reasons Behind the Demolition of Japan's Hotel Okura

06:00 - 13 August, 2015
NYT Style Magazine Explores the Cultural Reasons Behind the Demolition of Japan's Hotel Okura, © Flickr CC User no_typographic_man
© Flickr CC User no_typographic_man

About a year ago, it was announced that Hotel Okura, one of Tokyo’s best-known modernist landmarks, was headed for demolition. With the impending demolition date of the hotel, deemed a “beautiful orphan child,” set for this September, an article from T: The New York Times Style Magazine’s upcoming Women’s Fashion issue looks at Japan's "ambivalent — and unsentimental — relationship with its Modernist architecture."

Kamo House / a.un architects

20:00 - 12 August, 2015
Kamo House  / a.un architects, Courtesy of a.un architects
Courtesy of a.un architects

Courtesy of a.un architects Courtesy of a.un architects Courtesy of a.un architects Courtesy of a.un architects +17

Pillar Grove / Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio

22:00 - 10 August, 2015
Pillar Grove / Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +31

Japan's Abandoned Golf Courses Get Second Life As Solar Farms

16:00 - 10 August, 2015
Japan's Abandoned Golf Courses Get Second Life As Solar Farms, Rendering of Kyocera's Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills project. Image © Kyocera
Rendering of Kyocera's Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills project. Image © Kyocera

With a goal to double the amount of its renewable energy power sources by 2030, Japan has begun to transform abandoned golf courses into massive solar energy plants. As Quartz reports, Kyocera, a company known for its floating solar plants, has started construction on a 23-megawatt solar plant on an old golf course in the Kyoto prefecture (scheduled to open in 2017). The company also plans to break ground on a similar, 92-megawatt plant in the Kagoshima prefecture next year. Pacifico Energy is also jumping on the trend; with the help of GE Energy Financial Services, the company is overseeing two solar plant golf course projects in the Okayama prefecture. The idea is spreading too; plans to transform gold courses into solar fields are underway in New YorkMinnesota and other US states as well.

NORD / APOLLO Architects & Associates

20:00 - 9 August, 2015
NORD / APOLLO Architects & Associates, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +13

Oita Prefectural Art Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

03:00 - 7 August, 2015
Oita Prefectural Art Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects, © Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai +11

Grigio / APOLLO Architects & Associates

20:00 - 6 August, 2015
Grigio / APOLLO Architects & Associates , © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +15