"Classic Japan" Episode 1: Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange

00:00 - 3 February, 2015

From Tokyo-based French architect and film maker Vincent Hecht comes "Classic Japan," a series of short films focussed on Japanese architecture from between the 1950s and 80s. 

The first installment takes viewers into Kenzo Tange's 1964 Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, built to house the swimming and diving events of the 1964 Summer Olympics. Completed in less than two years and seating upwards of 15,000 spectators, the Gymnasium is renowned for its suspension roof, and will host the handball competitions during Tokyo's 2020 Summer Olympics.

Hakemiya Nursery School / rhythmdesign + CASE-REAL

01:00 - 2 February, 2015
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© Yoshikazu Shiraki

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Terrazze / AE5 partners

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
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Nest We Grow / College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
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China’s Pearl River Delta Overtakes Tokyo as World’s Largest Urban Area

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
The Pearl River Delta's urban growth in 1973 and 2003. Image © Flicker CC user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The Pearl River Delta's urban growth in 1973 and 2003. Image © Flicker CC user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

China’s Pearl River Delta has surpassed Tokyo in both size and population, making it the largest urban area in the world, according to the World Bank. The colossal megapolis - a conglomerate of several cities, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan - is a central component to China’s manufacturing and trade industries. 

It is now home to 42 million - more people than the countries of Canada, Argentina or Australia. And, considering nearly two-thirds of the East Asia region’s population (64%) is still “non-urban,” the area is expected to grow exponentially. 

Boulanger Kaiti / MOVEDESIGN

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
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Children's Nursing Home "Tsukuba-Aiji-en" / K+S Architects

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
© Hiroshi Ueda, Yoshihiro Asada
© Hiroshi Ueda, Yoshihiro Asada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Nobuya Kashima, Aya Sato
  • Area

    1440.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Hiroshi Ueda, Yoshihiro Asada

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Bridged Living Space / TT Architects

01:00 - 15 January, 2015
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Dig In the Sky / Alphaville Architects

01:00 - 14 January, 2015
© Shigeo Ogawa
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kentaro Takeguchi, Asako Yamamoto
  • Design Team

    Tomohisa Koike
  • Area

    152.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Shigeo Ogawa

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Koyasan Guest House / Alphaville Architects

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
© Toshiyuki Yano
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House in Hikone / Tato Architects

01:00 - 11 January, 2015
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House in Tsubaki / PANDA

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Kozo Yamamoto, Shinji Ikeda
  • Contractor

    AZ Construction
  • Area

    95.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Koichi Torimura

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A' House / Wiel Arets Architects

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
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© Jan Bitter

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TY / Yo Yamagata Architects + AND Associates

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
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A Church in Kyoto / Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
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© Nakamura Kai

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Hair Salon Slundre / BHIS

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
© Toshiyuki Azuma
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Cohta Asano
  • The main Manufacturers

    KEYTEC
  • Area

    137.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Toshiyuki Azuma

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MS / Yo Yamagata Architects

01:00 - 29 December, 2014
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Yorunoma Bar / Naoya Matsumoto

01:00 - 27 December, 2014
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© Takeshi Asano

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