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TRIM / APOLLO Architects & Associates

19:00 - 30 May, 2017
TRIM / APOLLO Architects & Associates, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +17

AD Classics: Himeji Castle / Ikeda Terumasa

04:00 - 30 May, 2017
AD Classics: Himeji Castle / Ikeda Terumasa, The white plaster walls and sweeping terraces of Himeji-jo inspire its other name, “Castle of the White Heron.” . ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Oren Rozen (licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)
The white plaster walls and sweeping terraces of Himeji-jo inspire its other name, “Castle of the White Heron.” . ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Oren Rozen (licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)

With its gleaming white walls and elegantly terraced roofs, it is easy to forget that Himeji Castle was built as a fortress . Standing on two hilltops in the city of Himeji, the old fortress, also known as Himeji-jo, is the greatest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture from the early years of the Shogunate, which governed the island nation from the late 1500s to the 19th Century. Although never tested in battle, the castle’s elaborate defensive measures represent the best strategic design the period produced. While these measures have since been rendered obsolete, the same cannot be said for the castle’s soaring, pristine aesthetic, which earned it the nickname Shirasagi-jo – “Castle of the White Heron.”

Courtesy of Flickr user Ben Kubota (licensed under CC BY 2.0) Courtesy of Flickr user alisdair (licensed under CC BY 2.0) A period image depicts the labor needed to construct Ikeda Terumasa’s grand new Himeji Castle. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user ブレイズマン (Public Domain) This map from the Himeji City Castle Laboratory Collection depicts the concentric lines of defense surrounding Himeji Castle. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user ブレイズマン (Public Domain) +14

MU / Ikeda Yukie Architects

19:00 - 25 May, 2017
MU  / Ikeda Yukie Architects, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
  • Lead Architects

    Ikeda Yukie, Ono Toshiharu
  • Collaborators

    MID architectural structure laboratory
  • Area

    96.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

SOJA-O / KANIUE

22:00 - 24 May, 2017
SOJA-O / KANIUE, © Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners

© Yosuke Ohtake © Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners © Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners © Yosuke Ohtake +29

Substrate Factory Ayase / Aki Hamada Architects

19:00 - 24 May, 2017

Courtesy of Aki Hamada Architects © Kenta Hasegawa © Kenta Hasegawa © Kenta Hasegawa +54

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Lead Architects

    Aki Hamada, Ryo Saito
  • Landscape

    SfG Landscape Architects
  • Area

    290.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

JIKKA / Issei Suma

22:00 - 23 May, 2017
JIKKA  / Issei Suma, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Issei Suma
  • Structural Engineer

    Nawaken-jm
  • Area

    100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

House Between Pillars / Camp Design

22:00 - 22 May, 2017
House Between Pillars / Camp Design, © Kentahasegawa
© Kentahasegawa

© Kentahasegawa © Kentahasegawa © Kentahasegawa © Kentahasegawa +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Koganei, Tokyo, Japan
  • Lead Architects

    Yusuke Fujita, Naoko Aramaki
  • Area

    119.24 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Kazuyo Sejima's Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

04:00 - 19 May, 2017
Kazuyo Sejima's Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Located in Tokyo's Sumida Ward, in which Sumida Hokusai (Katsushika Hokusai) was born and spent the majority of his life, this museum—completed in November 2016 to designs by Kazuyo Sejima—is a temple to the Japanese artist's work, including the likes of The Great Wave off Kanagawa and Red Fuji. Sejima, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2010, is commonly known as one-half of SANAA (alongside Ryue Nishizawa). This project, while seeking to celebrate Hokusai's work, has also been designed as a cultural beacon. In this photoset, photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has turned his lens to the new cultural landmark.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +41

A Sake Brewery Addition / a-um

20:00 - 17 May, 2017
A Sake Brewery Addition / a-um, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Taketo Tashiro, Yasuhiro Shinano (nano architects)
  • Area

    450.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

PIER THIRTY Group's Western Japan HQ Building / Yoshihiro Kato Atelier

20:00 - 13 May, 2017
© Nacasa & Partners inc.
© Nacasa & Partners inc.

© Nacasa & Partners inc. © Nacasa & Partners inc. © Nacasa & Partners inc. © Nacasa & Partners inc. +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yoshihiro Kato
  • Area

    443.81 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Wow! Sta. / Takeru Shoji Architects

19:00 - 11 May, 2017
Wow! Sta. / Takeru Shoji Architects, © Koichi Satake
© Koichi Satake

© Koichi Satake © Koichi Satake © Koichi Satake © Koichi Satake +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chuo Ward, Niigata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Takeru Shoji
  • Area

    258.3 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

TETOTE NOTE / Yoshihiro Kato Atelier

22:00 - 10 May, 2017
TETOTE NOTE / Yoshihiro Kato Atelier, © Nacasa & Partners Inc.
© Nacasa & Partners Inc.

© Nacasa & Partners Inc. © Nacasa & Partners Inc. © Nacasa & Partners Inc. © Nacasa & Partners Inc. +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan, 〒453-0016 Aichi-ken, Nagoya-shi, Nakamura-ku, Takebashichō, 37−3 TETOTENOTE
  • Area

    74.73 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Riverside Villa / Atelier Boronski

20:00 - 7 May, 2017
Riverside Villa / Atelier Boronski, Courtesy of Atelier Boronski
Courtesy of Atelier Boronski

Courtesy of Atelier Boronski Courtesy of Atelier Boronski Courtesy of Atelier Boronski Courtesy of Atelier Boronski +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    230.0 m2

House in Minami-tanabe / FujiwaraMuro Architects

22:00 - 4 May, 2017
House in Minami-tanabe / FujiwaraMuro Architects, ©  Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

©  Toshiyuki Yano         ©  Toshiyuki Yano         ©  Toshiyuki Yano         ©  Toshiyuki Yano         +24

Kant K / DATT + koyori

19:00 - 4 May, 2017
Kant K / DATT + koyori, © Shohei Yoshida
© Shohei Yoshida

© Shohei Yoshida © Shohei Yoshida © Shohei Yoshida © Shohei Yoshida +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Muko, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Keita Ikebe, Masahiko Nakamura, Taichi Ito
  • Structure

    Kaneko Takeshi structural design office
  • Area

    1370.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

House along Saigoku Highway / Koyori + DATT

20:00 - 3 May, 2017
House along Saigoku Highway / Koyori + DATT, © Shohei Yoshida
© Shohei Yoshida

© Shohei Yoshida             © Shohei Yoshida             © Shohei Yoshida             © Shohei Yoshida             +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Muko, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Masahiko Nakamura, Keita Ikebe, Taichi Ito
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Edge of the Forest / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

19:00 - 2 May, 2017
Edge of the Forest / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop, © Akihiro Kawauchi
© Akihiro Kawauchi

© Akihiro Kawauchi © Akihiro Kawauchi © Akihiro Kawauchi © Akihiro Kawauchi +20

Lecture: Atelier Bow-Wow, "Architects in Post-Disaster Reconstruction"

18:07 - 2 May, 2017
Lecture: Atelier Bow-Wow, "Architects in Post-Disaster Reconstruction", Momoyo Kajima, co-founder of Atelier Bow-Wow. Photo courtesy of Atelier Bow-Wow.
Momoyo Kajima, co-founder of Atelier Bow-Wow. Photo courtesy of Atelier Bow-Wow.

“I came to the conclusion that recovery from Great East Japan Earthquake should be compared to Japan’s recovery from the World War II.” —Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Co-founder, Atelier Bow-Wow and member of ArchiAid

Architects Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, co-founders of the highly regarded architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo, discuss the architect's role in post-disaster revitalization, and their findings from their work in Tohoku for the last six years.