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Floating House / Satoru Hirota Architects

Courtesy of Satoru Hirota Architects Courtesy of Satoru Hirota Architects Courtesy of Satoru Hirota Architects Courtesy of Satoru Hirota Architects

YAM / Ks ARCHITECTS

  • Architects: Ks ARCHITECTS
  • Location: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Kikumi Kusumoto
  • Area: 419.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Seiji Ohashi

© Seiji Ohashi © Seiji Ohashi © Seiji Ohashi © Seiji Ohashi

SP Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue

10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings"

All good things must come to an end, and Guardian Cities' excellent "History of Cities in 50 Buildings" series is sadly no exception, with only a few more left to be published before they hit 50. The whole series is definitely worth the read, bringing in the best of academic and architectural writing from guest authors and the Guardian's own Cities team, but if you're strapped for time - and if you're an architect, it's fairly likely that's true - we've rounded up 10 highlights from the list to get you started.

Amazonas Theatre, Manaus. Image © Wikimedia user Leaderfo Narkomfin Building, Moscow. Image © Wikimedia user NVO Ponte Tower, Johannesburg. Image © Flickr user fiverlocker Byker Wall Estate, Newcastle. Image © Flickr user George Rex

The House for Contemporary Art / F.A.D.S.

  • Architects: F.A.D.S.
  • Location: Fukui, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Ryumei Fujiki, Yukiko Sato
  • Area: 137.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda, Courtesy of Ryumei Fujiki, Courtesy of Yukiko Sato

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda

C.O Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Ino © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Ino © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Ino © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Ino

ONOMICHI U2 / Suppose Design Office

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

House in Tsudanuma / fuse-atelier

  • Architects: fuse-atelier
  • Location: Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Shigeru Fuse
  • Design Team: fuse-atelier, Musashino Art University/fuse-studio
  • Area: 63.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shigeru Fuse

© Shigeru Fuse © Shigeru Fuse © Shigeru Fuse © Shigeru Fuse

HOUSE #01 | Boundary House / Niji Architects

  • Architects: Niji Architects
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Area: 52.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Masafumi Harada

© Masafumi Harada © Masafumi Harada © Masafumi Harada © Masafumi Harada

Mama Smile / Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

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

Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

© Studio Bauhaus © Studio Bauhaus © Studio Bauhaus © Studio Bauhaus

House in Kamisawa / Tato Architects

  • Architects: Tato Architects
  • Location: Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Yo Shimada
  • Design Team: Yo Shimada, Keita Kurokoshi
  • Area: 87.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Shinkenchiku Sha

© Shinkenchiku Sha © Shinkenchiku Sha © Shinkenchiku Sha © Shinkenchiku Sha

Complex / FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects

© Yoshihiro Asada © Yoshihiro Asada © Yoshihiro Asada © Yoshihiro Asada

MAD Transforms Japanese Home into Unconventional Kindergarten and Residence

MAD Architects have broken ground on their first project in Japan, the "Clover House" kindergarten. "A kindergarten that feels like home," as MAD describes, the renovation project is transforming an existing 105 square-meter home in Okazaki, Aichi, into a fully functioning education institution that caters to students during the day and provides a home for its teachers at night.

Part of the original home's wood structure will be reused and incorporated into the new building's design. It's "signature" pitched roof will create a "dynamic interior space," while preserving some of the owner's past memories.