Yoshi Bar / Naoya Matsumoto

01:00 - 12 May, 2014
Yoshi Bar / Naoya Matsumoto, © Takeshi Asano
© Takeshi Asano

© Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano +6

Terunobu Fujimori's Soft-Hard Zinc House Opens Near Tokyo

00:00 - 11 May, 2014
Terunobu Fujimori's Soft-Hard Zinc House Opens Near Tokyo, Soft-hard looking zinc house. Image © Maria Novozhilova
Soft-hard looking zinc house. Image © Maria Novozhilova

A new private house designed by an exceptional Japanese architect, Terunobu Fujimori, has opened. The new building is located in a small provincial town near to Tokyo. Neighbored by typical one-family residences, the newcomer comes to the fore. Different, shiny and apparently soft metallic façade catches the visitor’s eye. 

Yet the scale of the building is much smaller than one might expect. Every height, width and depth are accurately measured and left from a certain point of view spatially stingy: no waste is admissible here.

Venice Biennale 2014: Japan Pavilion to Examine Radical Experiments of the 1970s

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Japan Pavilion to Examine Radical Experiments of the 1970s, Japan Pavilion Installation Image. Image © Keigo KOBAYASHI
Japan Pavilion Installation Image. Image © Keigo KOBAYASHI

The influence of Western civilization and the birth of modernization following World War II lead Japan to become the world’s second largest economy by 1968. With this came a host of problems, namely environmental pollution and the oil crisis, which triggered the reexamination of modernism in Japanese architecture and a series of radical experiments by young architects that inevitably lead to a new vision of the city. 

Highlighting the work of these young architects, as well as historians, urban observers, artists and magazines of the 1970s, Japan’s participation at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale will spotlight the “independent, fundamentally innovative responses” that “unfolded a new fertile field of architecture” and revealed the “essential power” our profession has in the real world.

@ArchDaily Instatour: #Tokyo

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
@ArchDaily Instatour: #Tokyo, Sunny Hills by Kengo Kuma via @archdaily on Instagram
Sunny Hills by Kengo Kuma via @archdaily on Instagram

We recently went to Tokyo during the Sakura to visit the city's incredible architecture: from Metabolist towers and the work of Pritzker laureates to the buildings of the new generation of Japanese architects. See the 27 photos we snapped after the break.

Also, leave your suggestions for our next Instatour in the comments below, and be sure to follow @ArchDaily on Instagram to travel with us through the world of architecture! Next destination: #Venice.

A Hill on a House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

01:00 - 3 May, 2014
A Hill on a House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +17

From the Desert to the City: An Interview with Wendell Burnette

00:00 - 2 May, 2014
From the Desert to the City: An Interview with Wendell Burnette, © Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

Since childhood, growing up on a farm outside of Nashville, Wendell Burnette has been inspired by nature; indeed, the amplification of the natural site has highlighted his body of work. In the following question and answer by Guy Horton of Metropolis Magazine, the Pheonix-based architect speaks about memories, inspiration and experience. 

Wendell Burnette’s journey through architecture has taken him from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, where he has designed a type of architecture that resonates with the power of natural surroundings. It has also taken him to one of the world’s fastest growing cities, Phoenix, Arizona, where his practice, Wendell Burnette Architects, is based and where he calls home. More recently it has brought him to Los Angeles where he is the current Nancy M. & Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic at the USC School of Architecture. He is also Professor of Practice at The Design School at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts.

I spoke with Burnette about his approach to architecture, the importance of direct experience, and the meaning behind his current USC studio, “Earth Curvature”.

House in Fukai / Horibe Associates

01:00 - 26 April, 2014
House in Fukai / Horibe Associates, © Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Naoko Horibe
  • Area

    139.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa +11

DEN-EN office / AUAU

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
© Masaya Yoshimura
© Masaya Yoshimura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toyota, Aichi, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Akitoshi Ukai
  • Area

    228.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura +17

KJ House / Nakahira Architects

01:00 - 22 April, 2014
KJ House  / Nakahira Architects, © Kei Sugino
© Kei Sugino
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masaru Nakahira
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino +13

45º / TSC Architects

01:00 - 22 April, 2014
45º / TSC Architects, © Masato Kawano
© Masato Kawano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Aichi, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yoshiaki Tanaka
  • Area

    77.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Masato Kawano © Masato Kawano © Masato Kawano © Masato Kawano +28

Roof on the Hill / Alphaville Architects

01:00 - 21 April, 2014
Roof on the Hill  / Alphaville Architects, © Kai Nakamura
© Kai Nakamura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Leading designers

    Kentaro Takeguchi, Asako Yamamoto/Alphaville
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura +22

Nakano Fireproof Wooden House / Masashi Ogihara

01:00 - 21 April, 2014
© Kai Nakamura
© Kai Nakamura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan, 〒165-0025 Tokyo, Nakano, Numabukuro, 2 Chome−12 KENコーポ
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura +26

Tamakichi Mochiten / Nakahira Architects

01:00 - 20 April, 2014
Tamakichi Mochiten / Nakahira Architects, Courtesy of Nakahira Architects
Courtesy of Nakahira Architects

Courtesy of Nakahira Architects Courtesy of Nakahira Architects Courtesy of Nakahira Architects Courtesy of Nakahira Architects +14

LT Josai / Naruse Inokuma Architects

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
LT Josai  / Naruse Inokuma Architects, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

Origami / TSC Architects

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Origami / TSC Architects, © Masato Kawano
© Masato Kawano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mie, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yoshiaki Tanaka
  • Area

    112.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Masato Kawano © Masato Kawano © Masato Kawano © Masato Kawano +33

Villa ITO / Nakahira Architects

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Villa ITO / Nakahira Architects, © Ken’ichi Suzuki
© Ken’ichi Suzuki

© Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki +16

The House of Kubogaoka / Kichi Architectural Design

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
The House of Kubogaoka  / Kichi Architectural Design, © Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa +28

House in Mayuv / Naoko Horibe

01:00 - 16 April, 2014
© Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa

© Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa +11