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UNStudio Envisions Giant Observation Wheel in Japan

Consider a social-networking experience that combines real-time amusement with an awareness of your surroundings. Dutch architecture firm, UNStudio, together with Ferris Wheel Investment of Japan, have laid out a colossal vision that expects to attract millions of visitors to a mixed-use retail, food and beverage center anchored by an architecturally-iconic observation wheel, Nippon Moon. The concept utilizes a user's smart phone or tablet, extending the rider's experience far beyond the moment they physically enter one of the 32 single or double-decker capsules.

Green Screen House / Hideo Kumaki Architect Office

© Yukinori Okamura © Yukinori Okamura Courtesy of Hideo Kumaki Architect Office © Mayuko Ebina

Hong Kong Tops Charts as World's Most Expensive Construction Market

EC Harris’ 2013 International Construction Costs Report has named Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to build in. The annual study, which benchmarks building costs in 47 countries across the globe, found that relative construction costs have been affected by substantial fluctuations in currency throughout the year. Despite a stagnant economy, Europe has six of the top ten most expensive markets in this year’s report, reflecting the competitive challenge faced by the Eurozone. 

The top ten most expensive countries to build in are:

PacificDazzle baton / Atelier KUU

  • Architects: atelier KUU
  • Location: Tarumi Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Design: Nobuo Kumazawa, Yuuki Kunimatsu
  • Collaborator: HARE / Harumi Oura
  • Lighting: Light Style/Shiro Miki
  • Landscape: Garden aube Arc.
  • Project Area: 0.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Seiryo Yamada

© Seiryo Yamada © Seiryo Yamada © Seiryo Yamada © Seiryo Yamada

Azuchi House / ALTS Design Office

Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
  • Architects: ALTS Design Office
  • Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • Design Team: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area: 88.36 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Video: Koyasan Guest House / Alphaville Architects

Kyoto-based architects Kentaro Takeguchi and Asako Yamamoto of Alphaville Architects have completed a small guest house for tourists visiting the sacred Koyasan (Mt. Koya) in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. The 96 m2 (1,033 ft2) building contains bedrooms, capsule-style dormitory rooms, a bar, and lounge. Between the bar, hallway, and lounge, 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 timber frames are exposed inside at varying intervals to act as partitions 

CAADRIA 2014 Conference

CAADRIA 2014: The 19th International Conference of the Association of Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia is set to take place May 14-17 in Kyoto, Japan. Hosted by Kyoto Institute of Technology, keynote speakers include Paul Richens (Professor, University of Bath), Joichi "Joi" Ito (Director of the MIT Media Lab), and Hitoshi Abe (Chair, Professor, UCLA & Architect).

With the theme, 'Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture,' the conference is influenced by Buckminster Fuller’s holistic worldview as the concept of Comprehensive Design was proliferated by the publication of the Whole Earth Catalog, an American counterculture publication, by Stewart Brand in the late 1960s and early 1970s. 45 years have passed since then, and now the concept of Comprehensive Design has evolved from a utopian idea to an actualized design tool. More information after the break.

House of Kasamatsu / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

  • Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Location: Kasamatsu, Hashima District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
  • Structure Company : Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
  • Construction Company : ASJ Gifu Studio
  • Area: 113.25 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Kawate / Keitaro Muto Architects

  • Architects: Keitaro Muto Architects
  • Location: Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Keitaro Muto
  • Structure: Timber
  • Collaborators: Atushi Fujio
  • Area: 171.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Yoshiike Teruaki

© Yoshiike Teruaki © Yoshiike Teruaki © Yoshiike Teruaki © Yoshiike Teruaki

F-White / Takuro Yamamoto Architects

  • Architects: Takuro Yamamoto Architects
  • Location: Kashiwa city
  • Architect in Charge: Eiji Iwase
  • Structure Design: Masuda Structural Engineering Office
  • Construction: Nagano-Koumuten
  • Furniture: tallman STUDIO
  • Area: 122.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

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House in Nanakuma / MOVEDESIGN

  • Architects: MOVEDESIGN
  • Location: Nanakuma, Jonan Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Mikio Sakamoto
  • Area: 142.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Yousuke Harigane

© Yousuke Harigane © Yousuke Harigane © Yousuke Harigane © Yousuke Harigane

ARKHE Beauty Salon / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

  • Architects: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
  • Location: Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Designer: Moriyuki Ochiai
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Atsushi Ishida

© Atsushi Ishida © Atsushi Ishida © Atsushi Ishida © Atsushi Ishida

H-Orange / Takuro Yamamoto Architects

  • Architects: Takuro Yamamoto Architects
  • Location: Tokyo
  • Area: 115.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Dogsalon / Naoko Horibe

  • Architects: Naoko Horibe
  • Location: Usa, Oita, Japan
  • Area: 66.25 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yuko Tada

© Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada

Haunted play house / Torafu Architects

© Fuminari Yoshitsugu © Fuminari Yoshitsugu © Fuminari Yoshitsugu © Fuminari Yoshitsugu

Video: Office Building in Shibaura / Kazuyo Sejima & Associates

Captured by JA+U, this short film takes you on a tour through a 2011, Kazuyo Sejima & Associates-designed office space in Shibaura, Tokyo. Open and transparent, the five double-height, split-level floors are designed to visually connect movement throughout the space, from the ground level public cafe to the generous outdoor terrace on the fifth floor. 

I-Mango / Takuro Yamamoto Architects

  • Architects: Takuro Yamamoto Architects
  • Location: Kashihara
  • Structure Design: Masuda Structural Engineering Office
  • Construction: Furuichi-Koumuten
  • Area: 134.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

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