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Video: Studio Beneath the Railway + Step Plaza

Beneath an elevated railway in the former red-light district of Kogane-cho, the city of Yokohama and NPO Koganecho Area Management Center commissioned five architects to transform a 100 to 150 square meter site into what is now a destination for local artists and residents. Each practice - Contemporaries, Studio 2A, Workstation, Koizumi Atelier, and Nishikura Architectural Design Office - was assigned a single project, providing the community with a gallery, cafe, studio, meeting hall for artists, and stepped outdoor plaza. Tour through each space with this video, provided by JA+U

Park House / another APARTMENT

© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects: another APARTMENT
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Tsuyoshi Kobayashi
  • Area: 27.6 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura

Seascape House / Tomoyuki Sakakida Architect and Associates

© Shigeo Ogawa
© Shigeo Ogawa

© Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa

Video: Teshima Art Museum / Office of Ryue Nishizawa

Designed for the artwork of artist Rei Naito, the Teshima Art Museum is a seamless, earthen form of white concrete in which responds to the rolling landscape of an island located in the Inland Sea of Japan. Architect Ryue Nishizawa created the museum to be an open gallery, exposed to the elements, that is shaped by a 25cm thick concrete shell in which spans up to 60 meters.

Video courtesy of JA+U. More images after the break...

Project Lost Homes / Tsukihashi Laboratory (Kobe University)

A collaborative effort by Osamu Tsukihashi + Tsukihashi Laboratory, many professors and architecture students at all over Japan, "Projects Lost Homes" aims at lamenting lost towns and considering the disaster and the damaged areas brought about by Great East Japan Earthquake. Damaged areas were looked at dreadful circumstances, and the original sites were flowed away by Tsunamis, especially lots of areas on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Tohoku. Since 2011, their project has consisted of restoring damaged towns and villages, especially the coastal areas devastated by the following terrible tsunamis, by 1:500 scale models. More images and architects' description after the break.

Folm arts / Tsubasa Iwahashi Architects

© Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda

Aisho House / ALTS Design Office

  • Architects: ALTS Design Office
  • Location: Shiga, Japan
  • Architects Member: Sumiou Mizumoto / Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area: 169.76 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

Armadillo / Yuji Tanabe Architects

© Yuji Tanabe
© Yuji Tanabe
  • Architects: Yuji Tanabe Architects
  • Location: Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Structural Engineer: Jun Sato
  • Builder: Kawaguchi Kenchiku
  • Area: 52.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Yuji Tanabe

© Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe © Yuji Tanabe

Nakagawa Office Extension / Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Courtesy of Yasutaka Yoshimura
Courtesy of Yasutaka Yoshimura

Courtesy of Yasutaka Yoshimura Courtesy of Yasutaka Yoshimura Courtesy of Yasutaka Yoshimura Courtesy of Yasutaka Yoshimura

Small Core House in Ochiaigawa / UNIT-O

  • Architects: UNIT-O
  • Location: Higashikurume-shi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Ryutaro Saito , Masahiro Yoneda
  • Area: 66.94 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Yasuhiro Nakayama, Courtesy of UNIT-O

© Yasuhiro Nakayama Courtesy of UNIT-O Courtesy of UNIT-O © Yasuhiro Nakayama

MOH / aat + makoto yokomizo architects

  • Architects: aat + makoto yokomizo architects
  • Location: Minamiashigara, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Site Area: 568 sqm
  • Area: 128.96 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of aat + makoto yokomizo architects

Courtesy of aat + makoto yokomizo architects Courtesy of aat + makoto yokomizo architects Courtesy of aat + makoto yokomizo architects Courtesy of aat + makoto yokomizo architects

Owase Elementary School / C+A Coelacanth and Associates

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