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House in Tomigusuku / Rhythmdesign

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
House in Tomigusuku / Rhythmdesign, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tomigusuku, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kenichiro Ide
  • Design Team

    Kenichiro Ide, Yuta Kinai
  • Area

    64.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Tokyo's Modernist Gem, Hotel Okura, To Be Demolished

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
Tokyo's Modernist Gem, Hotel Okura, To Be Demolished, via Wikipedia
via Wikipedia

Talk about Modernist Japanese architecture, and you can hardly fail to bring up Tokyo's Hotel Okura. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been a landmark not only for the city, but for Japan. Now, however, the hotel's owners have decided that the main building for the hotel will be demolished in September of 2015, with a new hotel taking its place. To learn more - including how to sign the petition for preservation - keep reading after the break.

Style Bakery / SNARK

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Style Bakery / SNARK, © Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hamamatsucho, Kiryu, Gunma, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Sunao Koase,Yu Yamada
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Photographs

KORO House / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
KORO House / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates, 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 Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    68.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Sunomata / Keitaro Muto

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Sunomata / Keitaro Muto, © Teruaki Yoshiike
© Teruaki Yoshiike

© Teruaki Yoshiike © Teruaki Yoshiike © Teruaki Yoshiike © Teruaki Yoshiike +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ogaki, Misasa, Tohaku District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    186.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Mino Nursery School 7 / Atelier Zo

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
Mino Nursery School 7 / Atelier Zo, Courtesy of Atelier Zo
Courtesy of Atelier Zo

Courtesy of Atelier Zo Courtesy of Atelier Zo Courtesy of Atelier Zo Courtesy of Atelier Zo +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mino, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    473.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Kosei Kumoyama, Keiko Hirota, Sawazaki Kensetsu, Atelier ZO

House in Nishimikuni / Arbol Design

01:00 - 20 July, 2014
© Yasunori Shimomura
© Yasunori Shimomura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nishimikuni, Yodogawa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    92.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura +17

House for Viewing the Mountain / Kawashima Mayumi Architects Design

01:00 - 18 July, 2014
House for Viewing the Mountain / Kawashima Mayumi Architects Design, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +12

Cosmic / UID

01:00 - 17 July, 2014
Cosmic / UID, © Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Keisuke Maeda
  • Area

    611.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Hiroshi Ueda , Courtesy of UID

House in Otori / Arbol Design

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
House in Otori / Arbol Design, © Yohei Sasakura
© Yohei Sasakura

© Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura +26

Steven Holl Named 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

00:00 - 16 July, 2014
Steven Holl Named 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate, © Mark Heithoff
© Mark Heithoff

The Japan Art Association (JAA) has named American architect Steven Holl as the 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate for Architecture. Holl will be honored at a ceremony in Tokyo on October 15th. The jury's citation states that Holl's "works are internationally highly regarded, primarily as a result of his philosophy regarding the unification of the “experience” of space, as depicted by color and light, with the history and culture of each site of construction."

Since its inauguration in 1989, the annual global arts award has recognised "outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts" in the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theater/film. Only a small handful of architects have received this award, including James Stirling, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Richard Rogers, Jean Nouvel, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor, David Chipperfield, and Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.

Shonen Junk / studio 201

01:00 - 11 July, 2014
Shonen Junk / studio 201, © Kenta Hasegawa (OFP)
© Kenta Hasegawa (OFP)

© Kenta Hasegawa (OFP) © Kenta Hasegawa (OFP) © Kenta Hasegawa (OFP) © Kenta Hasegawa (OFP) +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 5 Chome−2−25 5・2・25ビル
  • Interior design

    Manabu Okano[studio201](Architect)
  • Area

    103.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab / Naruse Inokuma Architects

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab / Naruse Inokuma Architects, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +19

In The Real World: The Consequences of Modernity in Japan at the Venice Biennale

01:00 - 9 July, 2014

 “We were sensitive to the way in which society was becoming more consumption-oriented and gave serious thought to how we ought to respond to that change without simply accommodating ourselves to it.” -Toyo Ito
“I was entering a dead world, which would never see the light of the day. I wanted to treat that dead world as if it were alive, or to put it another way, to try to create a different reality.” - Terunobu Fujimori

Under the title of Fundamentals, Koolhaas’ Biennale asked national pavilions to focus on their respective countries’ relationships with modernity, the movement that has, for better or worse, shaped the contemporary city. In the case of Japan, modernity was expressed in a unique way, as architecture was instrumental to the rapid industrialization and growth that the country experienced after World War II. This growth resulted in the first architectural avant-garde outside of the Western world. By the 70s, as this movement reached its peak, local architects, historians, artists and urbanists began to look at modernism in a critical way, questioning its impact.

In “The Real World,” the Japan exhibit at the Biennale, curator Norihito Nakatani unearths how this critical movement expressed itself through Osamu Ishiyama, Toyo Ito, Terunobu Fujimori, and other Japanese masters whose works strove to connect to the human of “the real world” rather than contribute to the failed utopias of modernism. Interviews with this group of architects bring to light the desire that they had to positively impact society, and how they attempted to materialize that desire in their early works. The objects found inside the pavilion articulate the storytelling behind the process, leaving their interpretation open to visitors.

“You’ve got to try to make an impact on the times you live in, and you’ve got to do it through your work, not through words.” - Osamu Ushiyama
“Actual objects continue to possess tremendous energy - much more so than photographs or models.” - Tsutomu Ichiki

More about the "In the Real World" after the break:

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +23

Niigata City Konan Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
Niigata City Konan Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design, © Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa

© Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa © Kouichi Satake © Taisuke Ogawa +20

Hikariniwa House / MTKarchitects

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Hikariniwa House / MTKarchitects, © Yuko Tada
© Yuko Tada

© Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Akira Metoki
  • Area

    128.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Kadare Cultural Centre / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

01:00 - 28 June, 2014
Kadare Cultural Centre / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design, © Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa

© Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa © Taisuke Ogawa +31

Aesop Grand Front Osaka / Torafu Architects

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
Aesop Grand Front Osaka / Torafu Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ofukacho, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0011, Japan
  • Area

    48.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs