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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. 

Vision Atelier / Takehiko Nez Architects

  • Architects: Takehiko Nez Architects
  • Location: Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
  • Contractor: M’s-A
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tomohiro Saruyama

© Tomohiro Saruyama © Tomohiro Saruyama © Tomohiro Saruyama © Tomohiro Saruyama

Checkered House / Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office

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

Light Cave / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

© Tetsu Hiraga © Tetsu Hiraga © Tetsu Hiraga © Tetsu Hiraga

TER house / Kikumi Kusumoto | Ks ARCHITECTS

  • Architects: Kikumi Kusumoto | Ks ARCHITECTS
  • Location: Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Kikumi Kusumoto
  • Project Team: Kikumi Kusumoto, Yusuke Shimizu
  • Area: 142.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Katsuzi Matsuo

© Katsuzi Matsuo © Katsuzi Matsuo © Katsuzi Matsuo © Katsuzi Matsuo

Passo Novita / Oska&Partners

  • Architects: Oska&Partners
  • Location: Midorigaoka, Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture 276-0049, Japan
  • Collaborators: LGROW lighting planning room
  • Area: 497.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: kentahasegawa

© kentahasegawa © kentahasegawa © kentahasegawa © kentahasegawa

An Interactive Look at Japan's Tall Building History

A new research study conducted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), entitled Tall Buildings in Numbers – Japan: A History of Tall Innovations, examines the evolution of tall buildings in Japan since the 1960s. The study highlights key innovations in Japan’s skyline through a compilation of graphic representations, including a timeline of notable highrises, a scatterplot of towers over 150 meters and annual construction rates, and a comparison of skyscraper density with regional populations.

View the interactive charts after the break.

Farmhouse / Minako Wakasa

  • Architects: Minako Wakasa
  • Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • Collaborator: Motoaki Sano
  • Site Area: 359,48m²
  • Area: 156.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yoshihiro Asada

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

KOU-AN Glass Tea House / Tokujin Yoshioka

Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka © Yasutake Kondo Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka © Yasutake Kondo

Video: House N by Sou Fujimoto

French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht recently revisited Sou Fujimoto's House N, seven years after its completion, as part of his ongoing Japanese Collection series. Nestled within a traditional Oita neighborhood, the renowned family home resembles "living among the clouds," as Fujimoto once described. A rich layering of space carefully eliminates the notion of distinct boundaries, allowing a subtle shift in program to place a heightened awareness on the spaces in-between. 

MA of Wind / Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect & Associates

© Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa

Circle House / Kichi Architectural Design

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa

Framing House / FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects

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

Panscape / ninkipen!

  • Architects: ninkipen!
  • Location: Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Yasuo Imazu
  • Area: 43.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

© Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata

Hakusui Nursery School / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

  • Architects: Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop
  • Location: Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Kentaro Yamazaki
  • Area: 530.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop