These Children's Playhouses Mimic Contemporary Japanese Architecture

06:00 - 21 October, 2015
via Etsy © SmartPlayhouse
via Etsy © SmartPlayhouse

Barcelona-based designer David Lamolla of SmartPlayhouse creates children’s playhouses based on contemporary architecture styles, aiming to create fun spaces for children that are also sculptural elements for the garden. His Kyoto playhouse series is inspired by minimalist Japanese architecture, taking on a form reminiscent of Toyo Ito’s Mikimoto Ginza 2 building. 

Yutaka Kindergarten / SUGAWARADAISUKE

17:00 - 20 October, 2015
© Jeremie Souteyrat
© Jeremie Souteyrat

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TED Talk: Takaharu Tezuka on Tokyo's Newest Open-Air Kindergarten

14:00 - 18 October, 2015

"When you put many children in a quiet box, some of them get really nervous," says Japanese architect Takaharu Tezuka, founder of Tezuka Architects. "In this kindergarten, there is no reason for them to get nervous. There is no boundary." Speaking at TEDxKyoto on his design for an open-air kindergarten in Tokyo, Tezuka discusses his playful and unorthodox approach to the creation of the eccentric building. The unconventional space blurs interior with exterior while accommodating a varied program of athletic, educational and relaxed space. According to Tezuka, the concept was based on a progressive philosophy employed by the school administration: "The principal says: if the boy doesn't want to stay in the room, let him go. He will come back eventually." On children, Tezuka's own philosophy is one of empowerment: "Don't control them. Don't protect them too much. They need to tumble sometimes. They need to get injured. That makes them learn how live in this world."

Toyotomi Community Center / Atelier BNK

20:00 - 17 October, 2015
© Koji Sakai
© Koji Sakai

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cafe/day / Schemata Architects

22:00 - 16 October, 2015
© Kenta Hasegawa
© Kenta Hasegawa

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Numata Elementary School / Atelier BNK

19:00 - 15 October, 2015
© Koji Sakai
© Koji Sakai

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Twin House / y+M design office

20:00 - 14 October, 2015
© Yohei Sasakura
© Yohei Sasakura

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Shawl House / y+M

20:00 - 12 October, 2015

RebirthHouse / Ryo Matsui Architects

02:00 - 12 October, 2015

House on Stylobate / y+M

20:00 - 10 October, 2015
© Yohei Sasakura
© Yohei Sasakura

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Pro-Form Architects’ Rolled Table Challenges Furniture Standards With Curved Interface

08:00 - 10 October, 2015
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© Pro-Form Architects

Pro-Form Architects has created Rolled Table, an information booth made of flexible plywood that challenges the standard form of a table. Created for the Water and Land Niigata Art Festival, which has been held every three years since 2009, Rolled Table displays guide books and pamphlets better than an average table due to its distinct curvature and lighting system.

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© Pro-Form Architects

Hitoshinaya / Ryo Matsui Architects

19:00 - 8 October, 2015
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© Daici Ano

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Prof. Mutsuro Sasaki Final Lecture Series

23:00 - 6 October, 2015
Prof. Mutsuro Sasaki Final Lecture Series
Prof. Mutsuro Sasaki Final Lecture Series

An expert in shell structures and a pioneer of the morphogenesis in the field of architecture and civil engineering, Mutsuro Sasaki is a professor at Tokyo's Hosei University. He is also one of the founders of Sasaki Structural Consultants since 1980 and of SAPS / Sasaki and Partners since 2002. In extending the research work of Antoni Gaudi, Heinz Isler and Frei Otto, Sasaki's work has helped shape contemporary architecture in Japan and other countries. Mutsuro Sasaki is a long-standing structural engineers of Toyo Ito, Sejima and Nishizawa of SANAA, and of Arata Isozaki.

Ishibe House / ALTS Design Office

17:00 - 6 October, 2015
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Sumiou Mizumoto & Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area

    119.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

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2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners Announced

07:00 - 6 October, 2015
The Jane; Belgium / Studio Piet Boon. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards
The Jane; Belgium / Studio Piet Boon. Image Courtesy of The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

The winners of the seventh annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards—the only awards in the world dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces—have been announced in London. Out of over 860 entries from the United Kingdom and 70 other countries, 36 designs were awarded, with two grand prize winners.

The winners of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are:

Wooden Box House / suzuki architects

20:00 - 27 September, 2015
© Kenta Hasegawa
© Kenta Hasegawa

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House in Okazaki / Kazuki Moroe Architects

19:00 - 23 September, 2015
© Kai Nakamura
© Kai Nakamura

© Kai Nakamura © Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa © Kai Nakamura +19

Townhouse in Takaban / Niji Architects

20:00 - 21 September, 2015
© Niji Photo
© Niji Photo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masafumi Harada + Maiko Taniguchi
  • Construction

    o-works Co.,Ltd.
  • Area

    73.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Niji Photo

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