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Pergola / APOLLO Architects & Associates

  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Location: Japan, 〒338-0836 Saitama-ken, Saitama-shi, Sakura-ku, Machiya, 2 Chome−16−10 ヘアステージKAWAGUCHI
  • Architect In Charge: Satoshi Kurosaki
  • Area: 297.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa

Villa Escargot / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

  • Architects: Takeshi Hirobe Architects
  • Location: Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Takeshi Hirobe
  • Area: 116.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

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

"Classic Japan" Episode 2: Sachio Otani's Kyoto International Conference Center

The second episode in "Classic Japan" features the 1966 Kyoto International Conference Center by Sachio Otani. The site of the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, Otani's waterfront conference center unfurls onto nearby Lake Takaragaike via a series of concrete pathways that offset the centre's Brutalist weight. Filmed and edited by Vincent Hecht, a French architect and film maker currently living in Tokyo, the series focuses on Japanese architecture from the 1950s to the 80s.

Before working on the conference center, Otani had previously worked in the office of Kenzo Tange, whose Yoyogi National Gymnasium was featured in the first episode of the "Classic Japan" series.

House Passage of Landscape / ihrmk

  • Architects: ihrmk
  • Location: Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Masaki Ihara
  • Area: 99.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

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

"Classic Japan" Episode 1: Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange

From Tokyo-based French architect and film maker Vincent Hecht comes "Classic Japan," a series of short films focussed on Japanese architecture from between the 1950s and 80s. 

The first installment takes viewers into Kenzo Tange's 1964 Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, built to house the swimming and diving events of the 1964 Summer Olympics. Completed in less than two years and seating upwards of 15,000 spectators, the Gymnasium is renowned for its suspension roof, and will host the handball competitions during Tokyo's 2020 Summer Olympics.

Hakemiya Nursery School / rhythmdesign + CASE-REAL

  • Architects: rhythmdesign, CASE-REAL
  • Location: Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Kenichirou Ide, Mariko Shimada, Koichi Futatusmata, Ritsu Shibata
  • Area: 778.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yoshikazu Shiraki

© Yoshikazu Shiraki © Yoshikazu Shiraki © Yoshikazu Shiraki © Yoshikazu Shiraki

Terrazze / AE5 partners

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China’s Pearl River Delta Overtakes Tokyo as World’s Largest Urban Area

China’s Pearl River Delta has surpassed Tokyo in both size and population, making it the largest urban area in the world, according to the World Bank. The colossal megapolis - a conglomerate of several cities, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan - is a central component to China’s manufacturing and trade industries. 

It is now home to 42 million - more people than the countries of Canada, Argentina or Australia. And, considering nearly two-thirds of the East Asia region’s population (64%) is still “non-urban,” the area is expected to grow exponentially. 

Boulanger Kaiti / MOVEDESIGN

  • Architects: MOVEDESIGN
  • Location: 18-32 Tamagawamachi, Minami-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 815-0037, Japan
  • Designer: Mikio Sakamoto
  • Area: 138.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yousuke Harigane

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

Children's Nursing Home "Tsukuba-Aiji-en" / K+S Architects

  • Architects: K+S Architects
  • Location: Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Nobuya Kashima, Aya Sato
  • Area: 1440.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda, Yoshihiro Asada

© Hiroshi Ueda, Yoshihiro Asada © Hiroshi Ueda, Yoshihiro Asada © Hiroshi Ueda, Yoshihiro Asada © Hiroshi Ueda, Yoshihiro Asada

Koyasan Guest House / Alphaville Architects

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano

House in Tsubaki / PANDA

  • Architects: PANDA
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects In Charge: Kozo Yamamoto, Shinji Ikeda
  • Contractor: AZ Construction
  • Area: 95.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

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

A' House / Wiel Arets Architects

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Location: Nishiazabu, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • Project Team: Wiel Arets, Satoru Umehara, Alex Kunnen
  • Collaborators: Jörg Lüthke, Jean-Jacques Jungers, Sadamu Shirafuji, Ilze Paklone
  • Area: 136.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter