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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

TY / Yo Yamagata Architects + AND Associates

  • Architects: Yo Yamagata Architects, AND Associates
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Yo Yamagata, Kazunobu Hamazaki
  • Area: 157.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 14
  • Photographs: Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura

© Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura

A Church in Kyoto / Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates

© Nakamura Kai © Nakamura Kai © Nakamura Kai © Nakamura Kai

MS / Yo Yamagata Architects

  • Architects: Yo Yamagata Architects
  • Location: Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 144.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura

© Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura

Yorunoma Bar / Naoya Matsumoto

© Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano

Fujigaoka M / Sinato

  • Architects: Sinato
  • Location: Fujigaoka, Aoba Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Chikara Ohno
  • Area: 64.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

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

House in Tourimachi / SNARK + OUVI

  • Architects: SNARK, Ouvi
  • Location: Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects In Charge: Sunao Koase, Naoki Mashiyama (SNARK), Shin Yokoo (Ouvi)
  • Area: 44.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

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

Fujigaoka T / Sinato

  • Architects: Sinato
  • Location: Fujigaoka, Aoba Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Chikara Ohno
  • Area: 68.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

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

Enzo. Gallery and Office / Ogawasekkei

© Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners © Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners © Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners © Masato Kawano / Nacasa & Partners

Sugamo Shinkin Bank - Nakaaoki branch / emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

M-House / TOFU

  • Architects: TOFU
  • Location: Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Site Area: 95.98sqm
  • Area: 158.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Stirling Elmendorf

© Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf © Stirling Elmendorf

Save Japan’s Modern Architecture

As preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics escalate, so do concerns regarding the preservation of the city’s heritage; and more specifically, according to Tomas Maier, Japan’s modernist architecture. The Bottega Venneta creative director recently embarked on an “urgent visit” to Japan in an effort to evaluate the city’s risk of loosing its modernist icons. With special consideration for the overlooked and threatened Hotel Okura, Maier believes that this Yoshiro Taniguchi-designed landmark is just one of many structures at risk of falling to "progress.”

Watch the video above and learn more about how you can help preserve the Hotel Okura, here