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Hakodate Jomon Culture Center / Atelier BNK

  • Architects: Atelier BNK
  • Location: Hakodate, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 1256.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Koji Sakai

© Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai

Yoshi Nursery / Tatta Architects Office

  • Architects: Tatta Architects Office
  • Location: Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Nishinihon Syabou

© Nishinihon Syabou © Nishinihon Syabou © Nishinihon Syabou © Nishinihon Syabou

"Classic Japan" Episode 3: Kagawa Prefectural Government Hall / Kenzo Tange

This installment of Vincent Hecht's "Classic Japan" series takes you through Kenzo Tange's 1958 Kagawa Prefectural Government Hall. Emulating traditional Japanese wood construction, the reinforced concrete structure forms an L-shape around a central courtyard with a connecting eight-story administrative office tower and low-rise assembly hall.

Yokoi Dental Clinic / iks design + msd-office

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  • Location: Kiyosu, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 190.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Keisuke Nakagami

© Keisuke Nakagami © Keisuke Nakagami © Keisuke Nakagami © Keisuke Nakagami

Spotlight: Kisho Kurokawa

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Kisho Kurokawa (April 8th 1934 - October 12th 2007) was one of Japan's leading architects of the 20th century, perhaps most well-known as one of the founders of the Metabolist movement of the 1960s. Throughout the course of his career Kurokawa advocated a philosophical approach to understanding architecture that was manifest in his completed projects throughout his life.

Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo. Image © Arcspace Van Gogh Museum Exposition Wing, Amsterdam. Image © Flickr CC user davesag Nagoya City Art Museum. Image © Wikimedia CC user Chris 73 Toshiba-IHI Pavilion at the 1970 Osaka Expo. Image © Flickr CC user m-louis

Harumi Residential Tower / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

  • Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Design Partners: Richard Meier, Dukho Yeon
  • Project Architect: ​Carlo Balestri
  • Area: 196200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ishiguro Photographic Institute

© Ishiguro Photographic Institute © Ishiguro Photographic Institute © Ishiguro Photographic Institute © Ishiguro Photographic Institute

House in Ningyo-cho / K+S Architects

  • Architects: K+S Architects
  • Location: Chuo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects in Charge: Nobuya Kashima, Aya Sato
  • Area: 54.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

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Smoking Room Grand Tree Musashikosugi / Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects

  • Architects: Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects
  • Location: Nakahara Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Designers: Ogawa Erika Okamoto
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  • Area: 12.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Kaku Ohtaki

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Half & Half House / Naf Architect & Design

  • Architects: Naf Architect & Design
  • Location: Setagaya, Setagaya, Tokyo 154-0017, Japan
  • Architects in Charge: Akio Nakasa (Principal Architect), Teppei Amano
  • Area: 47.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

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Toshiko Mori Calls Tokyo's At-Risk Hotel Okura "A Very Beautiful Orphan Child"

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With the planned demolition of Hotel Okura in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games fast approaching, architects and designers have rallied around the Modernist icon, calling for its preservation. In the latest and most high profile campaign, Japanese architect Toshiko Mori and Bottega Veneta's Tomas Maier have joined forces to span a breadth of platforms from a symposium held last November to an Instagram hashtag (#mymomentatokura) sharing images of the beloved hotel. Most recently, Mori sat down with Architectural Digest to discuss her passion for Hotel Okura, the origins of the campaign, and Japanese Modernism. Read the full interview and see why Mori says Hotel Okura is "a very beautiful orphan child," here

Colors / CUBO Design Architect

  • Architects: CUBO Design Architect
  • Location: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge: Hitoshi Saruta, Suguru Fujiyama, Tomonori Takauchi
  • Area: 226.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yasuno Sakata

© Yasuno Sakata © Yasuno Sakata © Yasuno Sakata © Yasuno Sakata

Video: Sou Fujimoto's Polyhedral Naoshima Pavilion Opens in Japan

Tokyo-based French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht has captured the opening of Sou Fujimoto’s polyhedral Naoshima Pavilion on the Kagawa shoreline in Japan. The inhabitable, seven-meter, white stainless steel structure is part of the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. Watch the video above for a closer look.

Miu Miu Aoyama Store / Herzog & de Meuron

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Shichigahama Tohyama Nursery / Takahashi Ippei Office

  • Architects: Takahashi Ippei Office
  • Location: Shichigahama, Miyagi District, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 1069.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

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House for Dairy Farmers / Osamu Tsukihashi + Architects Teehouse

© Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta