Y Ballet School / y+M

20:00 - 30 August, 2015
© Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha
© Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha

© Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha +28

Apartment – House / Kochi Architect's Studio

22:00 - 27 August, 2015
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi © Daici Ano Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi +13

Fire Works Villa / TTArchitects

19:00 - 27 August, 2015
© Kei Sugino
© Kei Sugino

© Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino +13

Some Thoughts on Zaha Hadid Architects' Campaign to Win Back the Tokyo Stadium Commission

09:30 - 27 August, 2015
© Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by Methanoia
© Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by Methanoia

Zaha Hadid Architects are no longer the architects of the New National Stadium, Tokyo's headline venue for the 2020 Olympic Games. You probably already knew - ZHA have been making quite a fuss about it, with a 1,400-word statement released last month and a 23-minute video released yesterday, both arguing that scrapping their design is a bad idea.

Clearly, brevity is not one of ZHA's strong suits, so for those who don't have 30-plus minutes to chew their way through both video and statement, the basics are as follows: the official reason given by the Japanese government for scrapping the stadium has been the rising costs of the design. ZHA have countered this complaint by saying that the rising costs are not a result of their design but of an uncompetitive tender process for the construction, and of skyrocketing construction prices across the whole of Tokyo. They add that by starting the project from scratch, Japan risks overshooting their 2020 deadline for the Olympic venue.

An extra complication is added by the widespread public dislike of the stadium's design, scale and location - most notably coming in the form of a petition led by Fumihiko Maki and Toyo Ito - which has caused some to speculate that Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is secretly bowing to political pressure. In response, ZHA's video emphasized the features of the design which were either required by the brief or an attempt to respond to the context, in an attempt to absolve themselves from blame.

However, with the decision to start anew now over a month old, the question remains: will ZHA's attempts to win back the project be enough? More importantly, should this campaign be taken seriously?

© Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by Methanoia © Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by Methanoia © Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by Methanoia © Zaha Hadid Architects. Image by Methanoia +7

Lamenting the Loss of Hotel Okura, One of Tokyo's Modernist Gems

05:30 - 27 August, 2015

The news last year that the Hotel Okura, often described as one of Tokyo´s "Modernist gems," was to be demolished was met with widespread disappointment across the board. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been considered a significant architectural landmark in the Japanese capital. With only a week to go until the hotel checks out its last guest, Monocle—having been granted exclusive access—have shared with us a film to capture "the gracious ways of this much-loved building."

Slide House / y+M

22:00 - 26 August, 2015
© Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha
© Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha

© Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha © Yohei Sasakura / sasa no kurasha +34

Passive House with Sundial / Kikuma Watanabe

19:00 - 26 August, 2015
Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe
Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kasugaoka, Heguri, Ikoma District, Nara Prefecture 636-0915, Japan
  • Area

    148.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe

Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe Courtesy of Kikuma Watanabe +18

House of the Frame / S PLUS ONE architecture

22:00 - 24 August, 2015
© Astushi Isida
© Astushi Isida

© Astushi Isida © Astushi Isida © Astushi Isida © Astushi Isida +17

Housecut / Starpilots

20:00 - 23 August, 2015
© Satoshi Asakawa
© Satoshi Asakawa

© Satoshi Asakawa © Satoshi Asakawa © Satoshi Asakawa © Satoshi Asakawa +26

[ME]morial Thesis Honors 2011 Japan Earthquake Victims

09:30 - 22 August, 2015
[ME]morial #1: Air. Image Courtesy of Beomki Lee
[ME]morial #1: Air. Image Courtesy of Beomki Lee

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the coast of Japan at Sendai, damaging the Fukushima nuclear power plant, and taking over 10,000 lives. Over the past three years, only temporary memorial observances have been utilized to honor these victims in Sendai. To address this deficiency, MIT graduate student Beomki Lee has created a concept design for an innovative new memorial space called [ME]morial.

[ME]morial #2: Earth. Image Courtesy of Beomki Lee [ME]morial #3: Water. Image Courtesy of Beomki Lee [ME]morial #3: Water. Image Courtesy of Beomki Lee [ME]morial #1: Air. Image Courtesy of Beomki Lee +14

House in Fukaya / Nobuo Araki

20:00 - 19 August, 2015
© Shimizu Ken
© Shimizu Ken

© Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken +16

Oryza Nakanoshima Spinning / Naoya Matsumoto Design

20:00 - 18 August, 2015
© Takeshi Asano
© Takeshi Asano

© Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano +22

Renhouse / MTKarchitects

03:00 - 17 August, 2015
© Yuko Tada
© Yuko Tada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ina, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Akira Metoki
  • Structural Engineer

    Hidemasa Nagata
  • Area

    163.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Yuko Tada

© Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada +21

House Ageo / KASA Architects

13:00 - 15 August, 2015
© Ikunori Yamamoto
© Ikunori Yamamoto

© Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto +21

Richard Rogers Speaks Out Against Japan's Decision to Scrap Zaha Hadid Stadium

13:10 - 13 August, 2015
© Japan Sport Council
© Japan Sport Council

Last month, Japan officially scrapped plans for the controversial Zaha Hadid Architects-designed National Stadium that was intended to be the centerpiece of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Since the decision, ZHA released a statement that denied responsibility for the project's ballooning costs, saying the Japan Sport Council (JSC) has been approving the project's design and budget "at every stage."

Now, British architect Richard Rogers, who served on the jury that selected ZHA's stadium design, has joined the conversation claiming Japan has "lost their nerve" and warning that their decision to "start over from zero" will harm Japan's "reputation as a promoter of world-class architectural design."

Read on for Roger's full statement:

NYT Style Magazine Explores the Cultural Reasons Behind the Demolition of Japan's Hotel Okura

06:00 - 13 August, 2015
© Flickr CC User no_typographic_man
© Flickr CC User no_typographic_man

About a year ago, it was announced that Hotel Okura, one of Tokyo’s best-known modernist landmarks, was headed for demolition. With the impending demolition date of the hotel, deemed a “beautiful orphan child,” set for this September, an article from T: The New York Times Style Magazine’s upcoming Women’s Fashion issue looks at Japan's "ambivalent — and unsentimental — relationship with its Modernist architecture."

Kamo House / a.un architects

20:00 - 12 August, 2015
Courtesy of a.un architects
Courtesy of a.un architects

Courtesy of a.un architects Courtesy of a.un architects Courtesy of a.un architects Courtesy of a.un architects +17

Pillar Grove / Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio

22:00 - 10 August, 2015
© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +31