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Step Tower / EASTERN Design Office

© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects: EASTERN Design Office
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Structural Engineering: IHARA STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
  • Contractor: Matsumotogumi Co., Ltd
  • Area: 384.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

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

Tower of Ring / EASTERN Design Office

  • Architects: EASTERN Design Office
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura, Courtesy of EASTERN Design Office

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

Light Thread / EASTERN design office + KAWAGUCHI & ENGINEERS

EASTERN design office + KAWAGUCHI & ENGINEERS shared with us their project, Light Thread, China Agricultural University’s Gymnasium / Wrestling Arena for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. During the Olympic Games, the wrestling arena has a 10,000-person capacity. After the Olympic Games, 4,000 temporary seats can be taken out and the interior can be refitted with three arenas, a pool, and 6000 seats to transform the space into a gymnasium complex. Since this building will come into the possession of the Chinese Agriculture University, they sought to create a condition that allows the special requirements of the Olympic Wrestling Arena and the functional features of a building for the Chinese Agriculture University to both be fulfilled in a single construction. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Keyhole House / EASTERN Design Office

  • Architects: EASTERN Design Office
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Architects: EASTERN Design Office
  • Area: 103.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

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A House Awaiting Death / EASTERN Design Office

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Mostip / EASTERN Design Office

  • Architects: EASTERN Design Office
  • Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects: EASTERN Design Office
  • Client: SPOCAZI
  • Contractor: Daihohiiragi Co., Ltd
  • Area: 113.7 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

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Horizontal House / EASTERN Design Office

  • Architects: EASTERN Design Office
  • Location: Shiga, Japan
  • Architects:  EASTERN Design Office / Anna Nakamura + Taiyo Jinno
  • Contractor:  Marusho Co. Ltd
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

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Villa Saitan / EASTERN Design Office

  • Architects: EASTERN Design Office
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Project Collaborators: HOJO Structure Research Institute
  • Client: Shigekazu Yagi
  • Constructor: Minobe Construction Corporation
  • Site Area: 301.82
  • Area: 557.7 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

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Slit House / EASTERN Design Office

© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

Designed for an 80 year old woman, EASTERN Design Office’s Slit House, a reinforced concrete residential project,  “presents her both a life space with a soft light and an interesting experience of scale unlikely in a house.”  Situated in an old Japanese city on a site 50 meters by 7.5 meters, the home has long slits that run along a 22 centimeter thick wall, making the interior space open, while providing enough privacy. More about the home and more images after the break.