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How Toyo Ito is Embarking on a "New Career Epoch" With Small-Scale Community Architecture

09:30 - 18 November, 2016
How Toyo Ito is Embarking on a "New Career Epoch" With Small-Scale Community Architecture, Steel Hut, Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture in Omishima, Japan. Image © Daici Ano
Steel Hut, Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture in Omishima, Japan. Image © Daici Ano

This article was originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Toyo Ito’s Next Architectural Feat: Revitalizing Omishima Island in Japan."

Last year, as construction at his National Taichung Theater in Taiwan was winding down, Toyo Ito found himself at a crossroads.

A 10-year project in the making, the gargantuan cultural beacon is made of biomorphically curved concrete walls that wind together like a knot of arteries, creating an otherworldly experience for arts patrons. It’s every bit the landmark project you’d expect from 2013’s Pritzker Prize Laureate, but its rapidly approaching completion triggered a vital question: Where to go from here?

House in Kai / MAMM DESIGN

19:00 - 24 August, 2016
House in Kai   / MAMM DESIGN, © Daici Ano
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    265.48 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Ondo / MAMM DESIGN

03:00 - 19 August, 2016
Ondo  / MAMM DESIGN, © Daici Ano
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Area

    89.34 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Spotlight: Kengo Kuma

07:00 - 8 August, 2016
Spotlight: Kengo Kuma, Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. Image © Takeshi Yamagishi
Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. Image © Takeshi Yamagishi

Kengo Kuma (born 8th August, 1956) is one of the most significant Japanese figures in contemporary architecture. His reinterpretation of traditional Japanese architectural elements for the 21st century has involved serious innovation in uses of natural materials, new ways of thinking about light and lightness and architecture that enhances rather than dominates. His buildings don't attempt to fade into the surroundings through simple gestures, as some current Japanese work does, but instead his architecture attempts to manipulate traditional elements into statement-making architecture that still draws links with the area its built in. These high-tech remixes of traditional elements and influences have proved popular across Japan and beyond, and his recent works have begun expanding out of Japan to China and the West.

Umeda Hospital / Kengo Kuma & Associates

19:00 - 31 July, 2016
Umeda Hospital / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Daici Ano
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Spring Valley Brewery Tokyo / General Design

17:00 - 3 June, 2016
© Daici Ano
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Daikanyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0034, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Shin Ohori / General Design
  • Area

    749.32 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

ITRI Central Taiwan Innovation Campus Exterior Design / Noiz Architects

20:00 - 14 March, 2016
ITRI Central Taiwan Innovation Campus Exterior Design  / Noiz Architects, © Daici Ano
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House in Yokkaichi / SYAP

20:00 - 22 November, 2015
House in Yokkaichi  / SYAP, © Daici Ano
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Mie Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Shuji Fujita, Yuki Shinbo
  • Area

    102.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

ArchDaily Readers Debate: Brands in Architecture and BIG's Business Success

09:30 - 15 November, 2015
ArchDaily Readers Debate: Brands in Architecture and BIG's Business Success

Awards season is in full swing in the architecture world, with - among others - the World Architecture Festival and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recently handing out prizes for the best new buildings worldwide (OMA + Ole Scheeren's Interlace and Stefano Boeri's Bosco Verticale, respectively). However, it has been relatively quiet in our comments section; are we to assume that there are few strong objections to these winners?

Nevertheless, a quiet period doesn't mean there weren't some great discussions had in the comments over the past two weeks, with opinions shared on the success of BIG, the problem of negativity in architecture, and more. Read on to find out what our readers had to say.

Hitoshinaya / Ryo Matsui Architects

19:00 - 8 October, 2015
Hitoshinaya / Ryo Matsui Architects, © Daici Ano
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal 1, 3 Chome-3-2 Hanedakūkō, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0041, Japan
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

What Happens When Light Starts to Create Brand Experiences?

09:30 - 29 September, 2015
What Happens When Light Starts to Create Brand Experiences?, H&M Store in Barcelona / Estudio Mariscal. Image Courtesy of Estudio Mariscal
H&M Store in Barcelona / Estudio Mariscal. Image Courtesy of Estudio Mariscal

Global companies often exploit architectural icons to transform physical form into their desired brand reputations. To help achieve this goal, after twilight, the natural qualities of buildings have often been supplemented by architectural lighting, as the facades call unmistakeably for attention with their colorful and dynamic illumination. Representation has become the leading motivation for upgrading the lighting at headquarters and retail outlets. But when the illumination evolves into spectacular gestures, the brand identity and architecture itself starts to fade. Hence, the struggle for individuality has revived the discussion about ornament – though ornament appears now as light.

Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates. Image © Daici Ano © Diego Opazo Allianz Arena Munich by Herzog & de Meuron, Munich, Germany. Image © Allianz Arena/B. Ducke Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi by Asymptote, Abu Dhabi. Image © Viceroy Hotel Group +7

Japan's New Masters: Yuko Nagayama

09:30 - 3 September, 2015
Japan's New Masters: Yuko Nagayama, LLove. Image Courtesy of Yuko Nagayama & Associates
LLove. Image Courtesy of Yuko Nagayama & Associates

Japanese design has long had a defining impact on other cultures from all over the world; as early as the mid-nineteenth century, fashionable collectors in Europe exchanged artifacts from Japan, and Frank Lloyd Wright was famously influenced by their distinctive architecture after a trip to the country in 1905. In recent decades, Japan has been one of architecture's superpowers, producing seven Pritzker Prize laureates in under 30 years. And, while Japan's Pritzker winners are widely revered, they are far from the only players on the scene, with a new wave of young Japanese architects now emerging behind internationally acclaimed names such as Sou Fujimoto.

In this new series of interviews titled "Japan's New Masters," Ebrahim Abdoh speaks to both the established and emerging architects of Japan's dynamic architectural scene. The first interview of the series is with Yuko Nagayama, founder of Yuko Nagayama and Associates.

Teshima Yokoo House. Image © Daici Ano Gokokuya. Image Courtesy of Yuko Nagayama & Associates Katsutadai House - click image for full project. Image © Daici Ano Urbanprem Minami Aoyama - click image for full project. Image © Daici Ano +30

Apartment – House / Kochi Architect's Studio

22:00 - 27 August, 2015
Apartment – House / Kochi Architect's Studio, © Daici Ano
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kazuyasu Kochi
  • Area

    177.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Daici Ano, Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi

Tanaka Clinic / Akiyoshi Takagi & Associates

01:00 - 25 November, 2014
Tanaka Clinic / Akiyoshi Takagi & Associates, © Daici Ano
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KURO Building / KINO Architects

01:00 - 23 November, 2014
KURO Building / KINO Architects, © Daici Ano
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Science Hills Komatsu / Mari Ito + UAO

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Science Hills Komatsu / Mari Ito + UAO, © Daici Ano
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan
  • Area

    6063.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Dental Clinic in Onomichi / OISHI Masayuki & Associates

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Dental Clinic in Onomichi / OISHI Masayuki & Associates, © Toshinori Tanaka
© Toshinori Tanaka

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Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates, © Daici Ano
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