Step Tower / EASTERN Design Office

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Architects: EASTERN Design Office
Location: Osaka,
Structural Engineering: IHARA STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
Contractor: Matsumotogumi Co., Ltd
Area: 384 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Tower of Ring / EASTERN Design Office

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Architects: EASTERN Design Office
Location: , China
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Light Thread / EASTERN design office + KAWAGUCHI & ENGINEERS

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EASTERN design office + KAWAGUCHI & ENGINEERS shared with us their project, Light Thread, 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.

On the Corner / Eastern Design Office

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Architects: Eastern Design Office
Location: Shiga,
Client: TOYO-KAIHATSU Co., ltd
Constructor: Okudakomuten Co., Ltd
Structure Planning: HOJO STRUCTURE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 261 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Keyhole House / EASTERN Design Office

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Architects: EASTERN Design Office
Location: ,
Project Area: 103.47 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

A House Awaiting Death / EASTERN Design Office

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EASTERN Design Office shared with us their latest project, designed for a very particular client, awaiting for his death.

You can read the complete story behind this project, with photographs by Koichi Torimrua

Mountains & Opening House / EASTERN Design Office

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Architects: EASTERN Design Office
Location: Takarazuka, Hyogo,
Client: American Club International Co, ltd
Structural Engineering: Hojo Structure Research Institute
Constructor: Fukasaka Co., Ltd
Site area: 711.46 sqm
Total floor area: 361.84 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Mostip / EASTERN Design Office

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Architects: EASTERN Design Office
Location: , Japan
Client: SPOCAZI
Contractor: Daihohiiragi Co., Ltd
Project Area: 113.70 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Horizontal House / EASTERN Design Office

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Architects: EASTERN Design Office / Anna Nakamura + Taiyo Jinno
Location: ,
Contractor: Marusho Co., Ltd
Total Floor Area: 311.50 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

MON Factory/House / EASTERN Design Office

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Architects: EASTERN Design Office + HOJO Structure Research Institute
Location: ,
Client: Morita MON factory
Site Area: 236.90 sqm
Total Floor Area: 259.78 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Villa Saitan / EASTERN Design Office

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Architects: EASTERN Design Office + HOJO Structure Research Institute
Location: Kyoto,
Client: Shigekazu Yagi
Constructor: Minobe Construction Corporation
Site Area: 301.82 sqm
Total Floor Area: 557.70 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Slit House / EASTERN Design Office

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© Koichi Torimura

Designed for an 80 year old woman, EASTERN Design Office’s Slit House, a reinforced 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.