Ridge Apartment Complex in Gunma / SNARK + OUVI

© Ippei Shinzawa

Architects: SNARK + OUVI
Location: Takasaki city, Japan
Project team: Sunao Koase, Yu Yamada, Shin Yokoo
Structural Engineer: Shin Yokoo ()
Landscape: Atsuo Ota / Acid Nature 0220 
Completion: 2012
Project Area: Site area 708.75 sqm (W) + 679.68 sqm (E)
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa


Static Quarry / Ikimono Architects

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Constructed solely out of concrete this design by Ikimono Architects serves as a multi-family dwelling. The various openings and closing allow a range of interactions between the residents, and create shifting moments of light.

Architect: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
Location: Gunma,
Planning: TTA Inc.
Structural Engineers: Structural Design firm Accurate
Landscape: Atsuo Ota / ACID NATURE 0220
General Contractors: Hashizume Industrial Inc.
Design: 2009.12 – 2010.8
Construction: 2010.9 – 2011.4
Structure: Reinforced concrete
Site area: 624.56 sqm
Building area: 329.92 sqm
Floor area: 659.84 sqm
Use: Apartment
Roof: Reinforced concrete
Exterior: Reinforced concrete
Photographs: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects

Hirozakari Sake Brewery / Kunihiko Matsuba + Ksuke Fukushima

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Architects: Kunihiko Matsuba
Location: Gunma, Japan
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tomoki Hirokawa

Airy house / Ikimono Architects

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This part-café/part-house by Ikimono Architects revolves around the relationship between the outside and inside. The client specifically requested that everything start from the connection to the outside. The strong but simple exterior is comprised of two rectangular forms that sit perpendicular to each other. Each of these forms takes on a different program to accommodate the dual needs of the client.

Architect: Takashi Fujino/Ikimono Architects
Location: Gunma, Japan
General Contractor: Capital Woods Inc.
Design Year: 2008-2009
Structure: Timber frame construction
Use: Dwelling with shop
Roof: Galvalume steel plate roofing
Exterior: Keystone plate
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: Area: 181.49 sqm floor area, 119.24 sqm building area, 249.61 sqm site area
Photographs: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects