Organized by the LIXIL JS Foundation, the 3rd LIXIL International University Architectural Competition invites university research laboratories from around the world for a site-specific challenge, with this year’s theme of ‘Retreat in Nature”. The site is Memu Meadows in Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, Japan, which is composed of experimental sustainable projects including Même by architect Kengo Kuma. Calling for innovative solutions for sustainable architecture, the winning team is invited to construct the project on the site. The deadline for submissions is March 29. For more information, please visit here.
For Jun Igarashi Architects latest residence, the Japanese firm designed a light yet dynamic house nestled east of Hokkaido. Fit for a family of four, the two story 150 square meter house bundles the necessities into zones located in the front of the residence, so the remaining floor area becomes a flexible and open living space. Within this broader space, long layered slices of the floor plan define different programmatic elements, such as the sun room and dining room, visually separating the spaces. With these slices, the residence becomes a linear compilation that is literally layered from one end to the other.
More about the residence after the break.