Mama Smile / Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

Architects: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design
Location: , Ibaraki Prefecture,
Area: 459.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

Complex / FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects

© Yoshihiro Asada

Architects: FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Shiga Prefecture,
Area: 362.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Yoshihiro Asada

Hybrid Wooden House / Architecture Studio Nolla

© Yosuke Harigane

Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Atsushi Takano + Makiko Takano
Structural Engineer: Hf Structural Design / Hiroshi Fukuyama
Area: 104.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Yosuke Harigane, Courtesy of Architecture Studio Nolla

Vision Atelier / Takehiko Nez Architects

© Tomohiro Saruyama

Architects: Takehiko Nez Architects
Location: Yamanashi Prefecture,
Contractor: M’s-A
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tomohiro Saruyama

Checkered House / Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office
Location: Tokyo,
Area: 118.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

JR Onagawa Station / Shigeru Ban Architects

© Hiroyuki Hirai

Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects
Location: Station, Onagawahama, , Oshika District, Miyagi Prefecture 986-2261, Japan
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

Light Cave / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

© Tetsu Hiraga

Architects: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
Location: Tokyo,
Constructor: aslego
Area: 96.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tetsu Hiraga

TER house / Kikumi Kusumoto | Ks ARCHITECTS

© Katsuzi Matsuo

Architects: Kikumi Kusumoto | Ks ARCHITECTS
Location: , Aichi Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Kikumi Kusumoto
Project Team: Kikumi Kusumoto, Yusuke Shimizu
Area: 142.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Katsuzi Matsuo

Passo Novita / Oska&Partners

© kentahasegawa

Architects: Oska&Partners
Location: Midorigaoka, , Chiba Prefecture 276-0049,
Collaborators: LGROW lighting planning room
Area: 497.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: kentahasegawa

An Interactive Look at Japan’s Tall Building History

’s tallest skyscraper, Abeno Harukas. Image © Hisao Suzuki

A new research study conducted by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), entitled Tall Buildings in Numbers – Japan: A History of Tall Innovations, examines the evolution of tall buildings in Japan since the 1960s. The study highlights key innovations in Japan’s skyline through a compilation of graphic representations, including a timeline of notable highrises, a scatterplot of towers over 150 meters and annual construction rates, and a comparison of skyscraper density with regional populations.

View the interactive charts after the break.

Farmhouse / Minako Wakasa

© Yoshihiro Asada

Location: Shiga Prefecture,
Collaborator: Motoaki Sano
Site Area: 359,48m²
Area: 156.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yoshihiro Asada

Towada Community Plaza / Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Kenta Hasegawa

Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: , Aomori Prefecture,
Construction: Atsushi Sato structural design firm
Area: 1875.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kenta Hasegawa

KOU-AN Glass Tea House / Tokujin Yoshioka

© Yasutake Kondo

Architects: Tokujin Yoshioka
Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture,
Year: 2015
Photographs: Yasutake Kondo, Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

Video: House N by Sou Fujimoto

French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht recently revisited Sou Fujimoto‘s House N, seven years after its completion, as part of his ongoing Japanese Collection series. Nestled within a traditional Oita neighborhood, the renowned family home resembles ”living among the clouds,” as Fujimoto once described. A rich layering of space carefully eliminates the notion of distinct boundaries, allowing a subtle shift in program to place a heightened awareness on the spaces in-between.

MA of Wind / Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect & Associates

© Kaori Ichikawa

Architects: Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect & Associates
Location: , Okinawa Prefecture,
Area: 84.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kaori Ichikawa

Circle House / Kichi Architectural Design

© Ippei Shinzawa

Architects: Kichi Architectural Design
Location: Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture,
Year: 2015
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

Framing House / FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects

© Yoshihiro Asada

Architects: FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Shiga Prefecture,
Area: 127.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Yoshihiro Asada

Panscape / ninkipen!

© Hiroki Kawata

Architects: ninkipen!
Location: , Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Yasuo Imazu
Area: 43.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata