House in Itami / Tato Architects

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Architects: Tato Architects
Location: Itami, Hyogo Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Yo shimada
Area: 95 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

UNStudio Envisions Giant Observation Wheel in Japan

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Consider a social-networking experience that combines real-time amusement with an awareness of your surroundings. Dutch architecture firm, UNStudio, together with of Japan, have laid out a colossal vision that expects to attract millions of visitors to a mixed-use retail, food and beverage center anchored by an architecturally-iconic observation wheel, Nippon Moon. The concept utilizes a user’s smart phone or tablet, extending the rider’s experience far beyond the moment they physically enter one of the 32 single or double-decker capsules.

AD Classics: Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center / Kenzo Tange

Courtesy of Petr Šmídek - www.archiweb.cz

“Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.” -

In honor of what would have been Kenzo Tange’s 100th birthday, AD Classics presents one of the Japanese master’s most iconic projects – the Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center. Built in 1967, the building was the first spatial realization of Tange’s Metabolist ideas of organically-inspired structural growth, developed in the late 1950s. The Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center is far more significant than its relatively small size would suggest, encapsulating the concepts of  the new Metabolistic order in architecture and urban planning that prevailed in post-World War II Japan.

 More about this icon of after the break…. 

Green Screen House / Hideo Kumaki Architect Office

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Architects: Hideo Kumaki Architect Office
Location: Saitama,
Design Team: Hideo Kumaki (Dir), Natsuko Mashimo
Structure Engineering: Ohno Japan
Area: 130 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yukinori Okamura, Courtesy of Hideo Kumaki Architect Office, Mayuko Ebina

Hong Kong Tops Charts as World’s Most Expensive Construction Market

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EC Harris’ 2013 International Costs Report has named Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to build in. The annual study, which benchmarks building costs in 47 countries across the globe, found that relative costs have been affected by substantial fluctuations in currency throughout the year. Despite a stagnant economy, Europe has six of the top ten most expensive markets in this year’s report, reflecting the competitive challenge faced by the Eurozone. 

The top ten most expensive countries to build in are:

PacificDazzle baton / Atelier KUU

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Architects: Atelier KUU
Location: Tarumi Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture,
Design: Nobuo Kumazawa, Yuuki Kunimatsu
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Seiryo Yamada

Azuchi House / ALTS Design Office

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Architects: ALTS Design Office
Location: Prefecture, Japan
Design Team: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
Area: 88.36 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Video: Koyasan Guest House / Alphaville Architects

-based architects Kentaro Takeguchi and Asako Yamamoto of Alphaville Architects have completed a small guest house for tourists visiting the sacred Koyasan (Mt. Koya) in Wakayama Prefecture, . The 96 m2 (1,033 ft2) building contains bedrooms, capsule-style dormitory rooms, a bar, and lounge. Between the bar, hallway, and lounge, 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 timber frames are exposed inside at varying intervals to act as partitions

This video was provided by JA+U.

CAADRIA 2014 Conference

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CAADRIA 2014: The 19th International Conference of the Association of Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia is set to take place May 14-17 in Kyoto, . Hosted by Kyoto Institute of Technology, keynote speakers include Paul Richens (Professor, University of Bath), Joichi ”Joi” Ito (Director of the MIT Media Lab), and Hitoshi Abe (Chair, Professor, UCLA & Architect).

With the theme, ‘Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture,’ the conference is influenced by Buckminster Fuller’s holistic worldview as the concept of Comprehensive Design was proliferated by the publication of the Whole Earth Catalog, an American counterculture publication, by Stewart Brand in the late 1960s and early 1970s. 45 years have passed since then, and now the concept of Comprehensive Design has evolved from a utopian idea to an actualized design tool. More information after the break.

House of Kasamatsu / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

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Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Location: , Hashima District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Structure Company : Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Construction Company: ASJ Gifu Studio
Area: 113.25 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

White Cave House / Takuro Yamamoto Architects

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Architects: Takuro Yamamoto Architects
Location: Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Takuro Yamamoto
Structure Design: Yamada Noriaki Structural Design Office
: Ninomiya-Kensetsu
Area: 172.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Kawate / Keitaro Muto Architects

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Architects: Keitaro Muto Architects
Location: Gifu, Gifu Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Keitaro Muto
Structure: Timber
Collaborators: Atushi Fujio
Area: 171.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yoshiike Teruaki

F-White / Takuro Yamamoto Architects

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Architects: Takuro Yamamoto Architects
Location: city
Architect In Charge: Eiji Iwase
Structure Design: Masuda Structural Engineering Office
Construction: Nagano-Koumuten
Furniture: tallman STUDIO
Area: 122.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

House in Nanakuma / MOVEDESIGN

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Architects: MOVEDESIGN
Location: Nanakuma, Jonan Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Mikio Sakamoto
Area: 142.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yousuke Harigane

ARKHE Beauty Salon / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

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Architects: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
Location: , Prefecture,
Designer: Moriyuki Ochiai
Area: 120.0 sqm
Photographs: Atsushi Ishida

H-Orange / Takuro Yamamoto Architects

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Architects: Takuro Yamamoto Architects
Location: ,
Area: 115 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Dogsalon / Naoko Horibe

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Architects: Naoko Horibe
Location: Usa, Oita,
Area: 66.25 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yuko Tada

Haunted Play House / Torafu Architects

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Architects: Torafu Architects
Location:
Area: 173 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fuminari Yoshitsugu