Shigeru Ban Selected to Design Mount Fuji World Heritage Center

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Shigeru Ban was pulled from a selection of 238 competitors as the “best person” to design the new World Heritage Center in the Shizuoka Prefecture of . The 4,300 square meter structure is expected to cost up to ¥2.4 billion and complete in the year 2016. We will keep you posted as more details become available.

Shirokane House / MDS

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Architects: MDS
Location: Minato, Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
Site Area: 64.49 sqm
Area: 102 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Forward Stroke inc.

SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: 3 Chome-10-20 Minamiaoyama, , Tokyo, Japan
Design Team: Kengo Kuma, Kenji Miyahara, Hiroaki Akiyama, Yuteki Dozono, Masahiro Minami
Area: 293.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daici Ano, Courtesy of

Hinanai Village House / DYGSA

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Architects: DYGSA
Location: Hiroshima,
Area: 91.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of DYGSA

4n House / ninkipen!

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Architects: ninkipen!
Location: Ikoma, Nara,
Architect In Charge: Yasuo Imazu
Area: 118 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

House in Kitakarasuyama / Mizuishi Architect Atelier

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Architects: Mizuishi Architect Atelier
Location: Setagaya, Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Kota Mizuishi
Area: 91 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroshi Tanigawa

House in Yokawa / Mosaic Design

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Architects: Mosaic Design
Location: , Japan
Design Team: Ko Nakamura, Yurika Orita
Constructor: Yamamoto Komuten
Area: 253.43 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Takeshi Yamagishi

Agui House / ALTS Design Office

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Architects: ALTS Design Office
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
Area: 121 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen! + TKY JAPAN

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Architects: ninkipen! + TKY
Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Architects In Charge: Toshikatsu Ienari, Kenta Fukunishi, Yasuo Imazu/
Area: 61 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroki kawata

Room 211 Hotel T’Point / Mifune Design Studio

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Architects: Mifune Design Studio
Location: Chuo Ward, , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Yasutoshi Mifune
Area: 42 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Yasunori Shimomura

Krampon House / Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates

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Architects: Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates
Location: ,
Area: 136 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yutaka Kinumaki

O Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen!

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Architects: ninkipen!
Location: Ōgaki, Gifu,
Architect In Charge: Yasuo Imazu
Area: 172 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

The Freakonomics Podcast Tackles the Question: Why Is Japan Crazy About Housing?

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Freakonomics has just posted a fascinating new podcast that takes on the question posed by Alastair Townsend in our AD original article: “Why Japan is Crazy About Housing.” The podcast consults with Townsend and economic experts to present a thought-provoking answer to the puzzling question of why builds architecture that is avant-garde and yet, ultimately, disposable. The answer may just surprise you. Listen to the whole podcast here:

House M / Teppei Fujiwara Architects Labo

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Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Teppei Fujiwara
Area: 102.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Sadao Hotta

House For Seven People / mnm

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Architects: mnm
Location: Marunouchi, , Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Mio Tsuneyama, Madeleine Kessler
Area: 78 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sadao Hotta, Morinaka Yasuaki

Double Circular Rings in Todoroki / Teppei Fujiwara Architects Labo

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Architects: Teppei Fujiwara Architects Labo
Location: , Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Teppei Fujiwara
Area: 85 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Yamagishi, Muraguchi

House in Kawanishi / Tato Architects

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Architects: Tato Architects
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Yo shimada
Area: 107 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shinkenchiku Sha

SISII / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

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Architects: Yuko Nagayama & Associates
Location: , Hyogo Prefecture,
Area: 144.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano