House in Shimomaruko / atelier HAKO architects

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Architects: atelier HAKO architects
Location: Shimomaruko Station, Ota, , Japan
Architects In Charge: Yukinobu Nanashima, Tomomi Sano
Area: 63.03 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of atelier HAKO architects

House in Hyogo / Shogo ARATANI Architect & Associates

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Architects: Shogo ARATANI Architect & Associates
Location: Hyogo Prefecture,
Area: 359.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shigeo Ogawa

Hiroshima Park Restrooms: Absolute Arrows / Future Studio

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: Future Studio
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge:
Structure System: RC
Structures: Takashi Fujiki, Satoshi Horie
Area: 15.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Shyo Ryu Ken, Kyobashi / STILE

© Hirokazu Matsuoka

Architects: STILE
Location: , Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Ietsugu Ohara
Area: 122.67 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hirokazu Matsuoka

Architect Floats “100 Colors” for Japanese Art Festival

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

Emmanuelle Moureaux, expert in the architecture of , has created yet another vibrant space, this time for the 2013 Shinjuku Creators Festa in Japan.

Shikiri, meaning “to divide space using colors,” is a made-up term the French architect has embraced in her art and architecture. She aims to “use colors as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, not as a finishing touch applied to surfaces.”

Light Walls House / mA-style Architects

© Kai Nakamura

Architects: mA-style Architects
Location: , Aichi Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto
Structural Engineer: Daisuke Hasegawa
Area: 266 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

House at Akatsuka / atelier HAKO architects

© Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts

Architects: atelier HAKO architects
Location: Akatsuka, Itabashi, ,
Architect In Charge: Yukinobu Nanashima + Tomomi Sano
Area: 77.51 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shinsuke Kera / Urban Arts

Pony Pediatric Dental Clinic / Masahiro Kinoshita – KINO Architects + KAMITOPEN

© Keisuke Miyamoto

Architects: Masahiro Kinoshita – KINO Architects + KAMITOPEN
Location: , Japan
Area: 170.54 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Keisuke Miyamoto, Courtesy of KINO Architects

Koya No Sumika / mA-style Architects

© Kai Nakamura

Architects: mA-style Architects
Location: , Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto
Area: 778 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

World’s First Inflatable Concert Hall Opening in Japan

Lucerne Festival Ark Nova 2013. Image Courtesy of The Telegraph

The Telegraph reports that a new inflatable concert hall dubbed “Ark Nova,” created by the British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, is to tour the region of northern Japan that was most affected by the 2011 Tsunami. The hall, which will host world-class concerts, events and workshops, has a single skin membrane that can be easily inflated or deflated as well as seating constructed from local, tsunami-damaged cedar. The opening will take place this week in the coastal town of . Learn more about the hall here.

Housing Complex Niigata / TAKUYAHOSOKAI + Hirose Architects

© Naomichi Sode

Architects: TAKUYAHOSOKAI + Hirose Architects
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Team: Takuya Hosokai, Satoshi Hasebe, James Hull (TAKUYAHOSOKAI) – Takeshi Sugisawa, Yoshio Takiguchi, Shinji Nakano ()
Area: 2,767.32 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Naomichi Sode

In Tokyo, A Vertical Farm Inside and Out

Courtesy of Kono Designs

As young people migrate to cities in ever growing numbers, so grows the concern for the future of agriculture. Prototypes for urban/vertical farms have been developed and, considering projected urban growth, seem a likely forecast for our future.

In the offices of Pasona, the future has already arrived. The based recruitment agency has dedicated 20% of their 215,000 square foot office to growing fresh vegetables, making it the largest urban farm in .

Courtyard House in Peach Garden / Takeru Shoji Architects

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Architects: Takeru Shoji Architects
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Takeru Shoji
Area: 154.5 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Murai Isamu

Alley / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Sumida, ,
Area: 102.13 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Slash / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture,
Area: 121.29 sqm
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Dear Ginza / amano design office

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Architects: amano design office
Location: Chuo, Tokyo,
Collaborators: Atorie Oica , Azzurro Architects
Area: 155.55 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: nacasa & partners Inc.

House in Akiya / Nobuo Araki

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Architects: Nobuo Araki
Location: , Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Area: 155 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Nobuo Araki, Bauhaus Neo

House in Itami / Tato Architects

© Koichi Torimura

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