AD Classics: Tower of Winds / Toyo Ito

© Tomio Ohashi

The Tower of Winds is a project largely indicative of ’s approach to architecture, particularly his belief in the importance of and its vital role in the future of architecture. The project not only embraces and involves it in a dialogue with the city, but also establishes a direct symbolic relationship between nature and the installation.

Flashback: Sendai Mediatheque / Toyo Ito

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With the intentions of designing a transparent cultural media center that is supported by a unique system to allow complete visibility and transparency to the surrounding community, the by Toyo Ito is revolutionary in it’s engineering and aesthetic.

Six steel-ribbed slabs slabs, each 15-3/4″ thick, appear to float from the street, supported by only thirteen vertical steel lattice columns that stretch from ground plane to the roof. This striking visual quality that is one of the most identifiable characteristics of the project is comprable to large trees in a forest, and function as light shafts as well as storage for all of the utilities, networks and systems.

More on the Sendai Mediatheque by after the break.

Tama Art University Library / Toyo Ito by Iwan Baan

Once again, Iwan Baan shared with us another impresive photoset. This time, we are presenting the Tama Art University Library in Tokyo, , by Toyo Ito.

Za Koenji Public Theatre / Toyo Ito by Iwan Baan

Once more, Iwan Baan shared with the Za Koenji Public Theatre by Toyo Ito in Tokyo, . An impressive black volume in the middle of the city of Suginami in Tokyo and managed by Creative Theatre Network (CTN), a non-profit organization led by president Ren Saito.

You can see the complete photoset on Iwan’s website.

A House in Kamigamo / Méga

© Kei Sugino

Architects: Méga
Location: Kyoto-city, Kyoto,
Architect In Charge: Dai Nagasaka
Design Team: Dai Nagasaka, Ikue Tanaka (former staff)
Site Area: 245 sqm
Area: 134 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kei Sugino

House Vision 2013 Exhibition Hits Tokyo

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Graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara has put together a three week-long exhibition in Tokyo focusing on the future of the Japanese house. Hara argues that the housing industry can no longer be isolated but must be combined with other industries, technologies and ideas, including energy, transportation, communication, household appliances, the “vision of happiness” pursued by adults, the representation of Japanese traditions and aesthetics as well as a future vision of health. All of these elements he hopes to present and discuss at the House Vision Exhibition where more than ten types of futuristic are on display and daily seminars with expert urban planners, developers, contractors, architects, telecom and even gas organizations have been taking place.

Read more about the exhibition after the break.

House in Sayo / Fujiwarramuro Architects

© Yano Toshiyuki

Architects: Fujiwarramuro Architects
Location: Hyogo,
Project Architect: Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
Site Area: 262.53 sqm
Building Area: 82.78 sqm
Area: 81.26 sqm
Photographs: Yano Toshiyuki

ST-House / PANDA

© Hiroyuki Hirai

Architects: PANDA
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Kozo Yamamoto
Area: 62.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

House in Sanbonmatsu / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

© Daici Ano

Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: Kagawa ,
Area: 253.03 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Daici Ano

Neut House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 115 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Chiyodanomori Dental Clinic / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: Gunma ,
Area: 383.31 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Daici Ano

Slide / Komada Architects’ Office

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Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: -ku, Tokyo, Japan
Area: 748.65 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Komada Architects’ Office

Video: House T / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

House T, designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, is a unique two person house and office located in TokyoJapan. Considering the house is only accessible by a narrow alley and is surrounded on all sides by other buildings, the space was a major challenge for this design. However, the house turned out to be surprisingly airy and open thanks to having only one central column supporting catwalk floors that frame the limited space instead of occupying it. Each floor can be navigated using 4.6 foot tall openings and floors are connected by a stair or ladder, one of which leads to a roof terrace. Take a look at this video by JA+U and our earlier article for a better understanding of this novel space!

House in the suburb of Osaka / ANDO Corporation

© Kenshi Noguchi

Architects: ANDO Corporation
Location: Osaka,
Architect In Charge: Yoshiaki Nagasaka
Lighting: Yasuyo Suzuki
Area: 673.47 sqm
Photographs: Kenshi Noguchi

Forest Chapel / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

© Daici Ano

Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: Gunma,
Architect In Charge: Hironaka Ogawa
Area: 135.23 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Daici Ano

Pleats.M / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

© Daici Ano

Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: Saitama,
Architect In Charge: Hironaka Ogawa
Area: 1,398.89 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daici Ano

Y-3 / Komada Architects’ Office

© Toshihiro Sobajima

Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: Shibuya-ku, ,
Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Consultant: Yasushi Moribe
Area: 326.6 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

Rooms / Ando Corporation

© Kimikazu Tomizawa

Architects: ANDO Corporation
Location: Wakayama,
Architect In Charge: Yoshiaki Nagasaka
General Contractors:
Area: 288.22 sqm
Photographs: Kimikazu Tomizawa