Architect Floats “100 Colors” for Japanese Art Festival

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Emmanuelle Moureaux, expert in the architecture of color, has created yet another vibrant space, this time for the 2013 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

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Architects: mA-style Architects
Location: , Aichi Prefecture, Japan
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

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Architects: atelier HAKO architects
Location: Akatsuka, , , Japan
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

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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

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Architects: mA-style Architects
Location: Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture,
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 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 Matsushima. Learn more about the hall here.

Housing Complex Niigata / TAKUYAHOSOKAI + Hirose Architects

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Architects: TAKUYAHOSOKAI + Hirose Architects
Location: Niigata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Team: Takuya Hosokai, Satoshi Hasebe, James Hull () – 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 in Japan.

Courtyard House in Peach Garden / Takeru Shoji Architects

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

Alley / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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

Slash / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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

House in Itami / Tato Architects

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Architects: Tato Architects
Location: , 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

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“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 .

 More about this icon of Metabolism 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: