Sugamo Shinkin Bank, Ekoda Branch / Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

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Architects: Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design
Location: -ku,
Architect In Charge: Emmanuelle Moureaux
Interior Design: Emmanuelle Moureaux
General Contractor: Shiraishi Construction Corporation
Area: 57,408 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daisuke Shima

Yatsugatake Villa / MDS

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Architects: MDS
Location: -City,
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
Area: 110.01 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

A house in Kitashirakawa / Méga

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Architects: Méga
Location: Kyoto-city, Kyoto,
Architect In Charge: Dai Nagasaka
Project Team: (Dai Nagasaka, Megumi Kojima)
Area: 91.62 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kei Sugino

House in Muko / Fujiwarramuro Architects

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Architects: Fujiwarramuro Architects
Location: , Kyoto,
Project Architects: Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
Area: 100.29 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Fukasawa House / MDS

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Architects: MDS
Location: Setagaya-Ku, , Japan
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
Area: 94.82 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura

Ailereve / Yasui Hideo Atelier

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Architects: Yasui Hideo Atelier
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Yasui Hideo Atelier
Area: 18,202 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Yasui Hideo Atelier

House in Hanoura / Fujiwarramuro Architects

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Architects: Fujiwarramuro Architects
Location: , Tokushima, Japan
Project Architects: Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
Area: 95.03 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

A House in Fujimi-cho / Méga

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Architects: Méga
Location: Hiratsuka-city, ,
Architect In Charge: Dai Nagasaka
Project Team: Méga (Dai Nagasaka, Ikue Tanaka)
Area: 170.83 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Karuizawa Museum Complex / Yasui Hideo Atelier

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Architects: Yasui Hideo Atelier
Location: Karuizawa,
Area: 423 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners inc

‘The Twist’: Tokyo Olympic Stadium Competition Entry / MenoMenoPiu Architects + FHF Architectes

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Designed as not only a sports stadium, but as a city fragment, the design by MenoMenoPiu Architects + FHF Architectes is an attractor: innovative and a generator of vitality. Given the name The Twist, their proposal for the Olympic Stadium is expanding in order to better reach users’ requirements: proximity, diversity, and accessibility. Their conept, unlike other conventional stadiums, is an elliptical spiral which is gradually unrolling and forming. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Classics: Odate Dome / Toyo Ito

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The Odate Dome in the Akita Prefecture of was completed by in June 1997. The project is another example of the architect’s impressive canon, making use of cutting edge technology and bringing architecture closer to people. Seemingly floating a few meters above the ground, the dome leaves space for the people to flow in comfortably, while the use of wood is itself a way of bringing nature into architecture while adopting the latest technological advancements.

House in Hakusan / Fujiwarramuro Architects

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Architects: Fujiwarramuro Architects
Location: , Japan
Project Architects: Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
Area: 110.14 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

AD Classics: Yatsushiro Municipal Museum / Toyo Ito

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The city of is known in as a home for exemplary architecture – the legacy at least in part of Artpolis, a plan by the government of the Kumamoto Prefecture to seek out a range of talented architects to design cultural buildings in the cities of the region. Though the Artpolis scheme has been running for the past 22 years, perhaps its most successful building was completed back in 1991, with the construction of Toyo Ito‘s Yatsushiro Municipal Museum.

AD Classics: White U / Toyo Ito

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was commissioned for this building by his older sister after her husband sadly lost his battle with cancer in the 1970s. Having lived for a number of years in a high-rise apartment, she and her two young daughters wished to move to a site which had more connection to the ground; as luck would have it, the site next to Ito’s own house was being sold at the time.

Skyward House / acaa

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Architects: acaa
Location: Uenohara, Yamanashi Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Kazuhiko Kishimoto
Structural Engineer: Shin Yokoo / OUVI
Area: 408.74 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

House in Nada / Fujiwarramuro Architects

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Architects: Fujiwarramuro Architects
Location: , Hyogo,
Project Architects: Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
Area: 63.33 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

A House in Ayukawa / Méga

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Architects: Méga
Location: Ibaraki-city, , Japan
Architect In Charge: Dai Nagasaka
Project Team: (Dai Nagasaka, Ikue Tanaka)
Structural Design: Satoru Shimoyama
Area: 230.85 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kei Sugino

Video: A documentary on Toyo Ito’s Sendai Mediatheque

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One of ’s most iconic building is undoubtedly the Sendai Mediatheque. The latest Pritzker laureate completed the building in 2001, a cultural media center allowing complete visibility and transparency to the surrounding community.

French director Richard Copans made this documentary on the Sendai Mediatheque that you can’t miss. You can watch part II and III after the break. And don’t forget to check our complete coverage on the 2013 Pritzker Prize winner.