Roji House / airscape architects studio

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: airscape architects studio
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Tsuyoshi Ando
Area: 132.06 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Frame / UID Architects

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: UID Architects
Location: ,Japan
Architect In Charge: Keisuke Maeda
Area: 57 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

House in Ueda / Case Design Studio

Courtesy of

Architects: Case Design Studio
Location: Ueda Nagano,
Architect In Charge: Yokota Norio, Kawamura Noriko
Site Area: 172 sqm
Area: 86 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Case Design Studio

House in Ofuna / LEVEL Architects

© Makoto Yoshida

Architects: LEVEL Architects
Location: ,
Area: 135.44 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Makoto Yoshida

House of Shimanto / Keisuke Kawaguchi+K2-Design

© Koji Fujii – Nacasa&Partners

Architects: Keisuke Kawaguchi+K2-Design
Location: Shimanto, Kouchi Prefecture,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koji Fujii – Nacasa&Partners

Hachioji Tree House / Airscape Architects Studio + torinuso

© Kai Nakamura

Architects: Airscape Architects Studio + 
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Tsuyoshi Ando, Kazuki Ohtomo
Area: 255 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

+ node / UID Architects

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: UID Architects
Location: Hiroshima,
Architect In Charge: Keisuke Maeda
Area: 116 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda, Courtesy of

Hiding Place / Keisuke Kawaguchi+K2-Design

© Toru Kitamura

Architects: Keisuke Kawaguchi+K2-Design
Location: Mihara City, , Japan
Year: 2013
Photographs: Toru Kitamura

Pit House / UID Architects

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners

Architects: UID Architects
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Keisuke Maeda
Area: 115 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners

Everybody Finds Somebody Someplace / htmn

© Daici Ano

Architects: htmn
Location: -shi, Tokyo
Architect In Charge: Hiroaki Takada, Nakahata Masayuki
Structure Design: Ryo Kuwako, Kuwako
Area: 3,980 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daici Ano, Courtesy of

Residence of Daisen / Keisuke Kawaguchi+K2-Design

© Koji Fujii – Nacasa&Partners

Architects: Keisuke Kawaguchi+K2-Design
Location: Daisen, Yonago City, Tottori,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Koji Fujii – Nacasa&Partners

Peanuts / UID Architects

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: UID Architects
Location: Hiroshima,
Architect In Charge: Keisuke Maeda
Area: 11874.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda, Courtesy of

FLAT 40 / Keisuke Kawaguchi+K2-Design

© Takahiro Shimokawa

Architects: Keisuke Kawaguchi+K2-Design
Location: Imabari City,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Takahiro Shimokawa, Toru Kitamura

The Future of Train Travel: Life in Hyper-Speed

a smaller prototype of the Maglev

Japan, inventor of the world’s first bullet train, recently unveiled plans for an even faster and more radical train model: a floating train, powered by magnets, that will travel 100 mph faster than current bullet (about 300 mph). The maglev train, standing for “magnetic levitation,” will run between Tokyo and Osaka, an estimated distance of 315 miles, cost $64 billion, and be completed by 2045.

has already revolutionized national and international transportation in many parts of the world - for example, China has a maglev that already goes 270mph – and now high-speed is transitioning into hyper-speed. Last year, we reported that Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and co-founder of both PayPal and Tesla Motors, shared with the public his desire to patent a new mode of transportation – the “Hyperloop” that would get passengers from San Francisco to LA in only 30 minutes.

So what might the future hold for train travel? And, more importantly, how will it affect our cities and the people who live in them?

For more on the maglev train and the future of rail, read on.

Geo Metria / Mount Fuji Architects Studio

© Kenichi Suzuki

Architects: Mount Fuji Architects Studio
Location: , Japan
Area: 123.95 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kenichi Suzuki

House M / Keiko Maita Architect

© Yoshiharu Matsumura

Architects: Keiko Maita Architect
Location: Shunan,
Architect In Charge: Keiko Maita
Area: 107 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Yoshiharu Matsumura

House in Takamatsu / Yasunari Tsukada Design

© Stirling Elmendorf

Architects: Yasunari Tsukada Design
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Yasunari Tsukada Design
Contractor: Shikoku Housing
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stirling Elmendorf

Video: Studio Beneath the Railway + Step Plaza

Beneath an elevated railway in the former red-light district of Kogane-cho, the city of Yokohama and NPO Koganecho Area Management Center commissioned five architects to transform a 100 to 150 square meter site into what is now a destination for local artists and residents. Each practice – , Studio 2A, Workstation, Koizumi Atelier, and Nishikura Architectural Design Office – was assigned a single project, providing the community with a gallery, cafe, studio, meeting hall for artists, and stepped outdoor plaza. Tour through each space with this video, provided by JA+U