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: Nada, 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.

AD Classics: Tower of Winds / Toyo Ito

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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 .

Za Koenji Public Theatre / Toyo Ito by Iwan Baan

Once more, Iwan Baan shared with the Za Koenji Public Theatre by Toyo Ito in , Japan. An impressive black volume in the middle of the city of Suginami in 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

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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 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 houses 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

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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

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

House in Sanbonmatsu / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

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

Neut House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: , Japan
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,
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!