House in the suburb of Osaka / ANDO Corporation

© Kenshi Noguchi

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

House-T / Tsukano Architect Office

© Kenichi Asano

Architects: Tsukano Architect Office
Location: Miyazaki,
Architect In Charge: Michiya Tsukano
Area: 108 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kenichi Asano

Sundial House / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Hironaka Ogawa
Area: 147.51 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: OGA, Daici Ano

Diamond House / Masao Yahagi Architects

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Masao Yahagi Architects
Location: Sano, Tochigi,
Area: 145.08 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

LW House / Komada Architects’ Office

© Takeshi Komada

Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: Edogawa-ku, ,
Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Consultant: Yamabe Structural Office
Area: 107.97 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Takeshi Komada

3rd LIXIL International University Architectural Competition

Courtesy of LIXIL JS Foundation

Organized by the LIXIL JS Foundation, the 3rd LIXIL International University Architectural Competition invites university research laboratories from around the world for a site-specific challenge, with this year’s theme of ‘Retreat in Nature”. The site is Memu Meadows in Taiki-cho, , , which is composed of experimental sustainable projects including Même by architect Kengo Kuma. Calling for innovative solutions for sustainable architecture, the winning team  is invited to construct the project on the site. The deadline for submissions is March 29. For more information, please visit here.

Video: Water / Cherry by Kengo Kuma Associates

The Water / Cherry House by Japanese firm Kengo Kuma Associates is located on a cliff along one of Japan’s many beautiful coastlines. The home is a series of separate enclosures connected by open-air walkways that run between water and rock landscapes, fusing interior and exterior spaces into one. Various screens in the house can be opened to further connect living spaces with the outdoors, exposing panoramic vistas onto the home’s lush, peaceful surroundings to create a structure that is truly in tune with its natural environment. Check out this by JA+U for a tour!

D-Apartment / SPACESPACE

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: SPACESPACE
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Takanori Kagawa + Junko Kishigami
Area: 240 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

CLW / Komada Architects’ Office

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Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: Meguro-ku, ,
Area: 105.64 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Komada Architects’ Office

House of Bank and Roof / Masao Yahagi Architects

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Masao Yahagi Architects
Location: Yamaguchi,
Area: 93.8 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Garden Tree House / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

© Daici Ano

Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Hironaka Ogawa
Area: 50.9 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano, Courtesy of

KAP / Komada Architects’ Office

© Toshihiro Sobajima

Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: -ku, Tokyo,
Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Consultant: Yasushi Moribe
Area: 140.18 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

Video: Izu Book Cafe / Atelier Bow-Wow

Two Izu retirees hired architects Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima to design them a home equipped with a neighborhood bookshop and cafe. The Japanese practice stepped up to the challenge and constructed an elegant, curved structure whose white walls and wooden ceiling hug the hundred degree undulating street on which its located and embraces the wooded forest it backs to. The home – which features two bedrooms, a kitchen, cafe, bookshop and atelier – is accessed beneath a bridged part of the structure and organized as a sequence. Take a tour through this interesting space with this short made by JA+U Magazine.

Residence in Keisen / Masao Yahagi Architects

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Masao Yahagi Architects
Location:
Area: 134.77 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Koichi Torimura, Courtesy of