MARK Magazine #51

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Articles on ’s building boom often highlight the property bubble, megalomaniac planners, governmental corruption and private graft, substandard building practices and the destruction of the nation’s cultural heritage.

In Mark #51, we interviewed four Chinese architects on four aspects of China’s building practices to reveal the mechanisms at the foundation of this unedifying image. Li Hu offers his thoughts on architecture, Liu Yuyang on urban planning, Li Xiaodong on aesthetics and Liu Jiakun on construction processes. What can we learn from their experience?

House in Komae / architect cafe

© Satoshi Asakawa

Architects: architect cafe
Location: Tokyo,
Area: 154.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Satoshi Asakawa

Rain Shelter House / y+M

© Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

Architects: y+M
Location: , 〒683-0805 Tottori Prefecture, Yonago, Nishifukubara, 6 Chome−2−45 SANロイヤル
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

P2Villa Shinsyo / Szki Architects

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Architects: Szki Architects
Location: Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture,
Area: 66.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Katsuya Suzuki’

Japanese and Chilean Architects Collaborate to Design Houses for the Ochoalcubo Project

Ochoalcubo (Eight-Cubed) is a pioneering project in Chile that seeks to unite leading Chilean and Japanese practices with ground-breaking architecture. The collaborative enterprise was started by Eduardo Godoy, a design impresario who began working in Chile in the 1980s and who has always been a strong advocate for innovative design and architecture in the country. For a nation that boasts more than forty individual schools of architecture, the ever growing number of professionals seems to have had a relatively small impact on Chilean cities. Faced with the seemingly infinite landscape of ‘cookie-cutter housing’ in the suburbs, Godoy implemented Ochoalcubo in order to provide opportunities for young professionals, alongside fostering a new kind of appreciation for the profession itself. With a large number of architects having taken part in the first stage, including Smiljan Radic (designer of the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion), the third and fourth stage of what is certainly one of the world’s largest active architectural laboratories will be launched in the coming days.

See images from all sixteen proposals from third and fourth stages of the Ochoalcubo project, including those by SANAASou FujimotoKengo KumaAlejandro Aravena and Atelier Bow Wow, after the break.

North Garden House / y+M

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Architects: y+M
Location: , , Japan
Photographs: Courtesy of y+M design office

S Gallery & Residence / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: Mie Prefecture,
Area: 173.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Why Not Hand A Hermit Crab a Shelter?

© Aki Inomata

How could hermit crabs teach us a lesson about world peace? In her project, titled, “Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?” Japanese media design Aki Inomata is inspired by hermit crabs’ peaceable exchange of their shells, a metaphor for the peaceful exchange of land between countries. Exploring the theme further, she designs new shelters in the shape of world cities, and provides new homes for the crabs which represent the abstract perception of changing nationalities and identities.

Orandajima House Community Centre / Martin van der Linden + Ayumu Ota + Yuko Kawakita

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Architects: Martin van der Linden, Ayumu Ota,
Location: Yamada, Shimohei District, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Area: 196.0 sqm
Photographs: Josh Lieberman, Courtesy of Martin van der Linden + Ayumu Ota + Yuko Kawakita

Japanese Artist Hand-Crafts Intricate Three Dimensional Paperscapes

© Katsumi Hayakawa

Japanese  Katsumi Hayakawa’s “Paperworks” explores the impression of architectural density through delicate three-dimensional installations. The intricate sculptures were all hand-crafted piece by piece out of paper and glue, creating an awe-inspiring assemblage of multi-layered urban conditions at different scales. For more information and images, keep reading after the break.

House of a Backstage / y+M

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Architects: y+M
Location: Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture,
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners

Ryo Yamada’s Installation Connects Garden Goers to the Sky

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Ryo Yamada‘s “Air Garden” installation is a passage, but not in the traditional sense of the word. It’s not a passage that connects one point to another, since the walkway does not lead to a tangible destination, but rather a passage that connects an enclosed garden to the vastness of the open sky. The artist believes everyone shares a common desire for the sky, which represents freedom and equality. Read on after the break for more information, images and a video.

SPIRAL / Be-Fun Design

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Architects: Be-Fun Design
Location: , Ehime Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Tsuyoshi Shindo
Area: 47.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

IZAMA / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

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Architects: Yuko Nagayama & Associates
Location: , Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nobutada Omote

O Residence / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: Tokyo,
Area: 298.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Fusionner2.0-Paper cave / Kotaro Horiuchi

© Issei Mori

Architects: Kotaro Horiuchi
Location: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Issei Mori, Courtesy of Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture, Mitsuru Narihara

Transustainable House / SUGAWARADAISUKE

© Jérémie Souteyrat

Architects: SUGAWARADAISUKE
Location: Chofu, Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Daisuke Sugawara, Noriyuki Ueakasaka, Hiroshi Narahara
Design Development: SUGAWARADAISUKE
Area: 38.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jérémie Souteyrat

K5-House / Architect Show

© Toshihisa Ishii

Architects: Architect Show
Location: , Fukuoka Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Masahiko Sato
Area: 135.0 sqm
Photographs: Toshihisa Ishii