House in Shintou / SNARK + OUVI

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Architects: SNARK , Ouvi
Location: Shinto, Kitagunma District, Gunma Prefecture,
Architects In Charge: Sunao Koase, Shin Yokoo
Area: 58.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

Save Japan’s Modern Architecture

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As preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics escalate, so do concerns regarding the of the city’s heritage; and more specifically, according to Tomas Maier, ’s modernist architecture. The Bottega Venneta creative director recently embarked on an “urgent visit” to in an effort to evaluate the city’s risk of loosing its modernist icons. With special consideration for the overlooked and threatened Hotel Okura, Maier believes that this Yoshiro Taniguchi-designed landmark is just one of many structures at risk of falling to “progress.”

Watch the video above and learn more about how you can help preserve the Hotel Okura, here.

BLOOM / Hiroyuki Ito Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Ito Architects
Location: , , Japan
Area: 524.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Makoto Yoshida

Mukawa House / Studio Aula

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Architects: Studio Aula
Location: , Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Mitsuru Yoshida,Kyoko Hoshina
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

Nagasawa Dental Clinic / TYRANT

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Architects: TYRANT
Location: Hachioji, ,
Architect In Charge: Kunihiko Matsuba
Area: 213.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Taishi Hirokawa

ISANA / Niko Design Studio

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Architects: Niko Design Studio
Location: Musashino, , Japan
Design Team: Taketo Nishikubo
Area: 217.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Taketo Nishikubo, Masaya Yoshimura, Shinkenchiku-sha

House IM / Miyahara Architect Office

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Architects: Miyahara Architect Office
Location: Gunma,
Architect In Charge: Teruo Miyahara, Naoko Taniguchi
Area: 92.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

100 Office / Shimizu Corporation

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Architects: Shimizu Corporation
Location: 2 Chome-5-1 Mishima, , Ōsaka-fu, Japan
Area: 3753.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of 100 Office

Ecotone Hotel In Biwako – Sound Of Wind / Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects

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Architects: Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects
Location: Mizuhocho, Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture,
Area: 1348.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kaori Ichikawa

Tsukiji Room H / Yuichi Yoshida & associates

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Architects: Yuichi Yoshida & associates
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Yuichi Yoshida, Satoru Ando
Produce: Suma-Saga-Fudosan Inc. 
Area: 47.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Katsumi Hirabayashi

OH! House / Takeru Shoji Architects

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Architects: Takeru Shoji Architects
Location: Chuo Ward, Niigata, Niigata Prefecture,
Area: 107.7 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Koichi Satake

Will Shimizu Corporation’s Futuristic Deep-Sea City Concept Sink or Swim?

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Now is the time for us to create a new interface with the deep sea, the earth’s final frontier,” says a brochure from Japanese development company Shimizu Corporation, presenting their outlandish proposal for the Ocean Spiral: a deep sea colony that can supposedly provide for up to 5,000 people in its 500m wide tethered sphere.

The proposal describes the Ocean Spiral as “safer and more comfortable” than existing land-based cities, thanks to the near constant temperature enabled by the ocean, the fact that it will be unaffected by typhoons or earthquakes, and the hope that the city’s methods of oxygen generation will enable higher concentrations of oxygen then are found in the Earth’s atmosphere.

House in Chiharada / Studio Velocity

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Architects: Studio Velocity
Location: Chiharada Kōryūjichō, Okazaki-shi, Aichi-ken,
Area: 55.0 sqm
Photographs: Kentaro Kurihara

House Higashi-Kubancho / Kazuya Saito Architects

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Architects: Kazuya Saito Architects
Location: Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture,
Area: 105.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yasuhiro Takagi

SUMIYOSHIDO kampo lounge / id inc.

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Architects: id inc.
Location: Aichi Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Seiji Oguri, Yohei Oki
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of © id inc.

White Hut and Tilia Japonica / Takahashi Maki and Associates

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Architects: Takahashi Maki and Associates
Location: Saitama, Saitama Prefecture,
Architects In Charge: Takahashi Maki, Shiokami Daisuke
Area: 20.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: shigeta satoshi/nacasa&partners inc

Tanaka Clinic / Akiyoshi Takagi & Associates

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Architects: Akiyoshi Takagi & Associates
Location: , Shizuoka,
Area: 498.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Daici Ano

Mirrors / bandesign

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Architects: bandesign
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Hisanori Ban Terashima kazumoto
Area: 99.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shigetomo Mizuno