House in Gokurakuji / Kawabe Naoya Architects

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Architects: Kawabe Naoya Architects
Location: , Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Area: 70 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shinkenchiku-sha

Kobato Nursery School / so1architect

© Kai Nakamura

Architects: so1architect
Location: Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Soichi Yamasaki
Area: 1,098 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture’s Installation of Floating, Perforated Membranes

© Issei Mori

Japanese firm Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture‘s “Fusionner 1.0″ was on display this past March at the White Gallery Cube in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. The installation consisted of two horizontal floating membranes stretched across a simple rectilinear room, dividing the space vertically into three sections.

House In Iizuka / Rhythmdesign

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Rhythmdesign
Location: Rakuichi, Iizuka, Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Kenichiro Ide
Design Team: Kenichiro Ide, Mariko Shimada
Area: 69 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Wine & Sweets Tsumons / CASE-REAL

© Hiroshi Mizusaki

Architects: CASE-REAL
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architects In Charge: Koichi Futatusmata, Tomoki Katada
Area: 65 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroshi Mizusaki

Style Bakery / SNARK

© Ippei Shinzawa

Architects: SNARK
Location: Hamamatsucho, , Gunma, Japan
Architects In Charge: Sunao Koase,Yu Yamada
Area: 280.0 sqm
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

House in Tomigusuku / Rhythmdesign

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Rhythmdesign
Location: Tomigusuku, Okinawa Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Kenichiro Ide
Design Team: Kenichiro Ide, Yuta Kinai
Area: 64 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Tokyo’s Modernist Gem, Hotel Okura, To Be Demolished

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Talk about Modernist Japanese architecture, and you can hardly fail to bring up Tokyo‘s Hotel Okura. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been a landmark not only for the city, but for Japan. Now, however, the hotel’s owners have decided that the main building for the hotel will be demolished in September of 2015, with a new hotel taking its place. To learn more – including how to sign the petition for preservation – keep reading after the break.

KORO House / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

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Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Location: Toyota, Aichi Prefecture,
Area: 68 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Sunomata / Keitaro Muto

© Teruaki Yoshiike

Architects: Keitaro Muto
Location: Ogaki, Misasa, Tohaku District, Tottori Prefecture,
Area: 186 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Teruaki Yoshiike

Mino Nursery School 7 / Atelier Zo

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Architects: Atelier Zo
Location: , Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Area: 473.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Kosei Kumoyama, Keiko Hirota, Sawazaki Kensetsu, Atelier ZO

House in Nishimikuni / Arbol Design

© Yasunori Shimomura

Architects: Arbol Design
Location: Nishimikuni, , Osaka, Japan
Area: 92 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yasunori Shimomura

House for Viewing the Mountain / Kawashima Mayumi Architects Design

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: Kawashima Mayumi Architects Design
Location: Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Mayumi Kawashima
Area: 109.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Cosmic / UID

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: UID
Architect In Charge: Keisuke Maeda
Area: 611 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda, Courtesy of

Steven Holl Named 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

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The Japan Art Association (JAA) has named American architect Steven Holl as the 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate for Architecture. Holl will be honored at a ceremony in Tokyo on October 15th. The jury’s citation states that Holl’s ”works are internationally highly regarded, primarily as a result of his philosophy regarding the unification of the “experience” of space, as depicted by color and light, with the history and culture of each site of construction.”

Since its inauguration in 1989, the annual global arts award has recognised “outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts” in the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theater/film. Only a small handful of architects have received this award, including James Stirling, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Richard Rogers, Jean Nouvel, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor, David Chipperfield, and Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.

House in Otori / Arbol Design

© Yohei Sasakura

Architects: Arbol Design
Location: , Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Area: 86 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yohei Sasakura

Shonen Junk / studio 201

© Kenta Hasegawa (OFP)

Architects: studio 201
Location: , 〒150-0001 Tokyo, , Jingumae, 5 Chome−2−25 5・2・25ビル
Interior Design: Manabu Okano[studio201](Architect)
Area: 103.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kenta Hasegawa (OFP)

Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab / Naruse Inokuma Architects

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: Naruse Inokuma Architects
Location: 178 Wakashiba, , Chiba, Japan
Art Direction: LEMONLIFE & CO
Area: 2576.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa