Park and House / tonoma

Courtesy of

Architects: tonoma
Location: Shiga Prefecture,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of tonoma

The Frontier House / Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio
Location: Toyoake, Aichi Prefecture,
Architects In Charge: Shinichi Mamiya, Sho Odagiri from
Area: 101.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Ito-Biyori Cafe / ninkipen!

© Hiroki Kawata

Architects: ninkipen!
Location: , Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Yasuo Imazu
Area: 67.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

Ephemeral House / NAAD

© Keishiro Yamada

Architects: NAAD
Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture,
Design Team: Yoichiro Hayashi, Shogo Sakurai
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Keishiro Yamada

Courtyard in Kudamatsu / Container Design

© Eiji Tomita

Architects: Container Design
Location: Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Takanobu Kishimoto
Area: 104.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Eiji Tomita

The House for Contemporary Art / F.A.D.S.

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: F.A.D.S.
Location: Fukui, Fukui Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Ryumei Fujiki, Yukiko Sato
Area: 137.0 sqm
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda, Courtesy of Ryumei Fujiki, Courtesy of Yukiko Sato

Kengo Kuma Unveils “Green Hospital” for Tokyo


Traditionally, hospital environments are internalized, cut off from the natural world, and structured around efficiency, despite its affect on patient health. Moving beyond this, Kengo Kuma & Associates have unveiled plans to replaced an aging medical center in Setagaya, Tokyo, with a “modest,” “actively open” hospital centered around a landscaped courtyard garden.

Tokyo Loft / G architects

© Katsumi Hirabayashi

Architects: G architects
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Teruya Kido/ Suma-Saga-Fudosan Inc. + Ryohei Tanaka
Area: 87.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Katsumi Hirabayashi

Pergola / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: , 〒338-0836 Saitama-ken, Saitama-shi, , Machiya, 2 Chome−16−10 ヘアステージKAWAGUCHI
Architect In Charge: Satoshi Kurosaki
Area: 297.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Villa Escargot / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Takeshi Hirobe Architects
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Takeshi Hirobe
Area: 116.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

“Classic Japan” Episode 2: Sachio Otani’s Kyoto International Conference Center

The second episode in “Classic ” features the 1966 Kyoto International Conference Center by Sachio Otani. The site of the signing of the Protocol in 1997, Otani’s waterfront conference center unfurls onto nearby Lake Takaragaike via a series of concrete pathways that offset the centre’s Brutalist weight. Filmed and edited by Vincent Hecht, a French architect and film maker currently living in Tokyo, the series focuses on Japanese architecture from the 1950s to the 80s.

Before working on the conference center, Otani had previously worked in the office of Kenzo Tange, whose Yoyogi National Gymnasium was featured in the first episode of the “Classic Japan” series.

House Passage of Landscape / ihrmk

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: ihrmk
Location: , Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Masaki Ihara
Area: 99.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Ribbon Chapel / NAP Architects

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc

Architects: NAP Architects
Location: , Prefecture,
Area: 80.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc

“Classic Japan” Episode 1: Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange

From Tokyo-based French architect and film maker Vincent Hecht comes “Classic ,” a series of short films focussed on Japanese architecture from between the 1950s and 80s. 

The first installment takes viewers into Kenzo Tange‘s 1964 Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, built to house the swimming and diving events of the 1964 Summer Olympics. Completed in less than two years and seating upwards of 15,000 spectators, the Gymnasium is renowned for its suspension roof, and will host the handball competitions during Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics.

Hakemiya Nursery School / rhythmdesign + CASE-REAL

© Yoshikazu Shiraki

Architects: rhythmdesign, CASE-REAL
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kenichirou Ide, Mariko Shimada, Koichi Futatusmata, Ritsu Shibata
Area: 778.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yoshikazu Shiraki

Terrazze / AE5 partners

© Nacasa & Partners Inc

Architects: AE5 partners
Location: , Hokkaido Prefecture,
Area: 1060.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners Inc

Nest We Grow / College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Shinkenchiku-sha

Architects: , Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Hokkaido, Takinouegenya, , Monbetsu District, Hokkaido Prefecture 099-5600, Japan
Area: 85.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shinkenchiku-sha

China’s Pearl River Delta Overtakes Tokyo as World’s Largest Urban Area

The ’s urban growth in 1973 and 2003. Image © Flicker CC user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

China’s Pearl River Delta has surpassed Tokyo in both size and population, making it the largest urban area in the world, according to the World Bank. The colossal megapolis – a conglomerate of several cities, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan – is a central component to China’s manufacturing and trade industries.

It is now home to 42 million – more people than the countries of Canada, Argentina or Australia. And, considering nearly two-thirds of the East Asia region’s population (64%) is still “non-urban,” the area is expected to grow exponentially.