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 ’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 video by JA+U for a tour!

D-Apartment / SPACESPACE

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Architects: SPACESPACE
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Takanori + 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, Tokyo,
Area: 105.64 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Komada Architects’ Office

House of Bank and Roof / Masao Yahagi Architects

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

Garden Tree House / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

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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

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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 video made by JA+U Magazine.

Residence in Keisen / Masao Yahagi Architects

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

ROKU Edogawa / masatomo_kojima_auds

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Architects:
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Masatomo Kojima
Design Team: Kohei Sasakawa, Ryo Inoue
Client: Boat Race Promotion Association
Area: 382.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

S House / Komada Architects’ Office

© Toshihiro Sobajima

Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: Suginami-ku, ,
Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Consultant: Yamabe Structural Office
Area: 104.69 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

Room S / Yuichi Yoshida & associates

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Architects: Yuichi Yoshida & associates
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Yuichi Yoshida,Tatsuya Suzuki
Project Coordinator: Sumasaga-Fudosan
Contractor: TANK
Area: 60.16 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Haine Kusuki

Northern Nautilus / Takato Tamagami

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Architects: Takato Tamagami
Location: , Japan
Structural Engineering: S.FORM / Akira Ouchi
Contractor: MORINAGA Co.,Ltd.
Area: 131.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masaya Yoshimura

RIBBON / Komada Architects’ Office

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Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: -Shi, ,
Architect In Charge: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Structural Engineering: Yamabe Structural Office
Site Area: 160 sqm
Area: 172 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

Tiered Lodge / Naoi Architecture & Design Office

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Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Katsutoshi Naoi, Noriko Naoi
Area: 183.0 m2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Climber´s House / Komada Architects’ Office

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Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: Edogawa-ku, ,
Architect In Charge: akeshi Komada,Yuka Komada
Area: 176.29 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

BASE / Komada Architects’ Office

© Tomohiro Saruyama

Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: Setagaya-ku,,
Architect In Charge: Takeshi Komada,Yuka Komada
Area: 65.61 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tomohiro Saruyama

SCOPE / mA-style architects

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Architects: mA-style architects
Location: Shizuoka,
Principal Designers: Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto
Site Area: 337.15 sqm
Building Area: 72.95 sqm
Gross Total Area: 94.06 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kai Nakamura