Villa 921 / harunatsu-archi

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Architects: harunatsu-archi
Location: , Iriomote-Jima, Japan
Design Team: Shoko Murakaji, Naoto Murakaji
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 73,44 sqm
Statics: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

W Window House / Alphaville Architects

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Architects: Alphaville Architects
Location: Kyoto,
Project Year:
Photographs: Courtesy of Alphaville Architects

MR_DESIGN Office / Schemata Architects

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Architects: Schemata Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Jo Nagasaka
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Seaside Retreat Hayama / YJP architecture

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Architects: YJP architecture
Location: Kanagawa Prefecture,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: 45g Photography

IO / Osamu Morishita

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Architects: Osamu Morishita
Location: Anjo, Aichi,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 125 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Osamu Morishita

Sayama Flat / Schemata Architects

 

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Architects: Schemata Architects
Location: . Saitama Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Jo Nagasaka
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 2,227.24 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota

House in Okusawa / Schemata Architects

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Architects: Schemata Architects
Location: Okusawa Setagaya
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 136.46 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Mita Residence / YJP Architecture

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Architects: YJP Architecture
Location: ,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: 45g Photography

Mediba Creative Farm / Torafu Architects

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Architects: Torafu Architects
Location: Shibuya,
Project Area: 2,200 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Torafu Architects

AD Interviews: The Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale / Toyo Ito, Akihisa Hirata, Sou Fujimoto

During the opening of the Venice Biennale, we had the chance to sit down and talk with the curator and participants of the Japan Pavilion, awarded with the Gold Lion.

In the following videos you can see Toyo Ito, curator of “Architecture. Possible Here? Home-for-all”, along with collaborators Akihisa Hirata and Sou Fujimoto, discussing what Architecture means to them, the role of architects in our society, and how they approached the Biennale’s theme “Common Ground” on this particular exhibition, which reunites Japanese architects and an architectural photographer collaborating on the design of houses for those affected by the 2011 tsunami.

We thank the Japan Foundation for this interview.

and Sou Fujimoto videos after the break:

Skate Park House / LEVEL Architects

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Architects: LEVEL Architects
Location: -to, Shibuya-ku, Sendagaya, Japan
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kojima Junji

T.S.R.Building / Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

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Architects: Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates
Location: Minatu-Ku ,
Architect In Charge: Jun’ichi Ito, Naoko Ito
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozumi

G-Flat / architecture WORKSHOP

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Architects: Koh Kitayama – architecture WORKSHOP
Location: Tokyo,
Design Team: Koh Kitayama, Mariko Hama, Yurie Kobayashi, Hiroko Hasama, Toru Kudo
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 2635.78 sqm
Photographs: Daici Ano

Rest Villa Funabori / Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

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Architects: Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates
Location: Edogawa-Ku ,
Architect In Charge: Jun’ichi Ito, Naoko Ito
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozumi

Clover House / Toru Kudo + architecture WORKSHOP

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Architects: Toru Kudo +
Location: Tokyo,
Design Team: Toru Kudo, KohKitayama, Yukiko Yamamoto
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

Venice Biennale 2012: Photos of the Japanese Pavilion by Patricia Parinejad

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Photographer Patricia Parinejad has shared with us her images from the Japanese Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. Presenting “Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all”, the exhibition tells the story of three emerging architects collaborating with the exhibit’s curator, Toyo Ito, to design for the Rikuzentakata residents who lost their homes during the devastating 2011 tsunami. “The humanity of this project” impressed the Biennale jury and was awarded the top honor of the Gold Lion.

Check out our previous coverage on the exhibit for more information and continue after the break for more images.

KDR House / I.R.A.

© Nobuaki Nakagawa

Architects: International Royal Architecture
Location: Tokyo,
Design Team: Akinori Kasegai, Daisuke Tsunakawa, Seo Jung Hwan
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nobuaki Nakagawa

Grove House / Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

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Architects: Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates
Location: Saitama,
Design Team: Jun’ichi Ito, Naoko Ito
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 105.13 sqm
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozumi