House in Sayo / Fujiwarramuro Architects

© Yano Toshiyuki

Architects: Fujiwarramuro Architects
Location: Hyogo,
Project Architect: Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
Site Area: 262.53 sqm
Building Area: 82.78 sqm
Area: 81.26 sqm
Photographs: Yano Toshiyuki

ST-House / PANDA

© Hiroyuki Hirai

Architects: PANDA
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Kozo Yamamoto
Area: 62.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

House in Sanbonmatsu / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: ,
Area: 253.03 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Daici Ano

Neut House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Area: 115 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Chiyodanomori Dental Clinic / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: Gunma ,
Area: 383.31 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Daici Ano

Slide / Komada Architects’ Office

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Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: -ku, Tokyo, Japan
Area: 748.65 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Komada Architects’ Office

Video: House T / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

House T, designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, is a unique two person house and office located in TokyoJapan. Considering the house is only accessible by a narrow alley and is surrounded on all sides by other buildings, the space was a major challenge for this design. However, the house turned out to be surprisingly airy and open thanks to having only one central column supporting catwalk floors that frame the limited space instead of occupying it. Each floor can be navigated using 4.6 foot tall openings and floors are connected by a stair or ladder, one of which leads to a roof terrace. Take a look at this video by JA+U and our earlier article for a better understanding of this novel space!

House in the suburb of Osaka / ANDO Corporation

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Architects: ANDO Corporation
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Yoshiaki Nagasaka
Lighting: Yasuyo Suzuki
Area: 673.47 sqm
Photographs: Kenshi Noguchi

Forest Chapel / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: Gunma,
Architect In Charge: Hironaka Ogawa
Area: 135.23 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Daici Ano

Pleats.M / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Hironaka Ogawa
Area: 1,398.89 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daici Ano

Y-3 / Komada Architects’ Office

© Toshihiro Sobajima

Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: -ku, , Japan
Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Consultant: Yasushi Moribe
Area: 326.6 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

Rooms / Ando Corporation

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Architects: ANDO Corporation
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Yoshiaki Nagasaka
General Contractors:
Area: 288.22 sqm
Photographs: Kimikazu Tomizawa

House-T / Tsukano Architect Office

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Architects: Tsukano Architect Office
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Michiya Tsukano
Area: 108 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kenichi Asano

Sundial House / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Hironaka Ogawa & Associates
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Hironaka Ogawa
Area: 147.51 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: OGA, Daici Ano

Diamond House / Masao Yahagi Architects

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Masao Yahagi Architects
Location: Sano, Tochigi,
Area: 145.08 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

LW House / Komada Architects’ Office

© Takeshi Komada

Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: Edogawa-ku, ,
Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Consultant: Yamabe Structural Office
Area: 107.97 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Takeshi Komada

3rd LIXIL International University Architectural Competition

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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!