CDS Offices / BAKOKO

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Architects: BAKOKO
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Alastair Townsend, Kayoko Ohtsuki
Project Manager: Cosmos More
Main Contractor: Wakoh
Client: CDS K.K. – Tokyo
Area: 810 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of BAKOKO

Photographer’s Weekendhouse / General Design

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Architects: General Design - Shin Ohori
Location: , Sanbu District, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Site Area: 1,463.40 sqm
Built Area: 526.97 sqm
Total Floor Area: 440.97 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Daici Ano

Branch House / KINO Architects

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Architects: KINO Architects
Location: Fukushima,
Architect In Charge: Masahiro Kinoshita
Site Area: 344.26 sqm
Building Area: 120.61 sqm
Total Floor Area: 176.70 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

House in Higashiyama / General Design

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Architects: General Design - Shin Ohori
Location: Meguro, Tokyo,
Site Area: 139.64 sqm
Built Area: 83.69 sqm
Total Floor Area: 254.10 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

Spiralab / KINO Architects

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Architects: KINO Architects
Location: Chiba, Chiba Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Masahiro Kinoshita
Site Area: 600 ha
Building Area: 1,300 ha
Total Floor Area: 3,000 ha
Year: 2009
Photographs: Daici Ano, Hiroyuki Hirai

T2 Retail Shop / General Design

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Architects: General Design
Location: , Tokyo,
Architect: Shin Ohori
Area: 99 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Daici Ano

Video: Uto Elementary School / CAt

This minimalist elementary school, located in Kumamoto and designed by Japanese architects Kazuhiro Kojima and Kazuko Akamatsu (CAt), is designed to seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor space. Within the building, individual classrooms and spaces are loosely formed by L-shaped walls that feature foldable doors and flexible components. An abundance of courtyards and airy walkways are just some of the highlights, along with a wood deck activity space found on top of the roof.

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Yashima Project / Shogo Iwata

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Architects: Shogo Iwata
Location: Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
Site Area: 1,685.26 sqm
Total Floor Area: 1,566.39 sqm
Area: 933.57 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shigeo Ogawa

Mountain Research / General Design

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Architects: General Design
Location: , Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Architect: Shin Ohori
Area: 261 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Daici Ano

House in Sakurajyosui / General Design

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Architects: General Design
Location: Suginami, ,
Architect: Shin Ohori
Area: 121 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Daici Ano

Rooms that Follow the Scenery / ON design partners

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Architects: ON design partners
Location: Karuizawa Saku-gun, Nagano,
Design Team: Osamu Nishida, Takanori Ineyama
Structure Design: Mato Structure Design Office
Construction: Daiichi Construction
Site Area: 1018.39 sqm
Total Floor Area: 95.19 sqm
Area: 115.66 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of ON design partners

Sowa Unit / Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio

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Architects: Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio
Location: Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kensuke Watanabe, Yuji Mukaiyama
Area: 288.84 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Grow / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
Area: 124.33 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Sony Building “Crystal Aqua Trees” Installation / Torafu Architects

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Installed in Sony Square in and on display until January 14, the ‘Crystal Aqua Trees’ is a crystal work of art inspired by the concept of a fountain that can be seen as a spray of water as well as a Christmas tree. Designed by Torafu Architects, the project was inspired by the Trevi fountain in Rome, the “Ai no Izumi” (Fountain of Love) charity drive, which has been held by Sony every year since 1968. For this edition, the architects proposed a new embodiment as an interactive installation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Ito Jakuchu Inspired’ Pavilion 2nd Prize Winning Proposal / Đordje Alfirević and Sanja Simonović

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The competition for the ‘Ito Jakuchu Inspire’ pavilion is focused on the great celebration throughout the world of Ito Jakuchu’s work, a milestone in Japanese art history. Taking on a symbolic meaning, the competition effectively corresponds to a cultural phase of our existence. Designed by architects Đordje Alfirević and Sanja Simonović, this second prize winning proposal creates a dematerialization of boundaries between Ito Jakuchu’s perception of the reality in which he lived and the appearance of our modern world. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Calling a Plan a Map / ON design partners

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Architects: ON design partners
Location: Yokosuka, Kanagawa
Design Team: Osamu Nishida, Erika Nakagawa
Construction: Eiko Construction
Structure: Akira Suzuki / Asa
Site Area: 648.52 sqm
Total Floor Area: 100.97 sqm
Area: 107.3 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Iron Gallery / Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio

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Architects: Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio
Location: Minato, Tokyo,
Contractor: Eiger Co. Ltd, Noriaki Fujii, Koji Misaki
Structure: K. Nakata & Associates, Katsuo Nakata, Takashi Takamizawa
Steel Fabrication: Tokyo Kentetsu, Kenji Sasaki, Shuuji Matsushima, Masamoto Kondo
Client: Mori Building Co. Ltd
Area: 97.33 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio

What Categorize the City and Me / ON design partners

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Architects: ON design partners
Location: Chofu, Tokio, Japan
Design Team: Osamu Nishida, Erika Nakagawa
Construction: ao-archi
Site Area: 98.47 sqm
Total Floor Area: 95.36 sqm
Area: 37.07 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of ON design partners