HAT / Komada Architects’ Office

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Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: Setagaya-ku, ,
Architects In Charge: Komada Takeshi, Komada Yuka
Consultant: Moribe Yasushi lab
Contractor: Honma kensetsu
Site Area: 83.11
Area: 64.98 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

Coupled House / Naoi Architecture & Design Office

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Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
Location: , Japan
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Library House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: , Japan
Total Floor Space: 155.71 sqm
Site Area: 315.51 sqm
Area: 163.93 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Cafe Cross / FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects

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Architects: FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Hyogo,
Area: 121.45 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kei Nakajima

Kashi-Kobo Yodogawa / aoydesign

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Architects: aoydesign
Location: , Japan
Project Team: Shigeo Aoyama, Yukiko Sumitani
Contractor: Support Plus
Area: 39 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of aoydesign

House that Opens up to its Inside / Florian Busch Architects

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Architects: Florian Busch Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Momoyo Yamawaki
Structural Engineering: ASA (Akira Suzuki, Yosuke Kimura)
Textile Design: Yoko Ando
Contractor: Sudo Corp., Chiba
Area: 140 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects

House in Hiyoshi / EANA

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Architects:
Location: City, Kanagawa, Japan
Design Team: Kohei Iwasaki, Tota Abe
Construction: Genki Kensetsu
Total floor Area: 91.10 sqm
Site Area: 104.13 sqm
Area: 45.55 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

L House / Florian Busch Architects

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Architects: Florian Busch Architects
Location: Niseko,
Project Team: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Tomoyuki Sudo, Holger Pausch (intern)
Structural Engineering: Ove Arup Japan
Contractor: Sudo Corporation
Client: Hokkaido Tracks Development
Area: 154 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects, Hiroyuki Sudo

House in Shimoda-Chou / EANA

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Architects:
Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa,
Design Team: Kohei Iwasaki, Tota Abe
Area: 77.8 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Doshisha Chapel Complex Competition Entry / BAKOKO + Structured Environment

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Architects BAKOKO, in collaboration with engineers Structured Environment, shared with us their proposal for a new chapel and Center for Christian Culture at Doshisha University’s Kyoto campus. With structure, form, and function molded into a singular totality, their intention is not to draw attention to the form of the building, but rather, to merge floor, walls, and roof into an immersive experience prioritizing personal reflection and human interaction within the central sanctums. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Même – Experimental House / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Hokkaido Prefecture, Hiroo District, Taiki, Memu,
Project Architect: Kengo Kuma, Takumi Saikawa
Client: LXIL JS Foundation
Structural Engineering: Yashushi Moribe (Showa Womden’s University)
Area: 79,5 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Switch Box in House / Naf Architect & Design

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Architects: Naf Architect & Design
Location: Suginami, ,
Architect In Charge: Akio Nakasa (maneger),  Daisuke Aoki
Area: 127.99 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Rooftecture OT2 / Shuhei Endo

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Architects: Shuhei Endo
Location: Kita Ward,
Project Staff: Aoi Endo, Aya Houri
Area: 127.7 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stirling Elmendorf

XYYX Apartment / Naf Architect & Design

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Architects: Naf Architect & Design
Location: Bunkyo, ,
Architect In Charge: Akio Naksa(manager), Tomohiro Tanaka
Area: 235.84 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

3way House / Naf Architect & Design

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Architects: Naf Architect & Design
Location: Adachi, , Japan
Architect In Charge: Akio NAKASA
Area: 90.71 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

House H / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: , Prefecture,
Project Team: Hiroyuki Shinozaki, Sota Matsuura, Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Structure Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Contractor: Hirohashi Komuten Lo.,Ltd.
Area: 64.02 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fumihiko Ikemoto

Utsunomiya Beauty School / General Design

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Architects: General Design - Shin Ohori
Location: Utsunomiya, Prefecture,
Site Area: 1,564.10 sqm
Built Area: 716.86 sqm
Total Floor Area: 2,135.84 sqm
Photographs: Daici Ano

How to Pleasantly Demolish a High-Rise

As the Atlantic Cities best describes, “Leave it to to turn one of the dirtiest and noisiest processes of the urban lifecycle – the of highrises – into a neat, quiet and almost cute affair.”

Japanese construction company Taisei Corporation has discovered a new, more efficient way to disassemble, rather than demolish, a tall building over 100 meters. The process, known as Taisei’s Ecological Reproduction System or Tecorep, begins by transforming the structure’s top floors into an enclosed “cap”, which is then supported by temporary columns and powerful jacks. As demolition workers begin to disassemble the building from within, they use interior cranes to lower materials. After dismantling an entire floor, the jacks quietly lower the “cap” and the process is repeated.

“It’s kind of like having a disassembly factory on top of the building and putting a big hat there, and then the building shrinks,” says one Taisei engineer, according to this report in the Japan Times.

Learn about the advantages of this process after the break.