Yashiki Mori Housing Proposal / HOLDUP

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The proposal for the Yashiki Mori competition by HOLDUP elaborates on the Yashiki-rin housing typologies as a protection from environmental aggressions: windbreak forest (hot summer wind, cold winter wind, sandblast), barrier against fire, sunshade, air-purifier (carbon dioxide absorber and oxygen provider), sound-proof shield, etc. This natural eco-system composed of hedges and high trees circling the house could preserve wildlife, supply bamboo or lumber as construction material, fuel or fertilizer. It perfectly fits today’s concerns, i.e. keeping some distance with the surroundings but preserving openness at the same time. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tokyo Skytree: the World’s largest Telecom Tower

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Since it’s opening on May 22, the Skytree has already experienced an overwhelming amount of visitors. As reported by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the 634-meter (2,080 feet) structure has surpassed the previously tallest communications tower, Canton Tower in China, by 34 meters. The Skytree took four years to construct and is double the height of ’s 333-meter Tokyo Tower.

Tokyo Skytree’s name and design concept is described by the developer as, “The creation of city scenery transcending time: A fusion of traditional Japanese beauty and neo-futuristic design”. Continue reading for more.

Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology / Nikken Sekkei + Kornberg Associates + Kuniken

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Architects: Nikken Sekkei + Kornberg Associates + Kuniken
Location: Okinawa,
Owner: Cabinet Office of Japan / Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology
Area: 2.3 million sqm total; 700,000 sqm first phase
Photographers: Kiyohiko Higashide, Kornberg Associates Architects

  

Ridge Apartment Complex in Gunma / SNARK + OUVI

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Architects: SNARK + OUVI
Location: Takasaki cityGunma,
Project team: Sunao Koase, Yu Yamada, Shin Yokoo
Structural Engineer: Shin Yokoo ()
Landscape: Atsuo Ota / Acid Nature 0220 
Completion: 2012
Project Area: Site area 708.75 sqm (W) + 679.68 sqm (E)
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

 

House in Saitama / Satoru Hirota Architects

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Architects: Satoru Hirota Architects  – Satoru Hirota & Yasuko Hirota
Location: ,
Client: Private
Contractor: Yamazaki Construction Company
Site Area:153.95 sqm
Building Area:61.99 sqm
Total Floor Area:109.43 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Satoru Hirota

Tsukuba Medical Laboratory of Education and Research / Tetsuo Kobori Architects + PLANUS

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Architects: Tetsuo Kobori Architects +
Location: , Japan
Structure: Arup
Completion: August 2010
Photographs: Bauhouseneo

  

House in Megurohoncho / TORAFU ARCHITECTS

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Architect: TORAFU ARCHITECTS
Location: Meguro, Tokyo,
Project area: 123,7 sqm
Site area: 109,8 sqm
Completion: 2011
Structural design: OHNO-JAPAN
Production: TSUKI-ZO
Facility design: MAXRAY (Lightings)
Photographs: Daici Ano

House of Maple / Edward Suzuki Associates

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Architects: Edward Suzuki Associates – Edward Suzuki, Toshiharu Nanba
Location: , Japan
Completion: 2010
Site Area: 6,182.97 sqm
Ground Coverage: 512.00 sqm
Floor Areas: 1F 402.50 sqm, 2F 274.75 sqm
Total Floor Area: 677.25 sqm
Photographs: Yasuhiro Nukamura

House on the Bluff / Edward Suzuki Associates

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Architects: Edward Suzuki Associates - Edward Suzuki, Toshiharu Nanba
Location: Yamate,,
Site Area: 767.54 sqm
Completion: 2012
Structure: RC
Total Floor Area: 384.59 sqm
Photographs: Yasuhiro Nukamura

   

House Like a Museum / Edward Suzuki Associates

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Architects: Edward Suzuki Associates - Edward Suzuki, Toshiharu Nanba
Location: City, Kanagawa Prefecture,
Completion: 2008
Site Area: 776.4 sqm
Ground Coverage: 425.38 sqm
Floor Area: 1F 419.85 sqm; 2F 118.49 sqm; Total 538.34 sqm
Photographs: Yasuhiro Nukamura

 

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects

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You may remember Sou Fujimoto Architects radical House NA from this video we shared with you last November. Designed for a young couple in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood, the 914 square-foot transparent house contrasts the typical concrete block walls seen in most of ’s dense residential areas. Associated with the concept of living within a tree, the spacious interior is comprised of 21 individual floor plates, all situated at various heights, that satisfy the clients desire to live as nomads within their own home.

Continue after the break for more images and information on House NA.

House Overlooking The Sea / Edward Suzuki Associates

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Architects: Edward Suzuki Associates - Edward Suzuki, Toshiharu Nanba
Location: Hayama,
Completion: 2011
Total Floor Area: 540.02 sqm
Site Area: 2,620.84 sqm
Photographer: Yasuhiro Nukamura

   

Mimanimochida / Coordinate House NOGAMI

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Architects: Coordinate House NOGAMI – Yuki Nogami
Location: , Ehime,
Site Area: 310.13 sqm
Total Floor Area: 160.82 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographers: Touru Kitamura, Yuki Nogami

HA Tower / Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak

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The HA Tower, designed by Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak, proposes a hybrid model for urban life that embraces the city, pulling it in the heart of the units, while still offering large open spaces that otherwise are only available on the urban fringe. Located in Higashi-Azabu, within walking distance of a cluster of rail lines, Shiba Park, and the iconic Tower, the corner site is small, covering only 130 square meters and is constrained by a floor area ratio that limits construction to 8 floors. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Aiji Inoue / Doyle Collection

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Architects: Doyle Collection – Aiji Inoue, Yuki Kanai
Location: Kagoshima,
Completion: October 2011
Floor Space: 161.9 sqm
Collaborators: Tully’s Coffee Japan
Seats: 75 seats
Photographer: Nacasa & Partners

THE SHARE / ReBITA

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Architects: ReBITATsukasa Ono (ReBITA), Kento Horiuchi (Zycc), Kenji Hashimoto (Zycc)
Location: Shibuya, Tokyo,
Planning & Constructor: Zycc corporation, Satohide corporation
Built Area: 3,155.46 sqm
Completion: January 2012
Photographs: ReBITA

   

Fukoku Tower / Dominique Perrault

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: 2-4, Komatsubara, Kita-ku, ,
Client: Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company
Associated Architect: Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
Engineering: Shimizu Corporation Architects & Engineers
Development Director: Mitsubishi Estate Group
Site Area: 3,900 sqm
Built Area: 68,500 sqm (including car park)
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

Citadel Skyscraper / Victor Kopeikin + Pavlo Zabotin

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The design for the Citadel Skyscraper by Victor Kopeikin and Pavlo Zabotin is a symbiosis of a skyscraper and a residential tank creating a defensive shield to protect the island from the inside against external natural and anthropogenic influences.  The project provides carrying the residential functions of cities in the land out to self-supporting residential units located in the sea (residential skyscrapers, citadels).These citadels interact with each other on the shoreline, forming a single closed defensive chain that operates both on the surface and underground. Thereby proceeds the mastering of new territories for the human life. More images and architects’ description after the break.