Tokyo Steel House / MDS

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Architects: MDS
Location: Minato-ku, , Japan
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
Area: 84.23 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

House N / mattch

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Architects: mattch
Location: mizuho-ku ,aichi-ken,
Area: 98.16 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: nacasa&partners

Leimond-Shonaka Nursery School / Archivision Hirotani Studio

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Architects: Archivision Hirotani Studio
Location: Owariasahi, Aichi,
Architect In Charge: Hirotani Yoshihiro, Ishida Yusaku
Area: 1,018 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kurumata Tamotsu, Noriko Momoi

Ogikubo House / MDS

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Architects: MDS
Location: Suginami-ku, , Japan
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori, Natsuko Kawamura
Area: 118 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Meet the Artist Behind Those Amazing, Hand-Knitted Playgrounds

Wonder Space II, by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Interplay, at Hakone Open Air Museum. Photo © Masaki Koizumi.

In a world of “dumbed-down,” down-right boring playgrounds, the colorful, architectural masterpieces of Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam stand apart. The Japanese artist knits her amazing projects by hand – her most famous project, for example, inside the “Woods of Net” Pavilion at the Hakone Open Air Museum in , took her about a year to complete

We took a moment to speak with Ms. Horiuchi MacAdam about the Pavilion and her other works, how they bridge the worlds of art and architecture, and how they irresistibly invite the world to . You can read our interview, and see more images of her fascinating work, after the break…

Planter House / no.555

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Architects: no.555
Location: Yokohama,
Architect In Charge: Takuya Tsuchida
Structural Design: Megumi Akimoto
Area: 188 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of no.555

Video: Overlapped House / Chika Kijima Architect’s Office + O.F.D.A.

Chika Kijima Architect’s Office + O.F.D.A. transformed a cluster of three existing homes into this work/live haven for a pair of musicians. The naturally lit interiors of the single-story Overlapped House features a studio, kitchen, hall, ample amounts of storage and a well-buffered sleeping quarters.

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Japan National Stadium Competition Entry / Jackson Architecture

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Designed by Jackson Architecture, their proposal for the National Stadium is a new stadium in a park, where nature is apparent and can be integrated. Car parking, buses, community and service facilities exist below the park: neighborhood recreation and health areas contribute to the excitement and atmosphere, inhabited every day. The first impression is of a large park, within which a large “ellipsoidal object is placed. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House in Yamasaki / Tato Architects

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Architects: Tato Architects
Location: ,
Principal Designer: Yo shimada
Area: 119.11 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ken’ichi Suzuki

‘Cinepalego’ Futuristic Cinema Competition Entry / Chansoo Byeon + Daichi Yamashita

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The proposal for the ‘Cinepalego’ Futuristic Cinema is an urban intervention, utilizing the vacant rooftop spaces in Kabukicho in order to create a network of mini-theaters that will spontaneously emerge and provide a variety of social spaces for people. Designed by Chansoo Byeon + Daichi Yamashita, the act of cinema going will be completely redefined, becoming seamlessly integrated into day-to-day life. Occupying the vacant space on the rooftop, the cinemas will also be closely integrated with the businesses underneath. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hanafarm Kitchen / StudioGreenBlue

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Architects: StudioGreenBlue
Location: Honjyou, Saitama,
Team: Mitsuharu Kojima × Wataru Kobayashi
Area: 114 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of StudioGreenBlue

Zaha Hadid Wins Japan National Stadium Competition

Zaha Hadid Architects Entry No.17 – Courtesy of Sport Council

Fresh from the acclaimed openings of the Galaxy Soho in Beijing and the Eli & Edythe Broad Museum in the US, Dame Zaha Hadid can now add a new coveted project to her name.

Beating out 10 other finalists (including Populous, a firm known for their sports architecture, as well as Japanese heavyweights, such as Toyo Ito and SANAA), Zaha Hadid Architects were chosen by  and the Japan Sports Council to design the new Japan National Stadium. As Ando described the decision-process: “Our wish is to see a stadium designed by someone who shares this earth, with wisdom and technology that looks to the future of out planet.”

The new 80,000-seat stadium will replace the existing Kasumigaoka National Stadium in . It will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and potentially be the main sporting venue for the 2020 Olympic Games (if Japan’s bid is selected). It will also be offered to FIFA as a venue for World Cup football matches.

The Stadium is scheduled for completion in 2018.

More images, after the break…

Higashifuchuu Apartments / Mejiro Studio

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Architects: Mejiro Studio
Location: Fuchuu-shi, ,
Design Team: Daisuke Furusawa, Kanenobu Baba, Yasutaka Kurokawa
Structural Engineer: Structural Design Office
Contractor: Okuda Kensetsu
Total Floor Area: 499.50 sqm
Area: 403.75 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

House Yagiyama / Kazuya Saito Architects

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Architects: Kazuya Saito Architects
Location: Sendai, Miyagi,
Structural Design: Atsuhiro Nakahata, Yasushi Moribe
Site Area: 468.96 sqm
Total Foor Area: 137.47 sqm
Area: 137.47 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yasuhiro Takagi

A-Ring / Atelier TEKUTO

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Architects: Atelier TEKUTO
Location: Ishikawa,
Architecture Design: Yasuhiro Yamashita, Toshinao Iki
Structural Design: Jun Sato+Masayuki Takada/Jun Sato Structural Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Kazuhiro Endo/EOS plus
Lighting Design: Sueko Kanaya/Visual Technology
Construction: Satoshi Isomi+Daisuke Yamamori/Mizuho Kogyou
Area: 136.62 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

House in Mejirodai / Mejiro Studio + Kozo Kadowaki

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Architects: Mejiro Studio + Kozo Kadowaki
Location: Bunkyo-ku, , Japan
Structural Engineer: Konishi Structural Engineers
Contractor: Hanami Kensetsu
Area: 165.1 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Shimizu Ken

Nest / UID Architects

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Architects: UID Architects
Location: Onomichi, Hiroshima,
Design Team: Keisuke Maeda
Site Area: 362 sqm
Total Floor Area: 121.45 sqm
Area: 81.22 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Onjuku Beach House / BAKOKO

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Architects: BAKOKO
Location: Onjuku, Chiba Prefecture,
Architects: Alastair Townsend, Kayoko Ohtsuki
Area: 135.4 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of BAKOKO