Utsunomiya Beauty School / General Design

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Architects: General Design - Shin Ohori
Location: Utsunomiya, Tochigi 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.

Tokyo Balconies / KINO Architects

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Architects: KINO Architects
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Masahiro Kinoshita
Area: 31.12 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

House of Silence / FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects

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Architects: FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Prefecture,
Area: 394.42 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Takumi Ota, Kei Nakajima

Luminous / Jun Sakaguchi

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Architects: Jun Sakaguchi
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Area: 1,513 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Tomohiro Sakashita

CDS Offices / BAKOKO

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Architects: BAKOKO
Location: Tokyo,
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: Kujukuri, Sanbu District, Chiba Prefecture,
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, Japan
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, ,
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: , Prefecture, Japan
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, Japan
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.

Video via JA+U.

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, , Japan
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,
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,
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
Area: 124.33 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa