Architect: Hiroyuki Miyabe / SPEAC, inc.
Location: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Producer: Hiroya Yoshizato (SPEAC,inc.)
Architect in Charge: Kimiyoshi Arakawa, Tomoko Kawai, Jun Yoshimura (SPEAC,inc.)
Documentation, Engineering and Construction: Satohide corporation
Landscape Design: Townscape Design Institute,inc.
Site Area: 1,080 sqm
Built Up Area: 2,949 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa
The next world congress of the International Union of Architects will be held in Tokyo, Japan, from 25 to 29 September 2011. The academic program covers research papers and design works, realized or planned, on the overall congress theme: DESIGN 2050. This theme is the opportunity for designers to express and present their visions of architecture and ideal cities and to imagine the tendencies of urban architecture prefiguring the world in 2050.
UIA TOKYO 2011 invites architects, engineers, researchers and students all over the world to express their opinions on the main theme DESIGN 2050 according to the three sub-themes: Environment, Cultural Exchange, Life. The authors of contributions that have been accepted by the selection committee will have the opportunity of presenting them during the congress between the 26 and 28 September 2011. They will also be published on the congress web site and on a DVD.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31October 2010. Full details concerning contributions may be downloaded on the congress website.
A while ago we presented you “Habits, Patterns, Algorithms”, a monograph on Stephan Jaklitsch Architects, a firm with a vast experience in interior design, with hundreds of built works around the world, examples of good usage of materials, and careful attention to detail.
The firm is behind the design of Marc Jacobs stores around the world, and now we got the chance to see a preview of their first ground-up store for the brand, located in Omotesando, Tokyo, right next to Herzog & de Meuron’s Prada store.
The 3,000sqf project (which already won an Award of Excellence from AIA New York) is a stratified volume, with two dark strips sitting on top of a glass box, acting as a lamp during night.
A couple of weeks ago we visited the office to interview Stephan and Mark Gardner (video coming soon!) and got the chance to see some of the facade mock-ups.
More information, including details on the facade and construction process, after the break:
Architects: EASTERN Design Office
Location: Takarazuka, Hyogo, Japan
Client: American Club International Co, ltd
Structural Engineering: Hojo Structure Research Institute
Constructor: Fukasaka Co., Ltd
Site area: 711.46 sqm
Total floor area: 361.84 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Koichi Torimura
Check out this 1200 sqf residence designed by Far East Design Lab, entitled the Shell House. Situated in Hiratsuka City, Japan, the trapezoidal and angular form creates dynamic interior spaces. The residence’s material selection adds a lot of texture and character to the small residence – we especially like the corrugated ceiling treatment that continues to fold down to the wall. Although the house is placed in a dense neighborhood, even with its small size, it is able to make a strong statement. Would you want to live here?
More images after the break.
Architects: Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates
Location: Akashi-City, Hyogo, Japan
Principal in Charge: Katsuhiro Miyamoto
Project Team: Yuko Nakano
Collaborator: Masahiro Miyake / y+M design office
Structural Engineering: Hirokazu Toki / University of Shiga Prefecture
General Contractor: Fujiwara Kensetsu
Site Area: 850.18 sqm
Built Area: 111.72 sqm
Total Floor Area: 438 sqm (additional area:193.47 sqm)
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates
A few days ago, we introduced Junya Ishigami’s Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop, a lightweight studio space with an interesting interior due to 305 slender columns. Our friend, Brandon Shigeta, shared his photos with us that illustrate Ishigami’s technique of using column distribution as a space generator. Although the slender columns appear randomly distributed, the architects’ seemingly scattered order has created defined zones that subdivide the large studio workspace.
More images and more about the columns after the break.
Check out Junya Ishigami and Associates‘ amazing studio + workspace where students of the Kanagawa Institute of Technology get to spend their days designing. The studio is about the closest you can get to the feeling of working outside while being indoors. The floor-to-ceiling glass makes the building appear weightless and elegant, and the open plan preserves the building’s sense of transparency as the viewer’s eye can shoot directly across the uninterrupted space. 305 columns of various sizes support the stripped roof of skylights, yet their white color keeps the focus on the space and the view, not the structure. The columns, although seemingly random, as specifically placed to create the sensation of zoned spaces, but their nonrestrictive quality provides a flexible layout to suit the changing needs of students.
Inspiring place to design in, wouldn’t you agree?
More photographs by Iwan Baan after the break.