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 Tokyo 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: ,
Completion: October 2011
Floor Space: 161.9 sqm
Collaborators: Tully’s Coffee Japan
Seats: 75 seats
Photographer: Nacasa & Partners



Architects: ReBITATsukasa Ono (ReBITA), Kento Horiuchi (Zycc), Kenji Hashimoto (Zycc)
Location: Shibuya, ,
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, Osaka,
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.

Rouge / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates - Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: Bunkyo,
Structure Engineers: Denbo Nakamura / Denkohbo
Facility Engineers: Zenei Shimada / Shimada Architects
Construction: Honma Construction
Date of Completion: 2012
Site Area: 55.00 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura


Le 49 / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates – Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: Kamakurayama, city, Kanagawa, Japan
Date of Completion: December 2011
Structure: Steel
Site Area: 111.92 sqm
Total Floor Area: 182.70 sqm (79.29m2/1F, 103.41m2/2F)
Structural Engineer: Taro Yokoyama
Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
Photographer: Masao Nishikawa

Suspensions Of Space / htmn

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Architects: htmnHiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata
Location: Nerima-ku, Tokyo,
Completion: 2010
Contractor: Minaduki Kousan Ltd.
Total Floor Area: 222.79 m
Photographs: Daici Ano


10 Ken House / Coordinate House NOGAMI

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Architects: Coordinate House NOGAMI – Yuki Nogami
Location: , Ehime, Japan
Site Area: 274.00 sqm
Total Floor Area: 217.12 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Naoto Kawai, Yuki Nogami

Yomogino Ryokan Hot Spa / Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture

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Architects: Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture
Location: ,
Client: Tios Group
Contractor: Oba Corporation
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Ryuichi Sasaki, Ryota Atarashi

Learning from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Moving Forward: Life after the Great East Japan

Reena Jana of SmartPlanet recently interviewed the award-winning, Japanese architect Hitoshi Abe on the lessons he has learned from the March 11, 2011 earthquake that destroyed his hometown in Sendai, Japan. Abe believes that the memory of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the coast of northeaster Japan, triggering a tsunami that sent waves as far as six miles inland must remain fresh in our minds. His goal is to educate everyday citizens around the globe, as well as future generations, on how to better cope with large-scale natural disasters. Currently, he is serving as a guest-curator for a travel exhibition entitled Moving Forward: Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake. This exhibit brings to life the haunting reality of the devastation through a series of large-scale photographs and photographic essays that reveal individual stories of survival immediately following the disaster. The exhibit commemorates the victims and struggles of the survivors, while highlighting the reconstruction and recovery efforts.

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GaW / Satoru Hirota Architects

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Architect: Satoru Hirota Architects – Satoru Hirota
Location: Tochigi,
Structural Design: Cremona Institute / Masahiro Shirasu
Machinery Design: Ymo / Hiroyuki Yamada
Contractor: Maruyama Kogyo / Hitoshi Akutsu + Katsuaki Ito
Interior Coordination: Ozone / Miki Sakamoto
Total Floor Area: 1,094.05 sqm
Year of Completion: 2010
Photographers: Atsushi Nakamichi, Satoru Hirota Architects

Le Coeur / StudioGreenBlue


Architects: StudioGreen Blue
Location: Ashikaga, Tochigi,
Design Team: Mitsuharu Kojima, Wataru Kobayashi
Structure: Wood
Photographs: StudioGreenBlue


Himeji Observatory House / KINO Architects

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Architects: KINO Architects - Masahiro Kinoshita
Location: Hyogo Prefecture,
Structure: Reinforced concrete
Site Area: 162.54 sqm
Building Area: 56.03 sqm
Total Floor Area: 155.13 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographer: Daici Ano

Josai School Of Management / Studio SUMO

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Architects: Studio SUMO
Location: Sakado,
Design Team: Sunil Bald + Yolande Daniels, principals-in-charge; David Huang, project designer; Shai Turner, Brad McCoy, James Khamsi, Jeff Dee
Architect Of Record: Obayashi Design Department, Obayashi Corporation, Tokyo
Completion: 2006
Building Area: 6,200 sqm
Client: Josai University, Tokyo, Japan
Photographer: Courtesy of Nacasa Co. Ltd.

Starbucks Coffee / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture,
Client: Manten Corporation
Structure: Jun Sato Structural Engineering
Facility Design: Tosai Corporation, Kyu-den Ko Corporation
Construction: Matsumoto-gumi Corporation
Built Area: 212.98 sqm
Completion: 2008
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

’365 – Charming Everyday Things’ Exhibition / DGT Architects

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The ’365 – Charming Everyday Things’ is a project for an exhibition which introduces 365 Japanese daily items that are to be displayed and sold in Paris and will eventually travel throughout . Produced by DGT Architects, the location was chosen after over 40 visits of places in Paris. The chosen place is originally a metal factory which was built in the 19th century. More images and architects’ description after the break.