HouseT / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: Tokyo,
Structure Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Contractor: Sinei Ltd
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Hiroyasu Sakaguchi

A House in Kisami / Florian Busch Architects

© Hiroyasu Sakaguchi (AtoZ)

Architects: Florian Busch Architects
Location: Kisami, Shizuoka,
Design Team: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Seiko Yuki, Tomoyuki Sudo, Holger Pausch (intern)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: , Hiroyasu Sakaguchi (AtoZ)

HouseM / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: ,
Structure Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Contractor: Ikeda Komuten
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Hironori Tomino

Video: TOKYO SKYTREE® / Nikken Sekkei

This short video via ja+u takes you on a brief journey through the Tokyo Skytree’s various observation decks that range in altitude from 340m all the way up to the 450m high spiral Tembo Galleria. A quick time lapse of the construction that took place from 2008-2012 illustrates the tower’s growth as it quickly surpassed the Tower’s 333m pinnacle.  See our previous coverage here.

HouseK / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: Tokyo,
Structure Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Contractor: Sinei Ltd
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Australia House / Andrew Burns Architect

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Architects: Andrew Burns Architect
Location: Urada, Niigata Prefecture,
Local Architects: Souhei Imamura, Sotaro Yamamoto
Competition Team: Andrew Burns, Casey Bryant
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 120.0 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Courtesy of Andrew Burns Architect

AD Round Up: Houses in Japan Part II

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It is always intriguing to watch examples of how space influences our way of living. A good example could be the way Japanese deal with small spaces when designing houses, often getting interesting results out of it. So for today’s round up we have our 2nd selection of  houses in previously featured in ArchDaily. The main image belongs to House in Saijo by Suppose Design Office. Don’t miss Shuhei Endo’s Rooftecture S or the minimal design of C1 House by Curiosity + Milligram Studio. Also check 63.02º house designed by Jo Nagasaka +  Schemata. Finally, revisit the amazing Floating Roof House by Tezuka Architects.

Majima Clinic / D.I.G Architects

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Architects: D.I.G Architects
Location: , Aichi Prefecture,
Design Team: Akinori Yoshimura, Maki Yoshimura
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tomohiro Sakashita

Video: Storage House / Ryuji Fujimura

This short clip via ja+u of the Storage House by Ryuji Fukimura Architects takes you on a quick journey through the relatively compact residence that occupies a thin plot of land in the Kanagawa Prefecture, part of the Greater Area. Smartly designed to maximize the interior volumes, a unique aspect of the house is the dry moats that line the basement floor allowing for diffuse daylight to shower the interior that would have otherwise been artificially lighted.  An added benefit of the moats is that it encourages air circulation from the bottom of the house to the top creating a stack effect.

Video: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center / Kengo Kuma

Located in front of the Kamiari-mon gate in Asakusa, Kengo Kuma’s Culture Tourist Information Center serves as a beacon to the local area as well as housing programs to serve both tourists and the local community. This video via ja+u  takes you through the 7 stacked volumes that make up the 8 internal floors that house a wide variety of programming ranging from meeting rooms to tourist information kiosks. The construction uniquely integrates HVAC equipment in the gaps between the stacked volumes. The interior structure of heavy timber members are left exposed which complement the dynamism of the vertical volumes, while the language of wood is continued onto the exterior by means of laminated timber louvers.

Video: Yoyogi Olympic Arena / Kenzo Tange

Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi Olympic Arena from Yoyogi GSD on Vimeo.

Special thanks to Emmet Truxes, from Harvard GSD, for sharing this animated video of ’s Yoyogi Olympic Arena with us.  Check out the amazing visualizations set to music by Gray Reinhard (we particularly love the build-up of the magnificently suspended roof around minute 5, which is then further detailed a few minutes later) which was created by a team of six students - Emmet Truxes, Nathan Shobe, Julian Bushman-Copp, Mijung Kim, Jeffrey Laboskey, Misato Odanaka - to understand the  construction of the building’s innovate tensile structure.

More about the project after the break.

Harley in Da House / THREE.BALL.CASCADE.

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Architects: THREE.BALL.CASCADE.
Location: , Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of THREE.BALL.CASCADE.

Video: House in Komazawa / Go Hasegawa

Our friends at the ja+u have shared with us a video tour of House in Komazawa, designed by Go Hasegawa & Associates. This rustic, home is fully clad a variety of eucalyptus wood. Inside, a permeable second floor visually connects to the spaces throughout the entire house and allows for the passage of natural light from the library skylight above to the main living room below.

Tadao Ando: New Japan National Stadium International Design Competition

The current Kasumigaoka National Stadium.

Japanese architect and the Sport Council (JSC) has launched the an international design competition for the new National Stadium of Japan. The stadium will become the new symbol of Japan and feature world-class events with the world’s largest spectator capacity and the world’s finest hospitality.

The new venue is slated for competition in 2018 and is already committed to hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup. It will also be offered to host the FIFA World Cup, the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, concerts by world-renowned entertainers, and a wide range of other significant cultural and artistic events. And, if Japan is selected to host the 2020 Olympic Games, it will be used as the primary venue.

Continue reading for more details and a video message from Tadao Ando.

Life in spiral / Hideaki Takayanagi

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Architects: Hideaki Takayanagi
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 109.0 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Mecenat Art Museum / naf architect & design

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Architects: naf architect & design
Location: Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture,
Design Team: Tetsuya Nakazono
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Noriyuki Yano

Glass House for Diver / naf architect & design

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Architects: naf architect & design
Location: Etajima-shi, , Japan
Project Team: Tetsuya Nakazono 
Project Area: 104.46 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Noriyuki Yano

Wind-dyed house / acaa

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Architects: acaa
Location: , Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kazuhiko Kishimoto
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda