Unou House / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

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Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Location: ,
Design Team: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Ofunato Civic Center and Library / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

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Architects: Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
Location: Sakari-cho, Ofunato city, , Japan
Design Team: Chiaki Arai, Ryoichi Yoshizaki, Masatoshi Naito
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Taisuke Ogawa

M House / D.I.G Architects

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Architects: D.I.G Architects
Location: Nagoya,
Design Team: Akinori Yoshimura, Maki Yoshimura
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Takeshi Yamagishi

Table Hat / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: ,
Structure Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Producer: Uemura Design Studio
Lighting Designer: Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design
Contractor: Sensyu Ltd
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

House in Takadanobaba / Florian Busch Architects

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Architects: Florian Busch Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Momoyo Yamawaki
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroyasu Sakaguchi, Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects

Aron R&D Center / Osamu Morishita

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Architects: Osamu Morishita
Location: Shinpou, Toukai,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tamotsu Kurumada, Courtesy of

Karakida Community Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

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Architects: Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
Location: Tama city, ,
Architect In Charge: Chiaki Arai
Design Team: Chiaki Arai, Ryoichi Yoshizaki, Tomonori Niimi, Chiaki Hamamatsu
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Taisuke Ogawa

K House / D.I.G Architects

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Architects: D.I.G Architects
Location: City, Japan
Design Team: Akinori Yoshimura, Maki Yoshimura
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tomohiro Sakashita

HouseT / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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

A House in Kisami / Florian Busch Architects

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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: , Japan
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: , Niigata Prefecture, Japan
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 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.