Venice Biennale 2012: Photos of the Japanese Pavilion by Patricia Parinejad

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Photographer Patricia Parinejad has shared with us her images from the Japanese Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. Presenting “Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all”, the exhibition tells the story of three emerging architects collaborating with the exhibit’s curator, , to design for the Rikuzentakata residents who lost their homes during the devastating 2011 tsunami. “The humanity of this project” impressed the Biennale jury and was awarded the top honor of the Gold Lion.

Check out our previous coverage on the exhibit for more information and continue after the break for more images.

KDR House / I.R.A.

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Architects: International Royal Architecture
Location: ,
Design Team: Akinori Kasegai, Daisuke Tsunakawa, Seo Jung Hwan
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nobuaki Nakagawa

Grove House / Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

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Architects: Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates
Location: Saitama,
Design Team: Jun’ichi Ito, Naoko Ito
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 105.13 sqm
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozumi

Yutenji Apartments / architecture WORKSHOP

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Architects: architecture WORKSHOP
Location: ,
Design Team: Koh Kitayama, Hiroko Hasama, Mariko Hama, Kim Young Woo, Shimpei Yamashita
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all / Japan Pavilion

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The Pavilion for the Venice Biennale (designed by Takamasa Yoshizaka in 1956) presented the exhibit “Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all”, curated by , with the participation of architectural photographer Naoya Hatakeyama, and architects Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto and Akihisa Hirata.

The exhibition, which was awarded with the Gold Lion at the Biennale, takes us through the process where these three emerging architects collaborated with Toyo Ito to design the “Home-for-all”, a project for the inhabitants of Rikuzentakata who lost their homes during the tsunami in 2011.

In the walls we find Hatakeyama’s photos from before and after the tsunami, along with a visual registry of the architects visiting the location. Around the pavilion, several study models reveal the process to design this unique type of house.

Home-for-all © David Basulto, ArchDaily

The jury stated at the award ceremony that ”the presentation and the storytelling in the Pavilion are exceptional and highly accessible to a broad audience. The jury was impressed with the humanity of this project.”

In the next days we will feature an exclusive interview with the curator, Toyo Ito. More photos and text from Toyo Ito after the break:

ISM House / I.R.A

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Architects: International Royal Architecture
Location: ,
Design Team: Akinori Kasegai, Daisuke Tsunakawa, Seo Jung Hwan, Kim Jino
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nobuaki Nakagawa

Edogawa Garage Club Renovation / Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

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Architects: Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates
Location: Edogawa, ,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozu

Kobuchi Apartment / Toru Kudo + architecture WORKSHOP

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Location: Kanagawa,
Design Team: Toru Kudo, Koh Kitayama, Mayumi Watanabe
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Daici Ano

Koloro Exhibition / Torafu Architects

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The Koloro Exhibition by Torafu Architects features their complete range of ‘koloro-desk / koloro-stool’, including versions which they collaborated with Mina Perhonen. Shown in CLASKA Gallery and Shop “DO” in , the name ‘koloro’ is an Esperanto word, meaning color, many colors are used at the exhibition. They also display many colorful “airvase” throughout the space, including a new version where we collaborated with photographer Mikiya Takimoto, and a special version of“airvase”, which is enough large to cover your whole body, floating up and down with the help of a motor. More images and architects’ description after the break.

ASH House / I.R.A

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Architects: International Royal Architecture
Location: , Japan
Design Team: Akinori Kasegai , Daisuke Tsunakawa
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of I.R.A.

Tokyo Fashion Museum Proposal / MUS Architects

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Designed by MUS Architects, their proposal for the Fashion Museum was recently named the winner of the World Architecture Awards 20+10+X. The whole structure of the building, from the entry yard to the top of the tower has been wound with a homogenic lether relating to the basic fabric of every fashion designer and constituting the base of every collection. Fibers of the fashion museum are lead in two rows – one layer of fiber winds around the building clockwise, the other one counter-closkwise thus resulting in a kind of a plaiting. Due to the small dimensions of the parcel being located in the intensely urbanized city tissue of Tokyo, the wide program of the fashion museum has been set up vertically on 22 levels (19 of which above the ground level). The result is a functional ‘pile’ of layers – ‘program squares’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Setsunan University Hirakata / Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm, Inc

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Architects: Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm, Inc
Location: Yawata city, Kyoto,
Architect In Charge: Kou Ohashi
Project Team: Tsutomu Kobayashi, Yoshihiko Taniguchi, Kou Ohashi, Hiroyuki Nagaoka, Hiroki Tanaka, Toshihiko Sawamura, Mitsuo Ichikawa
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 3,069.88 sqm
Photographs: Daici Ano


Cronnus / Doyle Collection

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Architects: Doyle Collection
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Aiji Inoue, Yuki Kanai
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

Unou House / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

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Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Location: , Japan
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, Iwate,
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: , Japan
Design Team: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Momoyo Yamawaki
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroyasu Sakaguchi, Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects