T-house / ASOstyle

© Aquarius

Architects: ASOstyle
Location: Gifu,
Architect In Charge: Tatsushi Shibata,Toru Watabe
Area: 723.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aquarius

House in Fukuchiyama / arakawa Architects & Associates

© Daisuke Nakamura

Architects: arakawa Architects & Associates
Location: , Kyoto Prefecture,
Area: 192.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Daisuke Nakamura

Spotlight: Fumihiko Maki

Fumihiko Maki at MIT Media Lab, 2010

Fumihiko Maki, the Pritzker Prize laureate and 67th AIA Gold Medalist, turns 86 today. Widely considered to be one of Japan’s most distinguished living architects, Maki practices a unique style of Modernism that reflects his Japanese origin. Toshiko Mori has praised Maki’s ability to create “ineffable atmospheres” using a simple palette of various types of metal, concrete, and glass. His consistent integration and adoption of new methods of construction as part of his design language contribute to his personal quest to create “unforgettable scenes.”

House in Komaba / Soichi Yamasaki

© Shigeo Ogawa

Architects: Soichi Yamasaki
Location: Komaba, , Tokyo, Japan
Area: 71.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shigeo Ogawa, Kentaro Nemoto

House in Asahiku / Coo Planning

© Yuko Tada

Architects: Coo Planning
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Akiyoshi Nakao
Area: 55.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yuko Tada

Oggi / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Makoto Yamaguchi Design
Location: ,
Site Area: 212.11 sqm
Area: 377.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Timber Dentistry / Kohki Hiranuma Architect & Associates

© Satoshi Shigeta

Architects: Kohki Hiranuma Architect & Associates
Location: Minoo, Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Kohki Hiranuma
Area: 144.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Satoshi Shigeta

Beret / y+M

© Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

Architects: y+M
Location: Kagawa Prefecture,
Photographs: Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

MARK Magazine #51

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Articles on ’s building boom often highlight the property bubble, megalomaniac planners, governmental corruption and private graft, substandard building practices and the destruction of the nation’s cultural heritage.

In Mark #51, we interviewed four Chinese architects on four aspects of China’s building practices to reveal the mechanisms at the foundation of this unedifying image. Li Hu offers his thoughts on architecture, Liu Yuyang on urban planning, Li Xiaodong on aesthetics and Liu Jiakun on construction processes. What can we learn from their experience?

House in Komae / architect cafe

© Satoshi Asakawa

Architects: architect cafe
Location: ,
Area: 154.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Satoshi Asakawa

Rain Shelter House / y+M

© Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

Architects: y+M
Location: , 〒683-0805 Tottori Prefecture, Yonago, Nishifukubara, 6 Chome−2−45 SANロイヤル
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

P2Villa Shinsyo / Szki Architects

© Katsuya Suzuki’

Architects: Szki Architects
Location: , Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Area: 66.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Katsuya Suzuki’

Japanese and Chilean Architects Collaborate to Design Houses for the Ochoalcubo Project

Ochoalcubo (Eight-Cubed) is a pioneering project in Chile that seeks to unite leading Chilean and Japanese practices with ground-breaking architecture. The collaborative enterprise was started by Eduardo Godoy, a design impresario who began working in in the 1980s and who has always been a strong advocate for innovative design and architecture in the country. For a nation that boasts more than forty individual schools of architecture, the ever growing number of professionals seems to have had a relatively small impact on Chilean cities. Faced with the seemingly infinite landscape of ‘cookie-cutter housing’ in the suburbs, Godoy implemented Ochoalcubo in order to provide opportunities for young professionals, alongside fostering a new kind of appreciation for the profession itself. With a large number of architects having taken part in the first stage, including Smiljan Radic (designer of the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion), the third and fourth stage of what is certainly one of the world’s largest active architectural laboratories will be launched in the coming days.

See images from all sixteen proposals from third and fourth stages of the Ochoalcubo project, including those by SANAASou FujimotoKengo KumaAlejandro Aravena and Atelier Bow Wow, after the break.

North Garden House / y+M

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Architects: y+M
Location: , , Japan
Photographs: Courtesy of y+M design office

S Gallery & Residence / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: Mie Prefecture,
Area: 173.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Why Not Hand A Hermit Crab a Shelter?

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How could hermit crabs teach us a lesson about world peace? In her project, titled, “Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?” Japanese media design Aki Inomata is inspired by hermit crabs’ peaceable exchange of their shells, a metaphor for the peaceful exchange of land between countries. Exploring the theme further, she designs new shelters in the shape of world cities, and provides new homes for the crabs which represent the abstract perception of changing nationalities and identities.

Orandajima House Community Centre / Martin van der Linden + Ayumu Ota + Yuko Kawakita

© Josh Lieberman

Architects: , , Yuko Kawakita
Location: Yamada, Shimohei District, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Area: 196.0 sqm
Photographs: Josh Lieberman, Courtesy of Martin van der Linden + Ayumu Ota + Yuko Kawakita

Japanese Artist Hand-Crafts Intricate Three Dimensional Paperscapes

© Katsumi Hayakawa

Japanese  Katsumi Hayakawa’s “Paperworks” exhibition explores the impression of architectural density through delicate three-dimensional installations. The intricate sculptures were all hand-crafted piece by piece out of paper and glue, creating an awe-inspiring assemblage of multi-layered urban conditions at different scales. For more information and images, keep reading after the break.