The Japanese Tsunami – 3 Years Later

Onagawa after the Tsunami. Image © Flickr CC User inunami

Almost 3 years after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the North-East coastline of Japan, this article on Arcspace examines the current – unsettling – state of rebuilding in the Tōhoku region. According to former residents and architects working for Architecture for Humanity, plans neither address what the people want nor sufficiently provide protection in the event of a similar disaster. Furthermore, with now preparing for the 2020 Olympics, it seems the Tōhoku region is being neglected. Read more on the story here.

Ishikiri House / SUGAWARADAISUKE

© Takumi Ota

Architects: SUGAWARADAISUKE
Location: Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture,
Design & Development Managers: Daisuke Sugawara, Hiroshi Narahara
Area: 220 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Kengo Kuma Designs Cultural Centre in Iiyama

Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Kengu Kuma & Associates has unveiled designs for a small cultural complex comprising of two halls and a community centre located in , According to the architects, “publicly funded cultural centers tend to be alienated from the rest of the town for their typically large volumes.” As a result, they designed “the complex to be as open as possible toward the town and the landscape of Iiyama, so that all would exist in harmony.”

Cottage in Tsumari / Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

© Koji Fujii

Architects: Daigo Ishii , Future-scape Architects
Location: Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture,
Area: 67.48 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Koji Fujii

Ninety Nine Failures / The University of Tokyo Digital Fabrication Lab

© Hayato Wakabayashi

Architects: The University of Digital Fabrication Lab
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Teaching Staff: Yusuke Obuchi, Toshikatsu Kiuchi, So Sugita, Hironori Yoshida, Christopher Sjorberg, Yeonsang Shin, Miguel Puig, Zhang Ye, Ana Luisa Soares, Ma Sushuang, Tong Shan, Andrea Trajkovska, Quangtuan Ta, Wei Wang, Anders Rod, Benjamin Berwick, Qiaomu Jin, Fawad Osman, Yanli Xiong, Andrea Bagniewski, Kevin Clement, Ornchuma Saraya, Minjie Xu
Obayashi Corporation: Tomoo Yamamoto, Kenichi Misu, Gendai Ono, Yasuo Ichii, Keisuke Fujiwara, Shunsuke Niwa, Tatsuji Kimura, Masaru Emura, Taiki Byakuno, Takahide Okamoto
Structural Engineer: Tsukasa Takenaka (AnS Studio)
Construction: Multibuilder
Fabrication: Yokohama Systems, TREX Corporation
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hayato Wakabayashi, Courtesy of The University of Tokyo Digital Fabrication Lab

Shun Shoku Lounge by Guranavi / Kengo Kuma & Associates

Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: , Prefecture,
Area: 82.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Villa in Hakuba / Naka Architects

© Torimura Koichi

Architects: Naka Architects
Location: , Kitaazumi District, Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Toshiharu Naka
Area: 84 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Torimura Koichi, Toshiharu Naka

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Glass

To celebrate the launch of ArchDaily Materials, our new product catalog, we’ve rounded up 10 awesome projects from around the world that were inspired by one material: . Check out the projects after the break…

House in Daizawa / Nobuo Araki

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Architects: Nobuo Araki
Location: , Japan
Area: 66 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shimizu Ken

House in Yatsugatake / Kidosaki Architects Studio

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Architects: Kidosaki Architects Studio
Location: , Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Hirotaka Kidosaki
Design Team: Yuko Sano
Area: 303.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: 45g Photography

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Metal

To celebrate the launch of ArchDaily Materials, our new product catalog, we’ve rounded up 10 awesome projects from around the world that were inspired by one material: metal. Check out the projects after the break…

Repository / Jun Igarashi Architects

© Daici Ano

Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects
Location: , Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
Area: 279 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daici Ano

Polyphonic / Jun Igarashi Architects

© Daici Ano

Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects
Location: , Hokkaido Prefecture,
Area: 128 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daici Ano

Case / Jun Igarashi Architects

© Daici Ano

Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects
Location: , Hokkaido Prefecture,
Area: 81 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daici Ano

Grass Building / Ryo Matsui Architects

© Daici Ano

Architects: Ryo Matsui Architects
Location: Shiba, , Tokyo,
Area: 305.0 sqm
Photographs: Daici Ano

COBY Kindergarten / Tsushima Design Studio

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
Location: , Japan
Landscape Architects: PLATdesign
Area: 22320.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

House O / Jun Igarashi Architects

© Iwan Baan

Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects
Location: , Hokkaido Prefecture,
Area: 112 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Hair Do / Ryo Matsui Architects Inc

© Daici Ano

Architects: Ryo Matsui Architects Inc
Location: Japan, 〒274-0063 Chiba Prefecture, Funabashi, Narashinodai, 3 Chome18−11 Hair・do
Structural Design: Ryo Kuwako
Construction: Nichinan Iron Corporation
Area: 106.0 sqm
Photographs: Daici Ano