Users Create the Color in this Super-Sized Kaleidoscope

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2013 KOBE Biennale visitors had the opportunity to experience the magic of a kaleidoscope in a whole new way thanks to Saya Miyazaki and Masakazu Shiranes’ award-winning . The psychedelic polyhedral was designed for the Art Container Contest, which challenged participants to create interesting environments within the confines of a single shipping container. As visitors meandered through the , they became active participants – rather than passive observers – in the kaleidoscope’s constantly changing appearance. For more images and information, continue after the break.

M4 House / Architect Show

© Toshihisa Ishii

Architects: Architect Show
Location: , Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Masahiko Sato
Area: 120.0 sqm
Photographs: Toshihisa Ishii

Patio / Yaita and Associates

© Shigeo Ogawa

Architects: Yaita and Associates
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Hisaaki Yaita , Naoko Yaita
Area: 227.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Shigeo Ogawa, Shinkenchiku-sha

A-2 House / Architect Show

© Toshihisa Ishii

Architects: Architect Show
Location: , Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Masahiko Sato
Builder: Shiraishi construction Co.,Ltd
Area: 195.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Toshihisa Ishii


© Satoshi Asakawa

Architects: K2YT
Location: , Japan
Consult: Takeshi Suzuki
Area: 291.0 sqm
Photographs: Satoshi Asakawa

House in Gokurakuji / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates

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Architects: Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates
Location: , Kanagawa Prefecture,
Area: 70.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shinkenchiku-sha

Kobato Nursery School / so1architect

© Kai Nakamura

Architects: so1architect
Location: , Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Soichi Yamasaki
Area: 1,098 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture’s Installation of Floating, Perforated Membranes

© Issei Mori

Japanese firm Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture‘s “Fusionner 1.0″ was on display this past March at the White Gallery Cube in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. The consisted of two horizontal floating membranes stretched across a simple rectilinear room, dividing the space vertically into three sections.

House In Iizuka / Rhythmdesign

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Rhythmdesign
Location: Rakuichi, , Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kenichiro Ide
Design Team: Kenichiro Ide, Mariko Shimada
Area: 69 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Wine & Sweets Tsumons / CASE-REAL

© Hiroshi Mizusaki

Architects: CASE-REAL
Location: , Prefecture,
Architects In Charge: Koichi Futatusmata, Tomoki Katada
Area: 65 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroshi Mizusaki

Style Bakery / SNARK

© Ippei Shinzawa

Architects: SNARK
Location: Hamamatsucho, , Gunma, Japan
Architects In Charge: Sunao Koase,Yu Yamada
Area: 280.0 sqm
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

House in Tomigusuku / Rhythmdesign

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Rhythmdesign
Location: , Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kenichiro Ide
Design Team: Kenichiro Ide, Yuta Kinai
Area: 64 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Tokyo’s Modernist Gem, Hotel Okura, To Be Demolished

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Talk about Modernist Japanese architecture, and you can hardly fail to bring up Tokyo‘s Hotel Okura. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been a landmark not only for the city, but for Japan. Now, however, the hotel’s owners have decided that the main building for the hotel will be demolished in September of 2015, with a new hotel taking its place. To learn more – including how to sign the petition for preservation – keep reading after the break.

KORO House / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

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Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Location: , Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Area: 68 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Sunomata / Keitaro Muto

© Teruaki Yoshiike

Architects: Keitaro Muto
Location: Ogaki, Misasa, Tohaku District, Tottori Prefecture,
Area: 186 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Teruaki Yoshiike

Mino Nursery School 7 / Atelier Zo

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Architects: Atelier Zo
Location: , Gifu Prefecture,
Area: 473.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Kosei Kumoyama, Keiko Hirota, Sawazaki Kensetsu, Atelier ZO

House in Nishimikuni / Arbol Design

© Yasunori Shimomura

Architects: Arbol Design
Location: Nishimikuni, , Osaka,
Area: 92 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yasunori Shimomura

House for Viewing the Mountain / Kawashima Mayumi Architects Design

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: Kawashima Mayumi Architects Design
Location: , Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Mayumi Kawashima
Area: 109.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano