Dear Jingumae Building / amano design office

© Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Architects: amano design office
Location: 3 Chome Jingumae, Shibuya, ,
Architect In Charge: Yoshihiro Amano
Area: 573.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Snow Picnic / Torafu

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Torafu
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Production: Ishimaru
Area: 64.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Takumi Ota

House in Ohno / Airhouse Design Office

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: Airhouse Design Office
Location: , 〒510-0089 Mie, Yokkaichi, Motomachi, 9−14 OHNO
Architect In Charge: Keiichi Kiriyama
Area: 128.0 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

C-House / Yasuhiro Sone

© Hideo Mori

Architects: Yasuhiro Sone
Location: , Gifu, Japan
Area: 382.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hideo Mori

House in Miyake / Hidetaka Nakahara Architects + Yoshio Ohno Architects

© Kenji Masunaga

Architects: Hidetaka Nakahara Architects, Yoshio Ohno Architects
Location: , , Japan
Site Area: 341.42sqm
Area: 93.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kenji Masunaga

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, Meguro, , Japan
Area: 71.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shigeo Ogawa, Kentaro Nemoto

House in Asahiku / Coo Planning

© Yuko Tada

Architects: Coo Planning
Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture,
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: Tokyo,
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

Courtesy of MARK Magazine

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: , Japan
Area: 154.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Satoshi Asakawa

Rain Shelter House / y+M

© Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya

Architects: y+M
Location: Japan, 〒683-0805 Tottori Prefecture, , 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.