House in Kitaoji / Torafu Architects

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Architects: Torafu Architects
Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture,
Area: 134 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daici Ano

Ritto House / ALTS Design Office

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Architects: ALTS Design Office
Location: , Japan
Architects In Charge: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
Area: 71 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Belly House / Tomohiro Hata

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Architects: Tomohiro Hata
Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture,
Area: 43 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Hazukashi House / ALTS Design Office

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Architects: ALTS Design Office
Location: , Japan
Architects In Charge: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
Area: 93 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

House in Shichiku / Shimpei Oda Architect’s Office

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Architects: Shimpei Oda Architect’s Office
Location: , Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Shimpei Oda
Area: 53.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: shinkenchiku-sha

Light Valley / Future Studio

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Architects: Future Studio
Location: , Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Bunzo Ogawa
Structures: Eisuke Mitsuda
Area: 98.35 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

CAADRIA 2014 Conference

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CAADRIA 2014: The 19th International Conference of the Association of Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia is set to take place May 14-17 in Kyoto, . Hosted by Kyoto Institute of Technology, keynote speakers include Paul Richens (Professor, University of Bath), Joichi ”Joi” Ito (Director of the MIT Media Lab), and Hitoshi Abe (Chair, Professor, UCLA & Architect).

With the theme, ‘Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture,’ the conference is influenced by Buckminster Fuller’s holistic worldview as the concept of Comprehensive Design was proliferated by the publication of the Whole Earth Catalog, an American counterculture publication, by Stewart Brand in the late 1960s and early 1970s. 45 years have passed since then, and now the concept of Comprehensive Design has evolved from a utopian idea to an actualized design tool. More information after the break.

AD Classics: The Kyoto International Conference Center / Sachio Otani

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The International conference center in is a geometric megastructure of exposed, reinforced concrete designed by Japanese architect in 1963. Although relatively unknown, the Center is a unique, Modern masterpiece that re-interprets traditional Japanese architecture and asserts itself powerfully into its peaceful, natural surroundings.

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Doshisha Chapel Complex Competition Entry / BAKOKO + Structured Environment

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Architects BAKOKO, in collaboration with engineers Structured Environment, shared with us their proposal for a new chapel and Center for Christian Culture at Doshisha University’s campus. With structure, form, and function molded into a singular totality, their intention is not to draw attention to the form of the building, but rather, to merge floor, walls, and roof into an immersive experience prioritizing personal reflection and human interaction within the central sanctums. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Shiseikan / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Sakyo-ku, -shi, Prefecture,
Completion: 2008
Site area: 65,892.34 sqm
Total floor area: 5,002.529 sqm
Photographs: Fujita Syashin Kobo

Jidaiya Arashiyama / GENETO

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Architect: GENETO - Koji Yamanaka, Yuji Yamanaka, Asako Yamashita
Location: , Japan
Structure: Wooded structure
Floor Area: 47.79 sqm
Total Floor Area: 94.6 sqm
Photographs: Yasutake Kondo

House In Kyoto / FORM | Kouichi Kimura

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Architects: FORM | Kouichi Kimura
Location: ,
Client: Private
Construction Year: 2011
Site Area: 355,72 sqm
Constructed Area: 213,20 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota

New Kyoto Town House / Alphaville Architects

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Architect: Alphaville Architects – Kentaro Takeguchi + Asako Yamamoto
Location: ,
Project Team: Tomohisa Koike(Associate Architect), Kazuo Takeguchi(Structural Engineer)
General contractor: Craftman Ship Kawana
Project Area: 78.68 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Alphaville Architects

Keyhole House / EASTERN Design Office

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Architects: EASTERN Design Office
Location: ,
Project Area: 103.47 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Panscape Bakery / ninkipen!

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Architects: ninkipen!
Location: Kyoto,
Project Area: 26.53 sqm
Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

72h OpenJapan WorkJam

OpenSimSim is an open source architecture network based in Berlin. At the moment they are initiating a 72hr worldwide workSprint in order to create a sustainable project for . This project will be developed by people in various cities around the world (Tokyo, Chennai, Moscow, Berlin, Madrid, Pisa, Torino, Lisbon, New York, Kansas).

The event will start at 10am (1am GMT) on June 10th with a six hour work session in , Japan, out of which will come the basis of our ideas and possible real projects collected beforehand and discussed within the advisory board of OpenJapan. The results from this first brain storming session will be passed over to the next city by order of timezone. After 24h the status of the work will be handed back to one node in Japan. This principle of a relay race will be repeated over 72h.

For more information, please go to the event’s official website.

House in Ichijoji / Tadahiro Shimada

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Architects: Tadahiro Shimada
Location: Kyoto,
Project Year: 2010-2011
Project Area: 59.63 sqm
Photographs: Kei Sugino

Atelier K / Kensaku Tohmoto

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Architects: Kensaku Tohmoto
Location: Kyoto,
Contractor: Sanwa Koumuten Co. Ltd.
Project area: 86 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Yoshiyuki Hirai