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YOC Restaurant / GENETO

  • Architects: GENETO
  • Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 429.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Yasutake Kondo

© Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo

KOU-AN Glass Tea House / Tokujin Yoshioka

Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka © Yasutake Kondo Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka © Yasutake Kondo

HA-HA Apartment / ninkipen!

  • Architects: ninkipen!
  • Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Yasuo Imazu
  • Area: 65.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

© Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata

Ephemeral House / NAAD

  • Architects: NAAD
  • Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Design Team: Yoichiro Hayashi, Shogo Sakurai
  • Area: 60.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Keishiro Yamada

© Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada

"Classic Japan" Episode 2: Sachio Otani's Kyoto International Conference Center

The second episode in "Classic Japan" features the 1966 Kyoto International Conference Center by Sachio Otani. The site of the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, Otani's waterfront conference center unfurls onto nearby Lake Takaragaike via a series of concrete pathways that offset the centre's Brutalist weight. Filmed and edited by Vincent Hecht, a French architect and film maker currently living in Tokyo, the series focuses on Japanese architecture from the 1950s to the 80s.

Before working on the conference center, Otani had previously worked in the office of Kenzo Tange, whose Yoyogi National Gymnasium was featured in the first episode of the "Classic Japan" series.

A Church in Kyoto / Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates

© Nakamura Kai © Nakamura Kai © Nakamura Kai © Nakamura Kai

House in Kitaoji / Torafu Architects

  • Architects: Torafu Architects
  • Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 134.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

Ritto House / ALTS Design Office

  • Architects: ALTS Design Office
  • Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects In Charge: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area: 71.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Belly House / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano

Light Valley / Future Studio

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

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano

CAADRIA 2014 Conference

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, Japan. 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

The International conference center in Kyoto is a geometric megastructure of exposed, reinforced concrete designed by Japanese architect Sachio Otani 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. 

Read more after the break...

The main conference hall, via www.congre.co.jp Photo by satti07 via flickr.com/photos/satti07 Photo by Gili Merin Photo by Gili Merin

Doshisha Chapel Complex Competition Entry / BAKOKO + Structured Environment

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 Kyoto 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.

72h OpenJapan WorkJam

The event will start at 10am (1am GMT) on June 10th with a six hour work session in Kyoto, 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.

House in Ichijoji / Tadahiro Shimada

  • Architects: Tadahiro Shimada
  • Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects: Tadahiro Shimada
  • Area: 59.63 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Kei Sugino

© Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino