The Corner House in Kitashirakawa / UME architects

20:00 - 30 January, 2016
The Corner House in Kitashirakawa / UME architects, © Yasushi Ichikawa
© Yasushi Ichikawa

© Yasushi Ichikawa © Yasushi Ichikawa © Yasushi Ichikawa © Yasushi Ichikawa +32

Eaves Around House / y+ M design office

19:00 - 28 December, 2015
Eaves Around House / y+ M design office, © Yohei Sasakura
© Yohei Sasakura

© Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura +32

Japan's Abandoned Golf Courses Get Second Life As Solar Farms

16:00 - 10 August, 2015
Japan's Abandoned Golf Courses Get Second Life As Solar Farms, Rendering of Kyocera's Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills project. Image © Kyocera
Rendering of Kyocera's Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills project. Image © Kyocera

With a goal to double the amount of its renewable energy power sources by 2030, Japan has begun to transform abandoned golf courses into massive solar energy plants. As Quartz reports, Kyocera, a company known for its floating solar plants, has started construction on a 23-megawatt solar plant on an old golf course in the Kyoto prefecture (scheduled to open in 2017). The company also plans to break ground on a similar, 92-megawatt plant in the Kagoshima prefecture next year. Pacifico Energy is also jumping on the trend; with the help of GE Energy Financial Services, the company is overseeing two solar plant golf course projects in the Okayama prefecture. The idea is spreading too; plans to transform gold courses into solar fields are underway in New YorkMinnesota and other US states as well.

YOC Restaurant / GENETO

22:00 - 12 June, 2015
YOC Restaurant  / GENETO, © Yasutake Kondo
© Yasutake Kondo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    429.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo © Yasutake Kondo +19

KOU-AN Glass Tea House / Tokujin Yoshioka

20:00 - 30 April, 2015
KOU-AN Glass Tea House / Tokujin Yoshioka, © Yasutake Kondo
© Yasutake Kondo

Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka © Yasutake Kondo Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka © Yasutake Kondo +32

HA-HA Apartment / ninkipen!

20:00 - 20 April, 2015
HA-HA Apartment / ninkipen!, © Hiroki Kawata
© Hiroki Kawata
  • Architects

  • 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 +12

Ephemeral House / NAAD

20:00 - 23 February, 2015
Ephemeral House / NAAD, © Keishiro Yamada
© Keishiro Yamada
  • Architects

  • 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 +31

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

00:00 - 9 February, 2015

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

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
A Church in Kyoto / Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates, © Nakamura Kai
© Nakamura Kai

© Nakamura Kai © Nakamura Kai © Nakamura Kai © Nakamura Kai +22

House in Kitaoji / Torafu Architects

01:00 - 21 June, 2014
House in Kitaoji  / Torafu Architects, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +23

Ritto House / ALTS Design Office

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
Ritto House / ALTS Design Office, Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
  • Architects

  • 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 +18

Belly House / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

01:00 - 4 April, 2014
Belly House / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +23

Hazukashi House / ALTS Design Office

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Hazukashi House  / ALTS Design Office, Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area

    93.0 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 +17

House in Shichiku / Shimpei Oda Architect’s Office

01:00 - 15 February, 2014
House in Shichiku / Shimpei Oda Architect’s Office, © shinkenchiku-sha
© shinkenchiku-sha

© shinkenchiku-sha © shinkenchiku-sha © shinkenchiku-sha © shinkenchiku-sha +32

Light Valley / Future Studio

01:00 - 21 October, 2013
Light Valley / Future Studio, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano
  • Architects

  • 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 +17

CAADRIA 2014 Conference

00:00 - 17 August, 2013
CAADRIA 2014 Conference, Courtesy of Kyoto Institute of Technology
Courtesy of Kyoto Institute of Technology

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

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
AD Classics: The Kyoto International Conference Center / Sachio Otani, Photo by Christopher via flickr.com/photos/identity-chris-is
Photo by Christopher via flickr.com/photos/identity-chris-is

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 +11

House in Ichijoji / Tadahiro Shimada

01:00 - 27 May, 2011
House in Ichijoji / Tadahiro Shimada, © Kei Sugino
© Kei Sugino
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Tadahiro Shimada
  • Area

    59.63 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino +11