KOU-AN Glass Tea House / Tokujin Yoshioka

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Architects: Tokujin Yoshioka
Location: , Prefecture,
Year: 2015
Photographs: Yasutake Kondo, Courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka

HA-HA Apartment / ninkipen!

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

Ephemeral House / NAAD

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Architects: NAAD
Location: , Prefecture,
Design Team: Yoichiro Hayashi, Shogo Sakurai
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: 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 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

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Architects: Shigenori Uoya Architects and Associates
Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture,
Area: 358.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Nakamura Kai

House in Kitaoji / Torafu Architects

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

Ritto House / ALTS Design Office

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Architects: ALTS Design Office
Location: ,
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: , Prefecture, Japan
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 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.

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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 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.

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: ,
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