Kengu Kuma & Associates has unveiled designs for a small cultural complex comprising of two halls and a community centre located in Iiyama, Japan. According to the architects, “publicly funded cultural centers tend to be alienated from the rest of the town for their typically large volumes.” As a result, they designed “the complex to be as open as possible toward the town and the landscape of Iiyama, so that all would exist in harmony.”
Iwan Baan, who has photographed many well-known architectural works, many which have been featured on ArchDaily, recently shot the Hiroshi Senju Museum, designed by Tokyo based architect Ryue Nishizawa who won the Pritzker Prize in 2010 and is known for his works of various scales throughout Japan.. The museum opened in October 2011 and possesses around 100 works by Hiroshi, a Japanese painter known for his large scale waterfall paintings. More photos of the museum can be viewed after the break and the complete photoset in Iwan’s website.
Architects: Kyoko Ikuta Architecture Laboratory – Kyoko Ikuta, Katsuyuki Ozeki – Ozeki Architects & Associates
Location: Nagano, Japan
Construction material: Steel
Land area: 590.94 sqm
Total floor area: 71.37 sqm
Structural engineering: IIJIMA Structural Design Office
Constructor: Daiichi kensetsu
Photographs: Tomohiro Sakashita
Designed by Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates the InBetween House is a collection of small mountain cottages situated amongst Japanese larch trees in a mountainous region outside of Tokyo. A retreat from their busy work in the city, the clients wanted a house that could seamlessly blend into the natural surrounding, topography and local culture.
Architects: Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates
Location: Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan
Project Team: Koji Tsutsui, Satoshi Ohkami
Structural Engineers: ANARCHItects(CG), Hirotsugu Tsuboi
General Contractor: Sasazawa Construction, Inc.
Project Area: 178.43 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan
The INCS Zero Factory and showroom is a building focused on merging landscape with architecture and art with technology. Designed by KPF, it is located within the Japanese Alps in Nagano. The new factory also needed to include offices and a demonstration facility, as well as provide areas of focused experimentation for research and development.