Kengo Kuma Designs Cultural Centre in Iiyama

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Kengu Kuma & Associates has unveiled designs for a small cultural complex comprising of two halls and a community centre located in , 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.”

House in Yatsugatake / Kidosaki Architects Studio

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Architects: Kidosaki Architects Studio
Location: Nagano, Nagano Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Hirotaka Kidosaki
Design Team: Yuko Sano
Area: 303.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: 45g Photography

House in Sengataki / Case Design Studio

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Architects: Case Design Studio
Location: Nagano,
Architect In Charge: Yokota Norio, Kawamura Noriko
Site Area: 1,058 sqm
Area: 146 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Case Design Studio

Minamihara 3645 / Yasui Hideo Atelier

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Architects: Yasui Hideo Atelier
Location: , Japan
Area: 164.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Yasui Hideo Atelier

MYZ Family House / no.555

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Architect: no.555 - Tsuchida Takuya
Location: ,
Structural Design: Frame works, Megumi Akimoto
Completion: 2011
Site area: 335.96
Floor Area: 97.39
Photographer: Koichi Torimura


Hiroshi Senju Museum / Ryue Nishizawa


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 .. 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.

Momofuku Ando Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: 1100 Okubo Komoro, ,
Completion: 2010
Total floor area: 1,999 sqm
Structural engineers: Kanebako Structural Engineers
Mechanical engineers: P.T.Morimura & Associates, LTD
General contractor: Taisei Corporation
Photographs: Daici Ano

Forest Bath / Kyoko Ikuta Architecture Laboratory

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Architects: Kyoko Ikuta Architecture Laboratory – Kyoko Ikuta, Katsuyuki Ozeki – Ozeki Architects & Associates
Location: Nagano,
Completion: 2010
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

InBetween House / Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates

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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: , 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

INCS Zero Factory / KPF

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The INCS Zero Factory and showroom is a building focused on merging landscape with architecture and art with technology. Designed by , it is located within the Japanese Alps in . The new factory also needed to include offices and a demonstration facility, as well as provide areas of focused experimentation for research and development.

Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Location: Nagano, Japan
Client: INCS
Project Area: 86,000 sqf
Photographs: H.G. Esch, Iijima