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SOM Breaks Ground on One of the Largest Redevelopments in Tokyo’s History

14:30 - 21 September, 2016
SOM Breaks Ground on One of the Largest Redevelopments in Tokyo’s History, © Methanoia
© Methanoia

Construction is now underway on Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s (SOM) OH-1 redevelopment project in the Ohtemachi District of Tokyo, Japan. Covering a 20,000 square meter (215,000 square foot) site, the project constitutes one of the largest revitalization projects in Tokyo’s history. The complex includes two high-rise, mixed-use buildings containing a luxury hotel, commercial office space, retail and cultural facilities, and is centered around a park and public area that will visually connect the development to the adjacent Imperial Palace East Gardens.

House in Kugayama / miCo.

19:00 - 12 September, 2016
House in Kugayama  / miCo., © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Mizuki Imamura + Isao Shinohara
  • Area

    119.24 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Copenhagen Named the World's Most Livable City in Metropolis Magazine's 2016 Rankings

09:30 - 11 September, 2016
Copenhagen Named the World's Most Livable City in Metropolis Magazine's 2016 Rankings, Copenhagen. Public domain image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vor_Frelsers_Kirke-view8.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a>.
Copenhagen. Public domain image via Wikimedia.

Metropolis Magazine has released their 2016 rankings of the world's most "livable" cities. Acknowledging that what makes a city "livable" can often be subjective, the team at Metropolis emphasizes that in creating the list they "focused on the concerns at Metropolis’ core—housing, transportation, sustainability, and culture." The result of this research was last year's top prize-winner Toronto dropping to the number 9 spot and Copenhagen, which last year took the number 4 spot, jumping to the top. Rounding out the top three are Berlin and Helsinki.

Video: Inside Sou Fujimoto's Pavilion at HOUSE VISION Tokyo 2016

14:00 - 31 August, 2016

In this video, French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht takes us inside “Rental Space Tower,” Sou Fujimoto’s pavilion at HOUSE VISION Tokyo 2016. Designed in partnership with residential leasing and management company Daito Trust Construction, the structure aims to challenge the conventional typologies of rental housing, maximizing the amount of shared space within the complex.

Check out the video for a look inside the structure, and continue reading for more on the concept behind the design.

CASA O / Takahashi Ippei Office

20:00 - 19 August, 2016
CASA O / Takahashi Ippei Office, © Ippei Takahashi
© Ippei Takahashi

© Ippei Takahashi © Ippei Takahashi © Ippei Takahashi © Ippei Takahashi +13

Ondo / MAMM DESIGN

03:00 - 19 August, 2016
Ondo  / MAMM DESIGN, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Area

    89.34 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

New Images of Completed Pavilions Released as HOUSE VISION Tokyo Opens to the Public

14:00 - 1 August, 2016
New Images of Completed Pavilions Released as HOUSE VISION Tokyo Opens to the Public, Courtesy of HOUSE VISION Tokyo
Courtesy of HOUSE VISION Tokyo

New images from HOUSE VISION Tokyo 2016 have been released as the event opened to the public this past weekend. This year’s theme, “Co-Dividual: Split and Connect / Separate and Come Together,” explores how architecture can create new connections between individuals, and the ways Japanese housing can adapt to cultural shifts through the implementation of technology.

This year’s exhibition features house designs by top Japanese architects including Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban and Atelier Bow-Wow, each paired with a leading company to envision and implement new strategies in housing design.

Continue after the break to see images from the event and the pavilions.

Call for Ideas: Tokyo Vertical Cemetery | Death in the City

19:20 - 6 July, 2016
Call for Ideas: Tokyo Vertical Cemetery | Death in the City

Private developers in Tokyo have used temples as covers to build cemetery plots which they can sell for ten times the price of land without taxes. This practice results in the unwanted placement of cemeteries adjacent to homes in the already densely populated neighborhoods of Tokyo. Amplifying this issue are the ever-changing demographics of Tokyo. Recent studies show that the city’s average age is rapidly increasing, with nearly twenty-five percent of the population being 65 or older and a large majority over the age of 30. Similarly, more and more rural residents are coming into Tokyo, increasing the overall population. As the age and population increase, Tokyo is being forced to face the issue of burial space.

HOUSE VISION Tokyo Returns for Summer 2016 to Exhibit 12 Home Ideas

13:30 - 20 June, 2016
HOUSE VISION Tokyo Returns for Summer 2016 to Exhibit 12 Home Ideas, Courtesy of HOUSE VISION 2016 TOKYO EXHIBITION
Courtesy of HOUSE VISION 2016 TOKYO EXHIBITION

Following the success of the inaugural HOUSE VISION Tokyo in 2013, the exhibition is set to return again this summer under the theme of “Co-Dividual: Split and Connect / Separate and Come Together.” Once again curated by Kenya Hara, designer and creative director for minimalist housewares retailer Muji, the month-long event will tackle the objective of “thinking about how to create new connections between individuals,” as well as build upon the topics explored by its previous edition, namely the ways in which Japanese housing can adapt to recent demographic, technological and cultural shifts, and the vision of the house as the intersection between industries.

This year’s exhibition will feature house designs by top Japanese architects such as Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban and Atelier Bow-Wow, each paired with a leading company to envision and implement new strategies in housing design. The houses will be constructed at full-scale, allowing event-goers to fully experience and reflect upon each design.

Courtesy of HOUSE VISION 2016 TOKYO EXHIBITION Courtesy of HOUSE VISION 2016 TOKYO EXHIBITION Courtesy of HOUSE VISION 2016 TOKYO EXHIBITION Courtesy of HOUSE VISION 2016 TOKYO EXHIBITION +29

Tenhachi House / .8 Tenhachi Architect & Interior Design

20:00 - 13 June, 2016
 Tenhachi House  / .8 Tenhachi Architect & Interior Design  , © Akihide Mishima
© Akihide Mishima

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Team Living House / Masatoshi Hirai Architects Atelier

19:00 - 2 June, 2016
© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +19

Hue 5F / Schemata Architects

22:00 - 24 May, 2016
Hue 5F / Schemata Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Jo Nagasaka (Schemata Architects)
  • Project Team

    Ryosuke Yamamoto, Ou Ueno
  • Construction

    TANK
  • Area

    512.8 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Blue Bottle Coffee Shinjuku Cafe / Schemata Architects

19:00 - 28 April, 2016
Blue Bottle Coffee Shinjuku Cafe  / Schemata Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +12

House U / Atelier KUKKA Architects

20:00 - 27 April, 2016
House U  / Atelier KUKKA Architects, © Kai Nakamura
© Kai Nakamura

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura +16

Cedar House, Pine House / S PLUS ONE architecture

19:00 - 20 April, 2016
Cedar House, Pine House / S PLUS ONE architecture, © Naoki Kobayashi
© Naoki Kobayashi

© Naoki Kobayashi © Naoki Kobayashi © Naoki Kobayashi © Naoki Kobayashi +14

Ingenhoven Architects Reveal Plans for Green Towers in Tokyo

06:00 - 20 April, 2016
Ingenhoven Architects Reveal Plans for Green Towers in Tokyo, A new office tower (height 185 m) and a residential tower (height 220 m) will be built on both sides of the existing Toranomon Hills Mori Tower. Together they will form the new Toranomon business and lifestyle center. (Competition proposal image). Image © ingenhoven architects
A new office tower (height 185 m) and a residential tower (height 220 m) will be built on both sides of the existing Toranomon Hills Mori Tower. Together they will form the new Toranomon business and lifestyle center. (Competition proposal image). Image © ingenhoven architects

ingenhoven architects has released its design for the Toranomon Project, a new business and lifestyle development that will include a 175,000-square-meter office tower and a 122,000-square-meter residential tower, which will become Tokyo’s highest residential building at approximately 220 meters tall.

Located in the Toranomon area of Tokyo, the project will be built around the existing Toranomon Hills Mori Tower, with respect for the existing structure, but with its own identity as a set of nodes in the larger urban green network.

OMA Reveals Design for Mixed-Use Tower in Tokyo

12:00 - 13 April, 2016
OMA Reveals Design for Mixed-Use Tower in Tokyo, View from Bridge Looking up to Sky Box and Upper Atrium. Image Courtesy of OMA
View from Bridge Looking up to Sky Box and Upper Atrium. Image Courtesy of OMA

OMA has revealed the design for its first skyscraper in Tokyo. A tower with a torqued front-facade, the building incorporates an elevated park and access to a new Hibiya Line subway station in a project that mixes hotel, office, and retail components.

In the Loop / Takuma Sugi + Nanako Hirai + Ben Nitta

22:00 - 12 April, 2016
In the Loop  / Takuma Sugi  + Nanako Hirai  + Ben Nitta, © Keiko Kuramoto
© Keiko Kuramoto

© Keiko Kuramoto © Keiko Kuramoto © Keiko Kuramoto © Keiko Kuramoto +24