Birdhouse / Takato Tamagami

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Architects: Takato Tamagami
Location: ,
Construction: kwiksync co.,ltd
Area: 130 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masaya Yoshimura

Arrow / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: ,
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
Area: 84.22 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Mokumoku Kindergarten / 16A Inc.

© Masaya Yoshimura

Architects: 16A Inc.
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Tatsuta Ogawa, Hiroya Kobiki
Area: 1,665 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masaya Yoshimura, Tatsuya Ogawa

Lattice / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: ,
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
Area: 101.44 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

House of Aoba / SKAL + OUVI

© Hideya Amemiya

Architects: OUVI, SKAL
Location: , Japan
Planning: Kazuya Shikinami
Structural Engineer: Shin Yokoo,Keita KIsami
Landscaping: Fujikura landscaping design office
Furniture Design: KENRIKI
Area: 53.2 sqm
Photographs: Hideya Amemiya

Aluminium Flower Garden / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

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Architects: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
Location: , Japan
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

Nousfit Warehouse / Hideo Horikawa Architect & Associates

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Architects: Hideo Horikawa Architect & Associates
Location: ,
Design: Hideo Horikawa
Contractor: Takeshi Koumuten
Area: 39.74 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Katsuhisa Kida

Roji House / airscape architects studio

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: airscape architects studio
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Tsuyoshi Ando
Area: 132.06 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Hachioji Tree House / Airscape Architects Studio + torinuso

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Architects: Airscape Architects Studio + 
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Tsuyoshi Ando, Kazuki Ohtomo
Area: 255 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Park House / another APARTMENT

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Architects: another APARTMENT
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Tsuyoshi Kobayashi
Area: 27.6 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Happy 72nd Birthday, Toyo Ito!

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Toyo Ito (June 1, 1941) turns 72 today, only three days after receiving the Pritzker Prize in Boston. In his acceptance speech Wednesday night, Ito explained that for him, “the task of the architect is to release people from [conventional and] restrictive frameworks by creating spaces in which they feel at ease and in which they can attain some degree of freedom.”

Not only is renowned for striving to make flexible spaces that appeal to the human senses, he also draws most of his inspiration from the organic forms of nature and prioritizes fluidity between the natural world and the built form in his designs. Yet despite having a specific perspective on what architects and architecture should aspire to be, Ito defies definition – each of his many works is extremely unique and he is famous for being able to “synthesize many architectural languages and functionalities in the expression of one personal ‘syntax’.”

We invite you to explore the work of this year’s most celebrated architect after the break.

‘MonsterScape’ Exhibit / Hannat Architects

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‘MonsterScape’, an exhibition display design for Monster Exhibition 2013 organized by Recover & Rebuild Japanese art & design, was a concept created by Hannat Architects to exhibit monsters as a metaphor of disaster and to prevent people’s consciousness of disaster from diminishing. On display this past February, the organizer of the event wanted this exhibition to be something not to tell the misery of disaster but to recall “important things” that tend to be forgotten in everyday life, and visitors to enjoy art and design. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kadokeshi / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki

© Hiroyuki Hirai

Architects: +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki
Location: ,
Architects: Shintaro Matsushita, Takashi Suzuki
Construction: Miki Construction Company
Area: 110 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

NN House / Kozo Yamamoto

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Kozo Yamamoto
Location: Tokyo,
Structural Engineer: a・s・t atelier
Contractor: B・L home
Area: 61.59 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Coach Omotesando Flagship / OMA

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Architects: OMA
Location: Tokyo,
Partner In Charge: Shohei Shigematsu
Project Architect: Rami Abou Khalil
Team: Yolanda do Campo, Benedict Clouette with Jackie Woon Bae, Cass Nakashima, Phillip Poon, David Theisz
Area: 444.75 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Hachiouji House / Krew Architects

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Architects: Krew Architects
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Krew Architects
Design Team: Ryosuke Kanayama, Tadashi Kawarasaki
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Krew Architects

House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI

© Ippei Shinzawa

Architects: SNARK + OUVI
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Sunao Koase, Yu Yamada, Shin Yokoo
Structural Engineer: Shin Yokoo
General Constructors: Yasumatsu Takken
Area: 10,313 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

‘The Twist’: Tokyo Olympic Stadium Competition Entry / MenoMenoPiu Architects + FHF Architectes

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Designed as not only a sports stadium, but as a city fragment, the design by MenoMenoPiu Architects + FHF Architectes is an attractor: innovative and a generator of vitality. Given the name The Twist, their proposal for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium is expanding in order to better reach users’ requirements: proximity, diversity, and accessibility. Their conept, unlike other conventional stadiums, is an elliptical spiral which is gradually unrolling and forming. More images and architects’ description after the break.