Terunobu Fujimori’s Soft-Hard Zinc House Opens Near Tokyo

Soft-hard looking zinc house. Image © Maria Novozhilova

A new private house designed by an exceptional Japanese architect, Terunobu Fujimori, has opened. The new building is located in a small provincial town near to . Neighbored by typical one-family residences, the newcomer comes to the fore. Different, shiny and apparently soft metallic façade catches the visitor’s eye. 

Yet the scale of the building is much smaller than one might expect. Every height, width and depth are accurately measured and left from a certain point of view spatially stingy: no waste is admissible here.

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We recently went to Tokyo during the Sakura to visit the city’s incredible architecture: from Metabolist towers and the work of Pritzker laureates to the buildings of the new generation of Japanese architects. See the 27 photos we snapped after the break.

Also, leave your suggestions for our next Instatour in the comments below, and be sure to follow @ArchDaily on Instagram to travel with us through the world of architecture! Next destination: #Venice.

Video: SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama by Kengo Kuma

As a part of his ongoing film series about Japanese architecture, French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht has created this visual exploration of SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama by Kengo Kuma.  Designed to resemble a bamboo basket, this pineapple cake shop is built using the traditional Japanese joint technique of “Jiigoku-Gumi.”  The wooden latticework is meant to provide visual contrast with the concrete facades of the building’s neighbors.

The Pool Aoyama / Nobuo Araki

© Atsushi Fuseya

Architects: Nobuo Araki
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: / The Archetype
Area: 161 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Atsushi Fuseya, Kai Hiroyo

Switch Residence / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Satoshi Kurosaki
Area: 123 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Cave Residence / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Satoshi Kurosaki
Area: 129 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

House in Daizawa / Nobuo Araki

© Shimizu Ken

Architects: Nobuo Araki
Location: , Japan
Area: 66 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shimizu Ken

Calm / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Satoshi Kurosaki
Area: 88 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Long Window House / Another APARTMENT

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Another APARTMENT
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Tsuyoshi Kobayashi
Area: 23 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

House in Tsurumaki / Case-Real

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Case-Real
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Koichi Futatusmata, Yasushi Arikawa
Area: 61.2 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Zaha Hadid’s 2020 Olympic Stadium to Be “Scaled Down”


UPDATE: The Washington Post reports that Japan’s minister of education, Hakubun Shimomura, has announced a plan to trim the budget proposed for the Olympic stadium (now expected to cost $3 billion) designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. While he did not reveal the details of the scale-down, he maintained that the “design concept will be kept.” 

Pritzker Prize laureate Fumihiko Maki has rallied together a number of Japanese architects – including Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito and – to oppose the massive scale of Zaha Hadid’s competition-winning National Stadium. Planned to be ’s main venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, Hadid’s 290,000 square meter stadium is accused of being “too big and too artificial” for the surrounding context. 

House in Shimomaruko / atelier HAKO architects

Courtesy of atelier HAKO architects

Architects: atelier HAKO architects
Location: Shimomaruko Station, Ota, Tokyo,
Architects In Charge: Yukinobu Nanashima, Tomomi Sano
Area: 63.03 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of atelier HAKO architects

Architect Floats “100 Colors” for Japanese Art Festival

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

Emmanuelle Moureaux, expert in the architecture of , has created yet another vibrant space, this time for the 2013 Shinjuku Creators Festa in Japan.

Shikiri, meaning “to divide space using colors,” is a made-up term the French architect has embraced in her art and architecture. She aims to “use colors as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, not as a finishing touch applied to surfaces.”

Pony Pediatric Dental Clinic / Masahiro Kinoshita – KINO Architects + KAMITOPEN

© Keisuke Miyamoto

Architects: Masahiro Kinoshita – KINO Architects + KAMITOPEN
Location: , Japan
Area: 170.54 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Keisuke Miyamoto, Courtesy of KINO Architects

Tokyo to Host the 2020 Olympics!

© Zaha Hadid Architects

UPDATE: Minutes ago Tokyo was announced as the host of the . Zaha Hadid’s design to become the Olympic stadium.

Today the International Olympic Comitee (IOC) will choose the city that will host the 2020 Olympics, with Madrid, Tokyo and competing for the important event. The three cities just finished their presentations in Buenos Aires, Argentina, including presidents and royal members. As we await for the results, we present you the three stadiums designed to host the Olympics in each city.

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AD Classics: Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center / Kenzo Tange

Courtesy of Petr Šmídek - www.archiweb.cz

“Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.” -

In honor of what would have been Kenzo Tange’s 100th birthday, AD Classics presents one of the Japanese master’s most iconic projects – the Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center. Built in 1967, the building was the first spatial realization of Tange’s Metabolist ideas of organically-inspired structural growth, developed in the late 1950s. The Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center is far more significant than its relatively small size would suggest, encapsulating the concepts of  the new Metabolistic order in architecture and urban planning that prevailed in post-World War II Japan.

 More about this icon of Metabolism after the break…. 

H-Orange / Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Architects: Takuro Yamamoto Architects
Location: ,
Area: 115 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Haunted Play House / Torafu Architects

© Fuminari Yoshitsugu

Architects: Torafu Architects
Area: 173 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fuminari Yoshitsugu