Tama Art University Library / Toyo Ito by Iwan Baan

Once again, Iwan Baan shared with us another impresive photoset. This time, we are presenting the Tama Art University Library in , , by Toyo Ito.

Za Koenji Public Theatre / Toyo Ito by Iwan Baan

Once more, Iwan Baan shared with the Za Koenji Public Theatre by Toyo Ito in Tokyo, . An impressive black volume in the middle of the city of Suginami in Tokyo and managed by Creative Theatre Network (CTN), a non-profit organization led by president Ren Saito.

You can see the complete photoset on Iwan’s website.

House Vision 2013 Exhibition Hits Tokyo

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Graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara has put together a three week-long in Tokyo focusing on the future of the Japanese house. Hara argues that the housing industry can no longer be isolated but must be combined with other industries, technologies and ideas, including energy, transportation, communication, household appliances, the “vision of happiness” pursued by adults, the representation of Japanese traditions and aesthetics as well as a future vision of health. All of these elements he hopes to present and discuss at the House Vision Exhibition where more than ten types of futuristic houses are on display and daily seminars with expert urban planners, developers, contractors, architects, telecom and even gas organizations have been taking place.

Read more about the exhibition after the break.

ST-House / PANDA

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Architects: PANDA
Location: , Japan
Architect In Charge: Kozo Yamamoto
Area: 62.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

Neut House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Tokyo,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 115 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Video: House T / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

House T, designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, is a unique two person house and office located in TokyoJapan. Considering the house is only accessible by a narrow alley and is surrounded on all sides by other buildings, the space was a major challenge for this design. However, the house turned out to be surprisingly airy and open thanks to having only one central column supporting catwalk floors that frame the limited space instead of occupying it. Each floor can be navigated using 4.6 foot tall openings and floors are connected by a stair or ladder, one of which leads to a roof terrace. Take a look at this video by JA+U and our earlier article for a better understanding of this novel space!

CLW / Komada Architects’ Office

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Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: Meguro-ku, ,
Area: 105.64 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Komada Architects’ Office

ROKU Edogawa / masatomo_kojima_auds

© Kai Nakamura

Architects: masatomo_kojima_auds
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Masatomo Kojima
Design Team: Kohei Sasakawa, Ryo Inoue
Client: Boat Race Promotion Association
Area: 382.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Room S / Yuichi Yoshida & associates

© Haine Kusuki

Architects: Yuichi Yoshida & associates
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Yuichi Yoshida,Tatsuya Suzuki
Project Coordinator: Sumasaga-Fudosan
Contractor: TANK
Area: 60.16 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Haine Kusuki

Coupled House / Naoi Architecture & Design Office

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: The Imperial Hotel

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LEGO® aficionados, the wait is over. LEGO® has announced the details of their first edition to the 2013 Architecture series! Who better to kick off the new year than LEGO® Architecture staple Frank Lloyd Wright with his Imperial Hotel in .

The most celebrated of Wright’s six Japanese buildings, the Imperial Hotel was designed in the, then very chic, Mayan Revival style and constructed largely of stone and reinforced concrete. It was lauded for having survived a sizable earthquake shortly after its opening, however in reality portions of the building sunk leaving residents navigating its wobbly corridors. Eventually it was decided to completely demolish the building in 1968 to make way for the high-rise building that stands on the site today.

But fret not, now instead bemoaning the loss of one of Wright’s great works, for between $90-$100, big kids and little architects can reinstate this landmark building on their very own living room floor with 1,188 glossy miniature blocks.

More photos after the break…

Video: Uto Elementary School / CAt

This minimalist elementary school, located in Kumamoto and designed by Japanese architects Kazuhiro Kojima and Kazuko Akamatsu (CAt), is designed to seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor space. Within the building, individual classrooms and spaces are loosely formed by L-shaped walls that feature foldable doors and flexible components. An abundance of courtyards and airy walkways are just some of the highlights, along with a wood deck activity space found on top of the roof.

Video via JA+U.

Sony Building “Crystal Aqua Trees” Installation / Torafu Architects

© Daici Ano

Installed in Sony Square in and on display until January 14, the ‘Crystal Aqua Trees’ is a crystal work of art inspired by the concept of a fountain that can be seen as a spray of water as well as a Christmas tree. Designed by Torafu Architects, the project was inspired by the Trevi fountain in Rome, the “Ai no Izumi” (Fountain of Love) charity drive, which has been held by Sony every year since 1968. For this edition, the architects proposed a new embodiment as an interactive installation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Ito Jakuchu Inspired’ Pavilion 2nd Prize Winning Proposal / Đordje Alfirević and Sanja Simonović

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The competition for the ‘Ito Jakuchu Inspire’ pavilion is focused on the great celebration throughout the world of Ito Jakuchu’s work, a milestone in Japanese art history. Taking on a symbolic meaning, the competition effectively corresponds to a cultural phase of our existence. Designed by architects Đordje Alfirević and Sanja Simonović, this second prize winning proposal creates a dematerialization of boundaries between Ito Jakuchu’s perception of the reality in which he lived and the appearance of our modern world. More images and architects’ description after the break.

BMA Project / Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture

© Ryota Atarashi

Architects: Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture
Location: Tokyo,
Architects: Ryuichi Sasaki, Kazuya Nishimura
Producer: Komura Agency
Structure: Takushi Nakata / Rhythm Design
Contrctor: Shin Corporation
Area: 262.71 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ryota Atarashi

4 Colors / Kochi Architect’s Studio

© Daici Ano

Architects: Kochi Architect’s Studio
Location: Tokyo,
Architects: Kazuyasu Kochi, Mana Kochi
Constractor: Imai Kensetsu
Area: 177.8 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Daici Ano, Kazuyasu Kochi

A Life With Large Opening / ON design partners

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Architects: ON design partners
Location: Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo,
Construction: Shinei
Structure: Ryuji Tabata/ASD
Site Area: 30.07 sqm
Total Floor Area: 50.70 sqm
Area: 18.03 sqm
Photographs: Ikunori Yamamoto

FIKA / ON design partners

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: ON design partners
Location: Nagasaki, Toshima-ku,
Design Team: Osamu Nishida, Hirotaka Isshiki, Rie Yanai
Construction: Ohara Komusho
Structure: Ryuji Tabata/ASD
Site Area: 35.66 sqm
Total Floor Area: 58.58 sqm
Area: 22.04 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura