House in Tsurumaki / Case-Real

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Case-Real
Location: ,
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 Architects. While he did not reveal the details of the scale-down, he maintained that the “design concept will be kept.” 

Pritzker Prize laureate has rallied together a number of Japanese architects – including Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito and Kengo Kuma – to oppose the massive scale of Zaha Hadid’s competition-winning National Stadium. Planned to be Tokyo’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

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Architects: atelier HAKO architects
Location: Shimomaruko Station, Ota, , Japan
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

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

Tokyo to Host the 2020 Olympics!


UPDATE: Minutes ago Tokyo was announced as the host of the 2020 Olympics. 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

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

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 .

 More about this icon of after the break…. 

H-Orange / Takuro Yamamoto Architects

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

Haunted Play House / Torafu Architects

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

Video: Office Building in Shibaura / Kazuyo Sejima & Associates

Captured by JA+U, this short film takes you on a tour through a 2011, Kazuyo Sejima & Associates-designed office space in Shibaura, . Open and transparent, the five double-height, split-level floors are designed to visually connect movement throughout the building, from the ground level public cafe to the generous outdoor terrace on the fifth floor.


House In Mishuku Ⅱ / Nobuo Araki

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Architects: Nobuo Araki
Location: Tokyo,
Area: 7,142 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shimizu Ken

Cloudscapes at MOT / Tetsuo Kondo Architects + TRANSSOLAR / Nadir Abdessemed, Jakob Merk and Matthias Schuler

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Architects: Tetsuo Kondo Architects, TRANSSOLAR / Matthias Schuler
Location: ,
Structural Engineer: Konishi Structural Engineers
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Tetsuo Kondo Architects, Ken’ichi Suzuki, Yasuhiro Takagi

Birdhouse / Takato Tamagami

© Masaya Yoshimura

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

Arrow / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Tokyo,
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

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Tokyo,
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: Tokyo, 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