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

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 Tokyo. 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.

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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.

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 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. 

Architect Floats "100 Colors" for Japanese Art Festival

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners
© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

Emmanuelle Moureaux, expert in the architecture of color, 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." 

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

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

© Keisuke Miyamoto © Keisuke Miyamoto © Keisuke Miyamoto © Keisuke Miyamoto

AD Classics: Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center / Kenzo Tange

“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 Japan.

 More about this icon of Metabolism after the break…. 

H-Orange / Takuro Yamamoto Architects

  • Architects: Takuro Yamamoto Architects
  • Location: Tokyo
  • Area: 115.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Haunted play house / Torafu Architects

© Fuminari Yoshitsugu © Fuminari Yoshitsugu © Fuminari Yoshitsugu © 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, Tokyo. Open and transparent, the five double-height, split-level floors are designed to visually connect movement throughout the space, from the ground level public cafe to the generous outdoor terrace on the fifth floor. 

House In Mishuku Ⅱ / Nobuo Araki

© Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken

Birdhouse / Takato Tamagami

© Masaya Yoshimura
© Masaya Yoshimura

© Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura

Arrow / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa

Mokumoku Kindergarten / 16A Inc.

© Masaya Yoshimura
© Masaya Yoshimura
  • Architects: 16A Inc.
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Tatsuta Ogawa, Hiroya Kobiki
  • Area: 1665.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Masaya Yoshimura, Tatsuya Ogawa

© Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura

House of Aoba / SKAL + OUVI

  • Architects: SKAL, OUVI
  • 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

© Hideya Amemiya © Hideya Amemiya © Hideya Amemiya © Hideya Amemiya

Lattice / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa

Aluminium Flower Garden / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

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

Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects