ROKU Edogawa / masatomo_kojima_auds

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Architects: masatomo_kojima_auds
Location: , Japan
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

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Architects: Yuichi Yoshida & associates
Location: , 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

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Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
Location: , 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 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

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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

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Architects: Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture
Location: , Japan
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

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Architects: Kochi Architect’s Studio
Location: ,
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, , Japan
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

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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

House with Eaves and an Attic / ON design partners

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Architects: ON design partners
Location: Tokyo,
Design Team: Osamu Nishida, Takanori Ineyama, Rie Yanai
Site Area: 182.25 sqm
Total Floor Area: 84.84 sqm
Area: 58.18 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of ON design partners

KCH / Kochi Architect’s Studio

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Architects: Kochi Architect’s Studio
Location: Toshima-ku, , Japan
Architect In Charge: Kazuyasu Kochi
Constractor: Sugimoto Kogyo co, ltd.
Area: 64.6 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Kazuyasu Kochi

Tokyo Steel House / MDS

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Architects: MDS
Location: Minato-ku, , Japan
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
Area: 84.23 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Ogikubo House / MDS

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Architects: MDS
Location: Suginami-ku, Tokyo,
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori, Natsuko Kawamura
Area: 118 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Japan National Stadium Competition Entry / Jackson Architecture

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Designed by Jackson Architecture, their proposal for the National Stadium is a new stadium in a park, where nature is apparent and can be integrated. Car parking, buses, community and service facilities exist below the park: neighborhood recreation and health areas contribute to the excitement and atmosphere, inhabited every day. The first impression is of a large park, within which a large “ellipsoidal object is placed. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Cinepalego’ Futuristic Cinema Competition Entry / Chansoo Byeon + Daichi Yamashita

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The proposal for the ‘Cinepalego’ Futuristic Cinema is an urban intervention, utilizing the vacant rooftop spaces in Kabukicho in order to create a network of mini-theaters that will spontaneously emerge and provide a variety of social spaces for people. Designed by Chansoo Byeon + Daichi Yamashita, the act of cinema going will be completely redefined, becoming seamlessly integrated into day-to-day life. Occupying the vacant space on the rooftop, the cinemas will also be closely integrated with the businesses underneath. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House in Mejirodai / Mejiro Studio + Kozo Kadowaki

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Architects: Mejiro Studio + Kozo Kadowaki
Location: Bunkyo-ku, , Japan
Structural Engineer: Konishi Structural Engineers
Contractor: Hanami Kensetsu
Area: 165.1 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Shimizu Ken