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Video: House T / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

House T, designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, is a unique two person house and office located in TokyoJapan. The house is only accessible by a narrow alley and is surrounded on all sides by other buildings, so space was a major challenge for this design. The interior of House T is 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

  • Architects: Komada Architects' Office
  • Location: Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Area: 105.64 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office

Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office

ROKU Edogawa / masatomo_kojima_auds

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

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura

Room S / Yuichi Yoshida & associates

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

LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: The Imperial Hotel

© LEGO
© LEGO

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 Tokyo.

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
© Daici Ano

Installed in Sony Square in Tokyo 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

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.

4 Colors / Kochi Architect's Studio

© Daichi Ano Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi

BMA Project / Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture

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

© Ryota Atarashi © Ryota Atarashi © Ryota Atarashi © Ryota Atarashi

A Life With Large Opening / ON design partners

  • Architects: ON design partners
  • Location: Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 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

© Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto

FIKA / ON design partners

  • Architects: ON design partners
  • Location: Nagasaki, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
  • 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

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura

House With Eaves And An Attic / ON design partners

  • Architects: ON design partners
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • 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

Courtesy of ON design partners Courtesy of ON design partners Courtesy of ON design partners Courtesy of ON design partners

Ogikubo House / MDS

  • Architects: MDS
  • Location: Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori, Natsuko Kawamura
  • Area: 118.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano