Park House / another APARTMENT

01:00 - 6 June, 2013
© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +20

'MonsterScape' Exhibit / Hannat Architects

01:00 - 3 May, 2013
'MonsterScape' Exhibit / Hannat Architects, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

'MonsterScape', an exhibition display design for Monster Exhibition 2013 organized by Recover & Rebuild Japanese art & design, was a concept created by Hannat Architects to exhibit monsters as a metaphor of disaster and to prevent people’s consciousness of disaster from diminishing. On display this past February, the organizer of the event wanted this exhibition to be something not to tell the misery of disaster but to recall “important things" that tend to be forgotten in everyday life, and visitors to enjoy art and design. More images and architects' description after the break.

NN House / Kozo Yamamoto

01:00 - 13 April, 2013
NN House / Kozo Yamamoto, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Structural Engineer

    a・s・t atelier
  • Contractor

    B・L home
  • Area

    61.59 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +21

Coach Omotesando Flagship / OMA

01:00 - 11 April, 2013
Coach Omotesando Flagship / OMA, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Partner-in-Charge

    Shohei Shigematsu
  • Project Architect

    Rami Abou Khalil
  • Team

    Yolanda do Campo, Benedict Clouette with Jackie Woon Bae, Cass Nakashima, Phillip Poon, David Theisz
  • Area

    444.75 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +15

Hachiouji House / Krew Architects

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
Hachiouji House / Krew Architects, Courtesy of Krew Architects
Courtesy of Krew Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Krew Architects
  • Design Team

    Ryosuke Kanayama, Tadashi Kawarasaki
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Krew Architects

Courtesy of Krew Architects Courtesy of Krew Architects Courtesy of Krew Architects Courtesy of Krew Architects +14

House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI

01:00 - 1 April, 2013
© Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan.
  • Architect in Charge

    Sunao Koase, Yu Yamada, Shin Yokoo
  • Structural Engineer

    Shin Yokoo
  • General Constructors

    Yasumatsu Takken
  • Area

    10313.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa +22

'The Twist': Tokyo Olympic Stadium Competition Entry / MenoMenoPiu Architects + FHF Architectes

01:00 - 22 March, 2013
Courtesy of MenoMenoPiu Architects + FHF Architectes
Courtesy of MenoMenoPiu Architects + FHF Architectes

Designed as a city fragment, not only as a sports stadium, the design by MenoMenoPiu Architects + FHF Architectes is an attractor: innovative and a generator of vitality. Given the name The Twist, their proposal for the Tokyo Olmpic Stadium is expanding in order to better reach users requirements: proximity, diversity, and accessibility. Their conept, unlike other conventional stadiums, is an elliptical spiral which is gradually unrolling and forming. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House Vision 2013 Exhibition Hits Tokyo

00:00 - 16 March, 2013
Courtesy of Retail Design Blog
Courtesy of Retail Design Blog

Graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara has put together a three week-long exhibition 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.

NN House / PANDA

01:00 - 14 March, 2013
© Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kozo Yamamoto
  • Area

    62.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai +29

Neut House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

01:00 - 11 March, 2013
Neut House / APOLLO Architects & Associates, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +26

Video: House T / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

00:00 - 9 March, 2013

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

01:00 - 1 March, 2013
CLW / Komada Architects' Office, Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office
Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office
  • Architects

  • 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 +15

ROKU Edogawa / masatomo_kojima_auds

01:00 - 25 February, 2013
ROKU Edogawa / masatomo_kojima_auds, © Kai Nakamura
© Kai Nakamura
  • Architects

  • 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 +15

Room S / Yuichi Yoshida & associates

01:00 - 21 February, 2013
Room S / Yuichi Yoshida & associates, © Haine Kusuki
© Haine Kusuki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yuichi Yoshida,Tatsuya Suzuki
  • Project Coordinator

    Sumasaga-Fudosan
  • Contractor

    TANK
  • Area

    60.16 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Coupled House / Naoi Architecture & Design Office

01:00 - 10 February, 2013
© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda +24

LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: The Imperial Hotel

00:00 - 21 January, 2013
© 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

19:00 - 31 December, 2012

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.

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

07:00 - 25 December, 2012
Courtesy of Đordje Alfirević and Sanja Simonović
Courtesy of 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.