Video: Yoyogi Olympic Arena / Kenzo Tange

Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi Olympic Arena from Yoyogi GSD on Vimeo.

Special thanks to Emmet Truxes, from Harvard GSD, for sharing this animated video of ’s Yoyogi Olympic Arena with us.  Check out the amazing visualizations set to music by Gray Reinhard (we particularly love the build-up of the magnificently suspended roof around minute 5, which is then further detailed a few minutes later) which was created by a team of six students - Emmet Truxes, Nathan Shobe, Julian Bushman-Copp, Mijung Kim, Jeffrey Laboskey, Misato Odanaka - to understand the  construction of the building’s innovate tensile structure.

More about the project after the break.

Video: House in Komazawa / Go Hasegawa

Our friends at the ja+u have shared with us a video tour of House in Komazawa, designed by Go Hasegawa & Associates. This rustic, home is fully clad a variety of eucalyptus wood. Inside, a permeable second floor visually connects to the spaces throughout the entire house and allows for the passage of natural light from the library skylight above to the main living room below.

Life in spiral / Hideaki Takayanagi

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Architects: Hideaki Takayanagi
Location: , Japan
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 109.0 sqm
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Saijo Clinic / Aida Atelier

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Architects: Aida Atelier - Tomoro Aida
Location: Shinjuku, Tokyo,
Design Team: Tomoro Aida & Shinpei Uehara
Completion: 2011
Floor area: 116.56 sqm
Photographs: Tatsuya Noaki

 

Portico / Aida Atelier + Kuno Lab

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Architects: Aida Atelier + Kuno Lab
Location: ,
Design Architect: Tomoro Aida & Toshimitsu Kuno & Shinpei Uehara (Aida Atelier, Inc. & Kuno Lab. / Nagoya City Univ. Graduate School of Design and Architecture)
Executive Architect: Tomoro Aida & Toshimitsu Kuno & Shinpei Uehara & Tomoki Nagase
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 179.07 sqm
Photographs: Tatsuya Noaki

   

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo,
Design Team: Kengo Kuma, Teppei Fujiwara, Masafumi Harigai, Okayama Naoki, Kiyoaki Takeda, Masaru Shuku, Erina Kuryu, Hiroaki Saito
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Takeshi Yamagishi

Ginza Steak Tajima / Doyle Collection

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Architect: Doyle CollectionAiji Inoue
Location: Tokyo,
Project Area: 103.95 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

N-House / Takato Tamagami

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Architects: Takato Tamagami Architectural Design
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 586.87 sqm
Photographs: Masaya Yoshimura

RING / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architecture: APOLLO Architects & Associates - Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: Kitayamacho Fuchu, ,
Completion: March 2012
Site Area: 104.36 sqm
Total Floor Area: 88.98sqm (40.99sqm/1F, 40.99sqm/2F)
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

  

BRUN / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates – Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: Koenji Minami Suginami, ,
Completion: December 2011
Site Area: 37.70 sqm
Total Floor Area: 93.44 sqm
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

  

Films & Architecture: “Lost in Translation”

The second film by was acclaimed by the critics, and with fair reasons. It shows in a subtle but deep way the contrasts between Japanese and American cultures, utilizing the amazing city of as a background for this.

Characters are immerse in a quite different environment, which atmosphere is shown through the scenes where they interact with the foreign surroundings. This atmospheres are represented in a way beyond the typical approach of other films, trying somehow to really understand how this spaces are perceived.

As always, we wait for your comments about the movie and specifically about this culture shock concept and architecture.

Tokyo Skytree: the World’s largest Telecom Tower

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Since it’s opening on May 22, the Skytree has already experienced an overwhelming amount of visitors. As reported by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the 634-meter (2,080 feet) structure has surpassed the previously tallest communications tower, Canton Tower in China, by 34 meters. The Skytree took four years to construct and is double the height of ’s 333-meter Tower.

Tokyo Skytree’s name and design concept is described by the developer as, “The creation of city scenery transcending time: A fusion of traditional Japanese beauty and neo-futuristic design”. Continue reading for more.

House in Megurohoncho / TORAFU ARCHITECTS

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Architect: TORAFU ARCHITECTS
Location: Meguro, Tokyo,
Project area: 123,7 sqm
Site area: 109,8 sqm
Completion: 2011
Structural design: OHNO-JAPAN
Production: TSUKI-ZO
Facility design: MAXRAY (Lightings)
Photographs: Daici Ano

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects

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You may remember Sou Fujimoto Architects radical House NA from this video we shared with you last November. Designed for a young couple in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood, the 914 square-foot transparent house contrasts the typical concrete block walls seen in most of ’s dense residential areas. Associated with the concept of living within a tree, the spacious interior is comprised of 21 individual floor plates, all situated at various heights, that satisfy the clients desire to live as nomads within their own home.

Continue after the break for more images and information on House NA.

HA Tower / Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak

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The HA Tower, designed by Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak, proposes a hybrid model for urban life that embraces the city, pulling it in the heart of the units, while still offering large open spaces that otherwise are only available on the urban fringe. Located in Higashi-Azabu, within walking distance of a cluster of rail lines, Shiba Park, and the iconic Tower, the corner site is small, covering only 130 square meters and is constrained by a floor area ratio that limits construction to 8 floors. More images and architects’ description after the break.

THE SHARE / ReBITA

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Architects: ReBITATsukasa Ono (ReBITA), Kento Horiuchi (Zycc), Kenji Hashimoto (Zycc)
Location: Shibuya, , Japan
Planning & Constructor: Zycc corporation, Satohide corporation
Built Area: 3,155.46 sqm
Completion: January 2012
Photographs: ReBITA

   

Rouge / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates - Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: Bunkyo,
Structure Engineers: Denbo Nakamura / Denkohbo
Facility Engineers: Zenei Shimada / Shimada Architects
Construction: Honma Construction
Date of Completion: 2012
Site Area: 55.00 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

 

Suspensions Of Space / htmn

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Architects: htmnHiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata
Location: Nerima-ku, , Japan
Completion: 2010
Contractor: Minaduki Kousan Ltd.
Total Floor Area: 222.79 m
Photographs: Daici Ano