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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.

4 Colors / Kochi Architect's Studio

01:00 - 17 December, 2012
4 Colors / Kochi Architect's Studio, © Daichi Ano
© Daichi Ano

© Daichi Ano Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi +21

BMA Project / Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture

01:00 - 17 December, 2012
© Ryota Atarashi
© Ryota Atarashi
  • Architects

  • 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 +40

A Life With Large Opening / ON design partners

01:00 - 14 December, 2012
A Life With Large Opening / ON design partners, © Ikunori Yamamoto
© Ikunori Yamamoto
  • Architects

  • 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 +21

FIKA / ON design partners

01:00 - 11 December, 2012
FIKA / ON design partners, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects

  • 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 +18

House With Eaves And An Attic / ON design partners

01:00 - 8 December, 2012
House With Eaves And An Attic / ON design partners, Courtesy of ON design partners
Courtesy of ON design partners
  • Architects

  • 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 +14

KCH / Kochi Architect's Studio

01:00 - 3 December, 2012
KCH / Kochi Architect's Studio, Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi
Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi

Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi +20

Tokyo Steel House / MDS

01:00 - 1 December, 2012
Tokyo Steel House / MDS, © Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda
  • Architects

  • Location

    Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
  • Area

    84.23 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda +26

Ogikubo House / MDS

01:00 - 28 November, 2012
Ogikubo House / MDS, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano
  • Architects

  • 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 +20

Japan National Stadium Competition Entry / Jackson Architecture

11:00 - 24 November, 2012
© Doug And Wolf
© Doug And Wolf

Designed by Jackson Architecture, their proposal for the Japan 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.

House in Mejirodai / Mejiro Studio + Kozo Kadowaki

01:00 - 12 November, 2012
House in Mejirodai / Mejiro Studio + Kozo Kadowaki, © Shimizu Ken
© Shimizu Ken

© Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken +60

MoMA: Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde

17:21 - 11 November, 2012
Tokyo 1955–1970 A New Avant-Garde; Courtesy of MoMA
Tokyo 1955–1970 A New Avant-Garde; Courtesy of MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art in NYC is launching an exhibit called Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, that investigates the transformation of Tokyo from a war-torn nation into an international center for arts, culture and commerce.  The exhibition will run from November 18 through February 25, 2012 and includes over 200 works of various media including painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, drawings, graphic design, video and documentary film.

More after the break.

Breeze / ARTechnic Architects

01:00 - 8 November, 2012
Breeze / ARTechnic Architects, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners
  • Architects

  • Location

    Setagaya, Tokyo
  • Structural Engineer

    Naomi Kitayama, NAO
  • Constructor

    Hiroshi, Satohide
  • Client

    Daizawa Court
  • Area

    520.86 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Nacasa & Partners, Courtesy of ARTechnic Architects

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners +41

Papabubble / Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects

01:00 - 7 November, 2012
Papabubble / Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +14

T-Site / Klein Dytham Architecture

01:00 - 7 November, 2012
T-Site / Klein Dytham Architecture, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners
  • Architects

  • Location

    Daikanyama, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomoko Ikegai
  • Architectural Consultant

    RIA
  • Main Contractor

    Kajima Construction
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Nacasa & Partners, Courtesy of Klein Dytham Architecture

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners +26

Twin Megaphones / Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori

01:00 - 6 November, 2012
Twin Megaphones / Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori, © Toshihiro Sobajima
© Toshihiro Sobajima

© Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima © Toshihiro Sobajima +19