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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

Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Area

    105.64 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office

ROKU Edogawa / masatomo_kojima_auds

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

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura +15

  • 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

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.

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

© Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto © Ikunori Yamamoto +21

  • 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

FIKA / ON design partners

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

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +18

  • 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

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

Courtesy of ON design partners Courtesy of ON design partners Courtesy of ON design partners Courtesy of ON design partners +14

  • 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

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

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
  • Area

    84.23 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs