Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Asakusa, Taito, , Japan
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: , Japan
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, Tokyo,
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, Tokyo,
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 Tokyo 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 Tokyo 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, ,
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 neighborhood, the 914 square-foot transparent house contrasts the typical concrete block walls seen in most of Japan’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, Tokyo,
Planning & Constructor: Zycc corporation, Satohide corporation
Built Area: 3,155.46 sqm
Completion: January 2012
Photographs: ReBITA

   

Rouge / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Koichi Torimura

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

   

House In Aoto / High Land Design

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Architects: High Land Design – Masayoshi Takahashi
Location: Katsushika, Tokyo,
Structural Engineers: A.S.Associates
Site Area: 78.81 sqm
Built Area: 50.21 sqm
Total Floor Area: 144.50 sqm
Completion Date: 2011
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Damier / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa

Architecture: Satoshi Kurosaki/APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: ,
Completion: December 2009
Structure: RC
Site Area: 32.16m2
Total Floor Area: 114.55m2
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Photography: Masao Nishikawa

   

House in Nakameguro / Yoritaka Hayashi Architects

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Architects: Yoritaka Hayashi Architects
Location: Meguro, ,
Collaborators: Akira Suzuki / ASA (Structural Engineer) , Takasou Takahashi / SESSE-Design (Façade Consultant)
Site Area: 40.01 sqm
Building Area: 32.17 sqm
Total Floor Area: 99.80 sqm
Project Year: December of 2010
Structure: Steel frame
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Lik House / Satoru Hirota Architects

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Architect: Satoru Hirota Architects – Satoru Hirota
Location: , Japan
Client: Private
Program: Single family house
Structural Design: nieda+hisaeda architects / Taizen Nieda+Taizo Komatsu
Contractor: Eiger Co. Ltd, / Noriaki Fujii+Masakazu Sasaki+Koji Misaki
Site Area: 294.90 sqm
Built-up Area: 108.21 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Satoru Hirota Architects

Cube Court House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: ,
Program: Residence
Structural System: Reinforced concrete, steel frame
Site Area: 177.72 sqm
Building Area: 88.75 sqm
Total floor Space: 154.60 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates