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Ginza Steak Tajima / Doyle Collection

© Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners © Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners © Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners © Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

RING / APOLLO Architects & Associates

  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architecture: APOLLO Architects & Associates - Satoshi Kurosaki
  • Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
  • Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
  • Area: 104.36 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa

Films & Architecture: "Lost in Translation"

The second film by Sofia Coppola 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

© Flickr User: Joe Hsu
© Flickr User: Joe Hsu

Since it’s opening on May 22, the Tokyo 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 Tokyo Skytree took four years to construct and is double the height of Japan’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

  • Architects: TORAFU ARCHITECTS
  • Location: Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
  • Structural Design : OHNO-JAPAN
  • Facility Design: MAXRAY (Lightings)
  • Production: TSUKI-ZO
  • Site Area: 109.8 m2
  • Area: 123.7 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011

House in Megurohoncho / TORAFU ARCHITECTS House in Megurohoncho / TORAFU ARCHITECTS House in Megurohoncho / TORAFU ARCHITECTS House in Megurohoncho / TORAFU ARCHITECTS

HA Tower / Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak

Courtesy of Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak
Courtesy of Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak

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 Tokyo 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.

Rouge / APOLLO Architects & Associates

  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Location: Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates - Satoshi Kurosaki
  • Structure Engineers: Denbo Nakamura / Denkohbo
  • Facility Engineers: Zenei Shimada / Shimada Architects
  • Construction: Honma Construction
  • Area: 55.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura

Suspensions Of Space / htmn

  • Architects: htmn
  • Location: Nerima-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Project Architects: Hiroaki Takada + Masayuki Nakahata
  • Contractor: Minaduki Kousan Ltd.
  • Area: 222.79 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

Damier / APOLLO Architects & Associates

 © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

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

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa

Yellow Peach / MuFF

  • Architects: MuFF - Kosuke Kajikawa
  • Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Client: Yellow Peach
  • Area: 30.4 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of muff

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Marronier Court / Kengo Kuma & Associates

  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Location: 1508-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Client: Toshin Development. Co., Ltd
  • Area: 2424.4 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

House In Eifukucho / Upsetters Architects

  • Architects: Upsetters Architects
  • Location: Eifukucho Station, Tokyo, Japan
  • Area: 124.81 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Yusuke Wakabayashi

© Yusuke Wakabayashi © Yusuke Wakabayashi © Yusuke Wakabayashi © Yusuke Wakabayashi

Dancing Trees, Singing Birds / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

  • Architects: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
  • Location: Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
  • Exterior Wall Finish: Japanese Cypress Lining Board
  • Area: 770.22 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Courtesy of hiroshi nakamura & nap

Courtesy of  hiroshi nakamura & nap Courtesy of  hiroshi nakamura & nap Courtesy of  hiroshi nakamura & nap Courtesy of  hiroshi nakamura & nap

Taishido House / Akira Koyama + Key Operation

  • Architects: Akira Koyama + Key Operation
  • Location: etagaya, Tokyo
  • Architects:   Akira Koyama + KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS
  • Construction: Architecture\ Tokyo Gumi
  • Area: 148.24 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of akira koyama + key operation inc. / architects

Courtesy of  akira koyama + key operation inc. / architects Courtesy of  akira koyama + key operation inc. / architects Courtesy of  akira koyama + key operation inc. / architects Courtesy of  akira koyama + key operation inc. / architects

Urban Hut / Takehiko Nez Architects

  • Architects: Takehiko Nez Architects
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Takehiko Nez Architects
  • Structure: ASA
  • Contractor: Shinei
  • Site Area: 30.37 sqm
  • Area: 44.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Takumi Ota Photography

© Takumi Ota Photography © Takumi Ota Photography © Takumi Ota Photography © Takumi Ota Photography