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House with Futokoro / Mizuishi Architects Atelier

  • Architects: Mizuishi Architects Atelier
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Mizuishi Architects Atelier / Kota Mizuishi
  • Structural Engineer: Kentaro Nagasaka
  • Lighting Designer: Yasuo Tsunoda
  • Contractor: Kraft Home
  • Area: 108.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of mizuishi architects atelier

Courtesy of  mizuishi architects atelier Courtesy of  mizuishi architects atelier Courtesy of  mizuishi architects atelier Courtesy of  mizuishi architects atelier

Sky Garden House / Keiji Ashizawa Design

  • Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design / Keiji Ashizawa, Mriko Irie
  • Structural Engineer: ÅFASA Akira Suzuki
  • Landscape Design: GLAC Corporation
  • Furniture Design: DRILL DESIGN / Keiji Ashizawa
  • Building Construction: Heisei Construction Co., Ltd.
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

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

Mishima House / Keiji Ashizawa Design

  • Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design
  • Project Architects: Keiji Ashizawa, Chino YamaguchiÅ
  • Structural Engineer: ÅFASA Akira Suzuki
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

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

HA Tower / Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect

Courtesy of Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect
Courtesy of Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect

The HA tower, designed by Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect, 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.

2 Courts House / Keiji Ashizawa Design

  • Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design
  • Project Architect: Keiji Ashizawa / Naoki Sekikawa
  • Structure Engineer: ASA asociates / Akira Suzuki
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

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

Long Slow Distance / Upsetter Architects

  • Architects: Upsetter Architects
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Upsetter Architects
  • Area: 33.4 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Yusuke Wakabayashi

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

House in Kohoku / Torafu

  • Architects: Torafu
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Torafu
  • Building Site: Yokohama Kanagawa
  • Structure: RC
  • Site Area: 230 m2
  • Area: 67.35 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

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

Architecture City Guide: Tokyo

Courtesy of Wikimedia Creative Commons / Morio
Courtesy of Wikimedia Creative Commons / Morio

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Tokyo. Similar to Berlin, Tokyo’s architecture is overwhelming modern due its destruction during the 20th Century. We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. Please add your favorites in the comment section below so we can add them on the second go around. Again thank you to all our readers who sent in their suggestions and photographs. The city guides would not be possible without your help.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide page. The Architecture City Guide: Tokyo list and corresponding map after the break.

Help us with our Architecture City Guide: Tokyo

Courtesy of Flickr CC License / localjapantimes
Courtesy of Flickr CC License / localjapantimes

Next week we will be taking our Architecture City Guide to Tokyo and we need your help. To make the City Guides more engaging we are asking for your input on which designs should comprise our weekly list of 12. In order for this to work we will need you, our readers, to suggest a few of your favorite modern/contemporary buildings for the upcoming city guide in the comment section below. Along with your suggestions we ask that you provide a link to an image you took of the building that we can use, the address of the building, and the architect. (The image must be from a site that has a Creative Common License cache like Flickr or Wikimedia. We cannot use images that are copyrighted unless they are yours and you give us permission.) From that we will select the top 12 most recommended buildings. Hopefully this method will help bring to our attention smaller well done projects that only locals truly know. With that in mind we do not showcase private single-family residences for obvious reasons. Additionally, we try to only show completed projects. This week we are headed to Tokyo. Example of the information we need for your suggestion: Architect: Kisho Kurokawa Location: 35°39′56.20″N 139°45′48.20″E ww.flickr.com/photos/localjapantimes/4594773378/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Photographer: localjapantimes

AD Classics: Makuhari Messe / Fumihiko Maki

Library Of The Present: Communal Information In Physical Space

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The Internet is now the library of the past. Where the public library has historically served as the primary source of information gathering and dissemination, we now look to this new virtual, infinitely large library that can be accessed anywhere at any time as the Library of the present. As a result, the primary roles of today’s physical libraries have shifted. Libraries of the past focused primarily on individualized information consumption. Communal aspects of interaction and information dissemination now represent the core mission of the library when information is more easily accessible. The silent grand beaux-arts reading rooms of New York or Boston have of the past been transformed into flexible communal “living rooms” in Seattle.

Triplex House in Nakano / LEVEL Architects

  • Architects: LEVEL Architects
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: LEVEL Architects
  • Area: 338.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Kai Nakamura

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura

House in Togoshi / LEVEL Architects

Courtesy of LEVEL Architects Courtesy of LEVEL Architects Courtesy of LEVEL Architects Courtesy of LEVEL Architects

Young Architects Forum's 2011 Ideas Competition Results

Courtesy WDG Architecture
Courtesy WDG Architecture

The American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Young Architects Forum (YAF) and Committee on Design (COD) have selected the recipients of the second annual YAF/COD Ideas Competition, sponsored by TOTO. Results in addition to images of the awarded projects with brief narratives from the designers can be found after the break.

Reflection of Mineral / Atelier Tekuto

  • Architects: Atelier Tekuto
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photographs: Makoto Yoshida

© Makoto Yoshida © Makoto Yoshida © Makoto Yoshida © Makoto Yoshida