Stay Residence / Studio Loop

© Kai Nakamura

Architects: Studio Loop
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 91.05 sqm
Structural design: Iwashita Structural Engineers
Photographs: Kai Nakamura, Studio Loop

Shanon Office / Tomoyuki Sakakida Architect and Associates

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Architects: Tomoyuki Sakakida Architect and Associates co
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 84 sqm
Photographs: Shinichi Sato

Mishima House / Keiji Ashizawa Design

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

HA Tower / Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect

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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 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

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

Long Slow Distance / Upsetter Architects

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

House in Musashisakai / Upsetters Architects

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Architects: Upsetters Architects
Location: , Japan
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 96.69 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Upsetters Architects

RAY House / Apollo Architects & Associates

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Architects: Apollo Architects & Associates / Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: ,
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Mechanical Engineer: Zennei Shimada
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 122.50 sqm
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

House in Kohoku / Torafu

 

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Architects: Torafu
Location: ,
Design year: 2007
Construction year: 2008
Structure: RC
Building Site: Yokohama Kanagawa
Site Area: 230 sqm
Constructed Area: 67.35 sqm
Photographer: Daici Ano

Architecture City Guide: Tokyo

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . Similar to Berlin, ’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

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Next week we will be taking our Architecture City Guide to 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
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Photographer: localjapantimes

AD Classics: Makuhari Messe / Fumihiko Maki

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Formerly known as the Nippon Convention Center, the Makuhari Messe (derived from the German word meaning “trade fair”) is the second largest convention center in Japan behind only Big Sight.  Makuhari Messe was designed by famous Japanese architect and was completed in 1989 with the intention of establishing the area of Makuhari as an architectural destination separate from Tokyo proper.

Guest House Tokyo / KINO Architects

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Architects: KINO Architects /  Masahiro Kinoshita
Location: ,
Collaborator : SAK Architects / Yu Sakuma
Structural Engineer: Yasushi Moribe
Project Area:  45.72 sqm
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

House in Sanno / Studio NOA

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Architects: STUDIO・NOA Architect & Associates
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 38 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio NOA

h8s House / aoydesign

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Architects: aoydesign
Location: ,
Constructor: Eishin construction Co., Ltd.
Site area: 45 sqm
Project area: 52 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: aoydesign

The International School of Sacred Heart / Atelier SNS

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Architects: Atelier SNS
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier SNS

House in Kikuicho / Studio NOA

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Architects: STUDIO・NOA Architect & Associates
Location: ,
Project Area: 55 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio NOA

House in Oimachi / LEVEL Architects

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Architects: LEVEL Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 338.55 sqm
Photographs: LEVEL Architects