Video: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center / Kengo Kuma

19:00 - 1 August, 2012

Located in front of the Kamiari-mon gate in Asakusa, Kengo Kuma’s Culture Tourist Information Center serves as a beacon to the local area as well as housing programs to serve both tourists and the local community. This video via ja+u  takes you through the 7 stacked volumes that make up the 8 internal floors that house a wide variety of programming ranging from meeting rooms to tourist information kiosks. The construction uniquely integrates HVAC equipment in the gaps between the stacked volumes. The interior structure of heavy timber members are left exposed which complement the dynamism of the vertical volumes, while the language of wood is continued onto the exterior by means of laminated timber louvers.

OMA reimagines retail for Coach’s new stores

14:57 - 1 August, 2012
Coach Omotesando Conceptual © OMA
Coach Omotesando Conceptual © OMA

American retailer Coach has commissioned OMA to develop a new merchandising system that accommodates Coach’s wide diversity of products while returning to the clarity of Coach’s heritage stores. Since establishing its first workshop 1941, Coach has expanded from a specialist leather atelier to a global distributor of “democratized luxury goods”. This expansion has clouded the clarity of the brand’s original library-like stores, which used a rigorous organizational system that categorically sort projects inside minimal wooden shelving at assisted counters. OMA intends to create a flexible, modular system that embodies the clarity of the original stores and responds to the individual needs of locale.

Continue reading for more. 

Sunwell Muse Kitasando / Takato Tamagami and Tsutomu Hasegawa

01:00 - 7 July, 2012
Sunwell Muse Kitasando / Takato Tamagami and Tsutomu Hasegawa, © Masaya Yoshimura
© Masaya Yoshimura

© Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura +22

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

13:30 - 5 July, 2012
Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Takeshi Yamagishi
© Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Design Team

    Kengo Kuma, Teppei Fujiwara, Masafumi Harigai, Okayama Naoki, Kiyoaki Takeda, Masaru Shuku, Erina Kuryu, Hiroaki Saito
  • Area

    234.13 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi +18

Portico / Aida Atelier + Kuno Lab

01:00 - 5 July, 2012
Portico / Aida Atelier + Kuno Lab, © Tatsuya Noaki
© Tatsuya Noaki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Aida Atelier + Kuno Lab
  • Design Architect

    Tomoro Aida & Toshimitsu Kuno & Shinpei Uehara (Aida Atelier, Inc. & Kuno Lab. / Nagoya City Univ. Graduate School of Design and Architecture)
  • Executive Architect

    Tomoro Aida & Toshimitsu Kuno & Shinpei Uehara & Tomoki Nagase
  • Area

    179.07 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Tatsuya Noaki © Tatsuya Noaki © Tatsuya Noaki © Tatsuya Noaki +20

Ginza Steak Tajima / Doyle Collection

01:00 - 4 July, 2012
Ginza Steak Tajima / Doyle Collection, © Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners
© Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

© Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners © Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners © Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners © Satoshi Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners +18

RING / APOLLO Architects & Associates

01:00 - 25 June, 2012
RING / APOLLO Architects & Associates, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa
  • Architects

  • 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 +23

Tokyo Skytree: the World's largest Telecom Tower

19:00 - 3 June, 2012
© 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

01:00 - 4 May, 2012
House in Megurohoncho / TORAFU ARCHITECTS
  • 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 +18

HA Tower / Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak

23:00 - 25 April, 2012
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

01:00 - 30 March, 2012
Rouge / APOLLO Architects & Associates, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura
  • Architects

  • 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 +27

Suspensions Of Space / htmn

01:00 - 24 March, 2012
Suspensions Of Space / htmn, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects

  • 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 +10

House in Nakameguro / Yoritaka Hayashi Architects

01:00 - 9 February, 2012
House in Nakameguro / Yoritaka Hayashi Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
  • Architects

  • Location

    Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
  • Collaborators

    Akira Suzuki / ASA (Structural Engineer) , Takasou Takahashi / SESSE-Design (Façade Consultant)
  • Structure

    Steel frame
  • Site Area

    40 m2
  • Total Floor Area

    99.80 m2
  • Area

    32.17 sqm
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +22

Yellow Peach / MuFF

01:00 - 29 January, 2012
Yellow Peach / MuFF, Courtesy of  muff
Courtesy of muff
  • Architects

  • 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

01:00 - 26 January, 2012
Marronier Court / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects

  • 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 +7

BB / Yo Yamagata Architects

01:00 - 20 January, 2012
BB / Yo Yamagata Architects, © Forward stroke Inc
© Forward stroke Inc

© Forward stroke Inc © Forward stroke Inc © Forward stroke Inc © Forward stroke Inc +23

House In Eifukucho / Upsetters Architects

01:00 - 18 January, 2012
House In Eifukucho / Upsetters Architects, © Yusuke Wakabayashi
© Yusuke Wakabayashi

© Yusuke Wakabayashi © Yusuke Wakabayashi © Yusuke Wakabayashi © Yusuke Wakabayashi +22

Dancing Trees, Singing Birds / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

01:00 - 11 January, 2012
Dancing Trees, Singing Birds / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Courtesy of  hiroshi nakamura & nap
Courtesy of hiroshi nakamura & nap
  • Architects

  • 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 +8