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Himeji

AD Classics: Himeji Castle / Ikeda Terumasa

04:00 - 30 May, 2017
AD Classics: Himeji Castle / Ikeda Terumasa, The white plaster walls and sweeping terraces of Himeji-jo inspire its other name, “Castle of the White Heron.” . ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Oren Rozen (licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)
The white plaster walls and sweeping terraces of Himeji-jo inspire its other name, “Castle of the White Heron.” . ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Oren Rozen (licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)

With its gleaming white walls and elegantly terraced roofs, it is easy to forget that Himeji Castle was built as a fortress . Standing on two hilltops in the city of Himeji, the old fortress, also known as Himeji-jo, is the greatest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture from the early years of the Shogunate, which governed the island nation from the late 1500s to the 19th Century. Although never tested in battle, the castle’s elaborate defensive measures represent the best strategic design the period produced. While these measures have since been rendered obsolete, the same cannot be said for the castle’s soaring, pristine aesthetic, which earned it the nickname Shirasagi-jo – “Castle of the White Heron.”

Courtesy of Flickr user Ben Kubota (licensed under CC BY 2.0) Courtesy of Flickr user alisdair (licensed under CC BY 2.0) A period image depicts the labor needed to construct Ikeda Terumasa’s grand new Himeji Castle. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user ブレイズマン (Public Domain) This map from the Himeji City Castle Laboratory Collection depicts the concentric lines of defense surrounding Himeji Castle. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user ブレイズマン (Public Domain) + 14

The Cutting Edge Pharmacy / KTX archiLAB

20:00 - 29 December, 2016
The Cutting Edge Pharmacy / KTX archiLAB, © Stirling Elmendorf
© Stirling Elmendorf

© Stirling Elmendorf            © Stirling Elmendorf            © Stirling Elmendorf            © Stirling Elmendorf            + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Tetsuya Matsumoto
  • Area

    150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Adzuki House / Horibe Naoko Architect Office

00:00 - 20 August, 2011
Adzuki House / Horibe Naoko Architect Office, © Eiji Tomita
© Eiji Tomita

© Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita © Eiji Tomita + 37

  • Architects

    Horibe Naoko Architect Office / Naoko Horibe
  • Location

    Himeji, Japan
  • Area

    73.55 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs