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Ondo / MAMM DESIGN

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Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: MAMM DESIGN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 89.34 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Umeda Hospital / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Hikari, Japan

Spring Valley Brewery Tokyo / General Design

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  • Architects: General Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 749.32 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

ITRI Central Taiwan Innovation Campus Exterior Design / Noiz Architects

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Nantou County, Taiwan (ROC)
  • Architects: Noiz Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 42532.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

House in Yokkaichi / SYAP

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  • Architects: SYAP
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 102.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

ArchDaily Readers Debate: Brands in Architecture and BIG's Business Success

Awards season is in full swing in the architecture world, with - among others - the World Architecture Festival and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recently handing out prizes for the best new buildings worldwide (OMA + Ole Scheeren's Interlace and Stefano Boeri's Bosco Verticale, respectively). However, it has been relatively quiet in our comments section; are we to assume that there are few strong objections to these winners?

Nevertheless, a quiet period doesn't mean there weren't some great discussions had in the comments over the past two weeks, with opinions shared on the success of BIG, the problem of negativity in architecture, and more. Read on to find out what our readers had to say.

Hitoshinaya / Ryo Matsui Architects

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  • Architects: Ryo Matsui Architects
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

What Happens When Light Starts to Create Brand Experiences?

Global companies often exploit architectural icons to transform physical form into their desired brand reputations. To help achieve this goal, after twilight, the natural qualities of buildings have often been supplemented by architectural lighting, as the facades call unmistakeably for attention with their colorful and dynamic illumination. Representation has become the leading motivation for upgrading the lighting at headquarters and retail outlets. But when the illumination evolves into spectacular gestures, the brand identity and architecture itself starts to fade. Hence, the struggle for individuality has revived the discussion about ornament – though ornament appears now as light.

Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates. Image © Daici Ano © Diego Opazo Allianz Arena Munich by Herzog & de Meuron, Munich, Germany. Image © Allianz Arena/B. Ducke Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi by Asymptote, Abu Dhabi. Image © Viceroy Hotel Group + 7

Japan's New Masters: Yuko Nagayama

Japanese design has long had a defining impact on other cultures from all over the world; as early as the mid-nineteenth century, fashionable collectors in Europe exchanged artifacts from Japan, and Frank Lloyd Wright was famously influenced by their distinctive architecture after a trip to the country in 1905. In recent decades, Japan has been one of architecture's superpowers, producing seven Pritzker Prize laureates in under 30 years. And, while Japan's Pritzker winners are widely revered, they are far from the only players on the scene, with a new wave of young Japanese architects now emerging behind internationally acclaimed names such as Sou Fujimoto.

In this new series of interviews titled "Japan's New Masters," Ebrahim Abdoh speaks to both the established and emerging architects of Japan's dynamic architectural scene. The first interview of the series is with Yuko Nagayama, founder of Yuko Nagayama and Associates.

Teshima Yokoo House. Image © Daici Ano Gokokuya. Image Courtesy of Yuko Nagayama & Associates Katsutadai House - click image for full project. Image © Daici Ano Urbanprem Minami Aoyama - click image for full project. Image © Daici Ano + 30

Apartment – House / Kochi Architect’s Studio

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Chiba, Japan

Tanaka Clinic / Akiyoshi Takagi & Associates

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Hamamatsu, Japan
  • Architects: Akiyoshi Takagi & Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 498.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

KURO Building / KINO Architects

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  • Architects: KINO Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 75.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Science Hills Komatsu / Mari Ito + UAO

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Komatsu, Japan
  • Architects: Mari Ito, UAO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6063.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Dental Clinic in Onomichi / OISHI Masayuki & Associates

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Onomichi, Japan
  • Architects: OISHI Masayuki & Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 156.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates

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Chuo, Japan

House in Kitaoji / Torafu Architects

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Kyoto, Japan
  • Architects: Torafu Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 134.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

House in Komae / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

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Komae, Japan
  • Architects: Makoto Yamaguchi Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 272.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2007

SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Minato, Japan
  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 293.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013