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Spotlight: Toyo Ito

01:00 - 1 June, 2018
Spotlight: Toyo Ito, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 / Toyo Ito + Cecil Balmond + Arup. Image © Sylvain Deleu
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 / Toyo Ito + Cecil Balmond + Arup. Image © Sylvain Deleu

As one of the leading architects of Japan's increasingly highly-regarded architecture culture, 2013 Pritzker Laureate Toyo Ito (born June 1, 1941) has defined his career by combining elements of minimalism with an embrace of technology, in a way that merges both traditional and contemporary elements of Japanese culture.

Tower of Winds. Image © Tomio Ohashi Tama Art University Library. Image © Iwan Baan Sendai Mediatheque. Image © Nacasa & Partners Inc. Taichung Metropolitan Opera House. Image © Lucas K. Doolan + 16

10 Inspiring Examples of Post-Disaster Architecture

08:00 - 28 May, 2018
10 Inspiring Examples of Post-Disaster Architecture, Shiftpods. Image via Advanced Shelter Systems
Shiftpods. Image via Advanced Shelter Systems

Following natural disaster or conflict, architecture plays a critical role in not only reconstructing lost infrastructure but also responding to the need for comfort and safety for those affected. Successful post-disaster architecture must meet both the short-term need for immediate shelter, as well as long-term needs for reconstruction and stability. Eight years after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, those displaced continue to reside in temporary shelters without adequate access to plumbing and electricity, revealing the critical importance of addressing long-term needs after disaster and conflict.

Below, we've rounded up 10 impressive examples of post-disaster architecture that range from low-cost, short-term proposals to those that attempt to rebuild entire communities from the ground up:

Pop-Up Places of Worship. Image Courtesy of Lucas Boyd and Chad Greenlee Villa Verde Housing. Image © Suyin Chia Soma City Home-For-All. Image © Koichi Torimura Cardboard Cathedral. Image © Bridgit Anderson + 10

House Plans Under 50 Square Meters: 26 More Helpful Examples of Small-Scale Living

06:00 - 30 April, 2018
House Plans Under 50 Square Meters: 26 More Helpful Examples of Small-Scale Living

Designing the interior of an apartment when you have very little space to work with is certainly a challenge. We all know that a home should be as comfortable as possible for its inhabitants, but when we have only a few square meters to work with and the essential functions of the home to distribute, finding an efficient layout is not easy. Following our popular selection of houses under 100 square meters, we've gone one better: a selection of 26 floor plans between 20 and 50 square meters to inspire you in your own spatially-challenged designs.

Mushroom House / SPACESPACE

20:00 - 3 April, 2018
Mushroom House / SPACESPACE, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kawachinagano, Japan
  • Design

    Takanori Kagawa, Junko Kishigami
  • Design Team

    SPACESPACE
  • Area

    71.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Fantastic Images of Architecture in the Fog: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 3 December, 2017
Fantastic Images of Architecture in the Fog: The Best Photos of the Week, © Richard Barnes
© Richard Barnes

Taking photographs in fog can be an experience as chaotic as it is enchanting. Although working with this phenomenon can be risky, since fog dramatically modifies the available light and the atmosphere of a scene, if you know how to take advantage of it, the result can lead to perfect photographs. Below is a selection of 10 images from prominent photographers such as Kevin Scott, Richard Barnes, and Koichi Torimura.

© Fernando Guerra © Ligang Huang © Sophie Mayer © Cornbread Works + 10

Soma City HOME-FOR-ALL / Toyo Ito & Associates + Klein Dytham architecture

02:00 - 18 September, 2017
Soma City HOME-FOR-ALL / Toyo Ito & Associates + Klein Dytham architecture, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 12

MU / Ikeda Yukie Architects

19:00 - 25 May, 2017
MU  / Ikeda Yukie Architects, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hachinohe, Japan
  • Lead Architects

    Ikeda Yukie, Ono Toshiharu
  • Collaborators

    MID architectural structure laboratory
  • Area

    96.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

SHINMINKA / ISSHOArchitects

20:00 - 16 April, 2017
SHINMINKA   / ISSHOArchitects, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Motobu, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    JUN VERA
  • MORTEX

    Bath room Wall floor mortar
  • Miele

    KM6200
  • TOTO

    Shower cock
  • Area

    57.15 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Y House / Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio

22:00 - 20 December, 2016
Y House / Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 20

A House in Tsukishima / ICADA

20:00 - 27 November, 2016
A House in Tsukishima / ICADA, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 20

EN-House / Meguro Architecture Laboratory

21:00 - 7 November, 2016
EN-House / Meguro Architecture Laboratory, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Shinkenchiku Sha © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 31

House in Kugayama / miCo.

19:00 - 12 September, 2016
House in Kugayama  / miCo., © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Mizuki Imamura + Isao Shinohara
  • Area

    119.24 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House in Pakse / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

20:00 - 3 September, 2015
House in Pakse  / Makoto Yamaguchi Design, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 23

Checkered House / Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office

18:00 - 14 May, 2015
Checkered House / Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 19

Sandwich Apartment / Ikeda Yukie Architects

23:00 - 19 March, 2015
Sandwich Apartment  / Ikeda Yukie Architects, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 16

Villa Escargot / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

01:00 - 9 February, 2015
Villa Escargot / Takeshi Hirobe Architects, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 15

House in Tsubaki / PANDA

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
House in Tsubaki / PANDA, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Kozo Yamamoto, Shinji Ikeda
  • Contractor

    AZ Construction
  • Area

    95.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Bosco / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

01:00 - 11 November, 2014
Bosco / Makoto Yamaguchi Design, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura + 17