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Spotlight: Toyo Ito

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 OhashiTama Art University Library. Image © Iwan BaanSendai Mediatheque. Image © Nacasa & Partners Inc.Taichung Metropolitan Opera House. Image © Lucas K. Doolan+ 16

T3 House / CUBO design architect

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  507
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Gessi, MARUHON

House Momoyama / Erika Nakagawa Office

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  174
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Toto, Acor, Dksystems, MARUSHIKA Ceramics, fixture

Concrete Square Tube House / EASTERN Design Office

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© Koichi Torimura

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Kyoto, Japan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  134
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Euromobil, Metos, Riviera, Merkmal, Sankyo Tateyama

Rooftop House / Another APARTMENT / Tsuyoshi Kobayashi

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© Koichi Torimura

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  • Architects: Another Apartment
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Vectorworks, Maxray, Sanwacompany, Trimble Navigation

A' Good Architecture Design Award Winners Showcase Integrative Design

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Hotel Pino Nature - Hotel / Studio ZEC. Image © Damir DautbegovićHangzhou Zhongshuge Bookstore - Bookstore / Xiang Li. Image © Feng ShaoManshausen - Hospitality, Sport, Hotel, Wellness/Spa / Snorre Stinessen. Image © Steve KingPONE Transparent Shell - Exhibition Space / PONE ARCHITECTURE. Image © PONE ARCHITECTURE+ 21

The Great Tiny House Debate: What it Means to Downsize the Dream

The dream of a home in the suburbs with a white picket fence is changing. Between housing crises and homelessness, mounting debt and downsizing, home ownership has become increasingly less attainable. The tiny house movement is a direct response to these forces, with cities and designers asking whether micro dwellings can address pressing issues or if they are glorifying unhealthy living conditions.

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S-House / Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

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Chichibu, Japan

Jubako House / Meguro Architecture Laboratory

© Koichi Torimura© Taku Hata© Koichi Torimura© Koichi Torimura+ 12

Tokio, Japan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  138
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Toto, A&A, Acor, Advan Co., Ltd., Advan Co., Ltd., +7

Housenji Temple / Meguro Architecture Laboratory

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Tokyo, Japan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  846
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Toto, YKK AP, A&A, Acor, Osmo & Edel, +2

House of Light Truss / Ikeda Yukie Ono Toshiharu Architects

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Sequence of L walls / Ikeda Yukie Ono Toshiharu Architects

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Shimonoseki, Japan

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.

Retail Stores Under 100 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

Designing commercial spaces has historically been a challenge. In these environments, spatial distribution plays a fundamental role, even more so if we have a few extra square meters. With this being said, the study of these spaces in plan and section can be a great starting point. It not only allows us to analyze the logistics and circulation of customers but also helps us find efficient variations and innovations that will enable your store to stand out from the others.

Below, we've selected a series of 25 examples in plan and section that can help you understand how different architects faced the challenge.

Kanoko Building / EASTERN Design Office

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  281
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Toto, Acor, Rakuera, YKK AP Inc, YOSHINO GYPSUM

Yatsugatake Annex / Takanori Ineyama Architects

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© Koichi Torimura

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10 Inspiring Examples of Post-Disaster Architecture

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 GreenleeVilla Verde Housing. Image © Suyin ChiaSoma City Home-For-All. Image © Koichi TorimuraCardboard Cathedral. Image © Bridgit Anderson+ 10

Mushroom House / SPACESPACE

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Kawachinagano, Japan
  • Architects: SPACESPACE ; Design: Takanori Kagawa, Junko Kishigami
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  71
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018