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RHYTHM House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Setagaya City, Japan

Dance of Light Installation / Naruse Inokuma Architects + a round architects

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Othello House / MASA Architects

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Takatsuki, Japan
  • Architects: MASA Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 126.42
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Spotlight: Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma (born 8th August, 1956) is one of the most significant Japanese figures in contemporary architecture. His reinterpretation of traditional Japanese architectural elements for the 21st century has involved serious innovation in uses of natural materials, new ways of thinking about light and lightness and architecture that enhances rather than dominates. His buildings don't attempt to fade into the surroundings through simple gestures, as some current Japanese work does, but instead his architecture attempts to manipulate traditional elements into statement-making architecture that still draws links with the area in which it's built. These high-tech remixes of traditional elements and influences have proved popular across Japan and beyond, and his recent works have begun expanding out of Japan to China and the West.

Green Cast. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates GC Prostho Museum Research Center. Image © Daici Ano Même – Experimental House. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates Shun Shoku Lounge by Guranavi. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates + 37

30 Open Bathrooms: Incorporating Breeze and Nature in Private Space

The private space is usually associated with hiding what goes on inside, allowing people to have certain moments of intimacy. Habitually, bathrooms have been designed for this purpose, reducing openings to a minimum or — sometimes — eliminating them completely.

However, being such an important space within a building, bathrooms have become an object of new exploration for architects. By blurring the limits of privacy — without losing it completely — these spaces are open to the outdoors, allowing the breeze to enter. How does this new experience feel? Check out 30 open bathrooms that play with the feeling of exhibitionism, without fully revealing what is happening inside.

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Cover / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Fuchu, Japan

Fast Food Slowed Down: What's Behind the All the Redesigns - and Is It Enough?

Some restaurants don’t need a review to get attention. You might know them for their longevity, their presence, or even just their advertisements. But most importantly, whether it’s their grand luminous logo, or the building’s prominent architecture and color palette, these franchises are more or less the same (the menu, the music, the interior design…), wherever you are, be it London, Lima, or Lahore.

Recently, however, a few of these places have begun to shift away from the “architectural stamp” that they use in all their branches, hiring design firms to rebrand their restaurants - and by extension, their image. This bespoke approach can result in outposts that are atypically site-specific, understated, and individual. For users, it may be a point of curiosity; a reason to revisit what you think you already know. For the brand, it's an attempt to cater to evolving tastes (culinary and otherwise) without having to alter the core product.

McDonald's Rotterdam. Image © Jeroen Musch Fuel Station + McDonald's, Georgia. Image Courtesy of Giorgi Khmaladze Starbucks Chelsea, NYC. Image Courtesy of Starbucks Burger King Garden Grill . Image Courtesy of Outofstock + 20

House in Ichitsubo / Taichi Nishishita architect & associate

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House in Inari / Taichi Nishishita Architect & Associates

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Mount Takao Sumika / Naruse Inokuma Architects

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Hachiōji-shi, Japan

Small Cafe Designs: 20 Aspirational Examples in Plan & Section

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The interior design of a coffee shop can make-or-break an establishment. With an inviting design, you can transform drinking a simple cup of coffee into a wonderful experience. However, when you only have a few square meters and various machines and properties to distribute, finding an efficient configuration is not easy.

To help you make better use of small spaces, below we have gathered a selection of 20 small cafe projects alongside their design drawings.

6 Tips for Designing and Building a Tiny House

Tiny houses have become popular in recent years as housing prices continue to soar. Whether as an off-the-grid retreat or a way to live more simply and economically, tiny homes offer a more flexible way to live. They are even being used by charity organizations such as the Tiny Homes Foundation in Australia as a way to tackle the issue of homelessness in cities and the need for social housing. As the popularity and need for tiny homes become ever more prevalent, knowing the necessary skills to design a tiny house for yourself or a client is a useful skill to have.

Below are 6 tips to keep in mind when designing and building a tiny house:

<a href='https://www.archdaily.com/790996/koda-kodasema'>KODA / Kodasema</a>. Image © Paul Kuimet <a href='https://www.archdaily.com/476916/minimod-mapa'>Minimod / MAPA</a>. Image © Leonardo Finotti <a href='https://www.archdaily.com/379927/micro-house-studio-liu-lubin'>Micro-house / Studio Liu Lubin</a>. Image Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin <a href='https://www.archdaily.com/420623/portable-house-aph80-abaton-arquitectura'>Portable House ÁPH80 / Ábaton Arquitectura</a>. Image © Juan Baraja + 10

PEAK House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Sumida, Japan

Slide House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Koto, Japan

Kamiuma House / CHOP+ARCHI

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Setagaya, Japan
  • Architects: CHOP+ARCHI
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 107.82
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

TRIM / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Ota, Japan

Grid / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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House in Johoku / Motoki Ishikawa Architect & Associates

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