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Snow Picnic / Torafu

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota + 9

Nakano, Japan
  • Architects: Torafu
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 64.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

Nakano Fireproof Wooden House / Masashi Ogihara

© Kai Nakamura
© Kai Nakamura
Nakano, Japan
  • Architects: Masashi Ogihara
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 90.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura + 26

AD Classics: White U / Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito was commissioned for this building by his older sister after her husband sadly lost his battle with cancer in the 1970s. Having lived for a number of years in a high-rise apartment, she and her two young daughters wished to move to a site which had more connection to the ground; as luck would have it, the site next to Ito's own house was being sold at the time.

AD Classics: Silver Hut / Toyo Ito

© Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates
© Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates

Known for his conceptual designs, Japanese architect Toyo Ito is arguably one of the world’s most innovative architects. He began his architectural career with a project for his sister in 1976 called “The U House,” located in the center of Tokyo. The U House contained windows on the inside facing a courtyard instead of the typical outward-facing windows. This was Ito’s first experimentation with the ways that light enters buildings, and he expanded this idea to an even greater extent in his next project: the Silver Hut in Nakano, Tokyo.

Read about the Silver Hut after the break.

© Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates © Fujitsuka Mitsumasa. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates © Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates © Tomio Ohashi. Courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates + 6

Wooden Forest Apartment / Ikeda Yukie Ono Toshiharu Architects

Wooden Forest Apartment / Ikeda Yukie Ono Toshiharu Architects Wooden Forest Apartment / Ikeda Yukie Ono Toshiharu Architects Wooden Forest Apartment / Ikeda Yukie Ono Toshiharu Architects Wooden Forest Apartment / Ikeda Yukie Ono Toshiharu Architects + 53

Nakano, Japan
  • Architects: Ikeda Yukie Architects / Ikeda Yukie, Ohno Toshiharu
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 118.5
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009