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Blue Bottle Coffee Shinjuku Cafe / Schemata Architects

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House U / Atelier KUKKA Architects

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Tokyo, Japan

Cedar House, Pine House / S PLUS ONE architecture

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Tokyo, Japan

Ingenhoven Architects Reveal Plans for Green Towers in Tokyo

ingenhoven architects has released its design for the Toranomon Project, a new business and lifestyle development that will include a 175,000-square-meter office tower and a 122,000-square-meter residential tower, which will become Tokyo’s highest residential building at approximately 220 meters tall.

Located in the Toranomon area of Tokyo, the project will be built around the existing Toranomon Hills Mori Tower, with respect for the existing structure, but with its own identity as a set of nodes in the larger urban green network.

OMA Reveals Design for Mixed-Use Tower in Tokyo

OMA has revealed the design for its first skyscraper in Tokyo. A tower with a torqued front-facade, the building incorporates an elevated park and access to a new Hibiya Line subway station in a project that mixes hotel, office, and retail components.

In the Loop / Takuma Sugi + Nanako Hirai + Ben Nitta

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Tokyo Pop Lab Honorable Mention Layers Boxes in a 3D Visualization of Pop Culture

The team of Peter Bus, Tomas Vlasak, Vaclav Petrus, and Petr Bouril has received an honorable mention for their proposal for the Tokyo Pop Lab Competition, which recently announced its winners. The proposal, entitled "At The Crossroads of Ideas," is designed as a “three-dimensional representation of history and development of pop culture.”

Separated into three parts, one below ground, one above ground, and one in-between, the design is interconnected via cylindrical concrete towers, which act as the main structural support of the building.

SO/AP Architectes Reveals Tokyo Pop Lab Proposal

SO/AP Architectes has released its proposal for the Tokyo Pop Lab competition, which recently announced its winners. Based on the duality of environmental vulnerability and the omnipresence of numeric technology, the 3,500 square meter design focuses on the battle between mankind and nature.

Three Winners Announced for Tokyo Pop Lab Competition

The three winners of the Tokyo Pop Lab competition, which called for the development of an institution for popular culture, have been announced.

Centered on the phenomena of pop culture, the competition examined how “popular culture migrates and changes from person to person and place to place,” and invited entrants “to critically evaluate fundamental correlations between cultural production and architecture.”

Entrants varied in typology from pragmatic to ideological, with successful proposals including “a well considered and articulated definition of popular culture, clarity in representation of both architecture and culture, and a clear programmatic agenda.”

The three winners of the Tokyo Pop Lab competition are:

Opera / Taka Shinomoto + Voar Design Haus

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Nerima House / Elding Oscarson

© Kenichi Suzuki © Kenichi Suzuki © Kenichi Suzuki © Kenichi Suzuki + 32

Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Elding Oscarson
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  99
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Kohn Pedersen Fox + Leslie E. Robertson's Next Tokyo 2045 Masterplan Features a Mile-High Skyscraper

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Leslie E. Robertson Associates have joined forces to propose a vision for a new city in Tokyo Bay. “Next Tokyo” imagines a mega-city that is adapted to climate change in the year 2045. Rising sea levels, seismic activity, and the threat of typhoons have drawn attention to the vulnerability of low-elevation coastal zones in the bay. This design proposes a development strategy that improves the bay’s preparedness for these natural disasters, while also creating a mile-high residential tower and a new transit-oriented district.

SM Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

© Studio Bauhaus
© Studio Bauhaus

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Gakugeidaigaku / Yuichi Yoshida & associates

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Tsunyuji / Satoru Hirota Architects

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Kengo Kuma Denies Copying Zaha Hadid's Tokyo National Stadium Design

In the latest Tokyo National Stadium news, Kengo Kuma is firing back to Zaha Hadid's allegations regarding the "similarities" of the two designs by insisting that his "concept is completely different." As reported the Architects' Journal, the Japanese architect agrees there are some natural similarities due to appropriate sightlines and regulations, however the actual design and concept are radically different.

"I believe that the design by Zaha Hadid was excellent, with a unique shape and demonstration of her philosophy," said Kuma in a press conference. "When we consider the design is being created within the same land, using the same tracks and under the same laws it is natural and almost automatic that there are some similarities which will arise."

"And despite the technical details being similar, the concepts and designs are completely different," he added, referring to Hadid's "saddle-style" design and his flat-roofed proposal. 

JSC Witholds Payment from Zaha Hadid in Exchange for Copyright Release

Zaha Hadid is facing new hurdles regarding her scrapped Tokyo National Stadium design; according to the architect, the Japan Sport Council (JSC) is withholding an overdue payment until ZHA agrees to relinquish ownership of their original designs.

After working on the design for more than two years, the British practice was decommissioned from the project over cost objections last summer. Since, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has been reassigned the project, offering a design that ZHA says is suspiciously similar to their original proposal "in the structure, layout and numerous elements."

Now, the JSC has requested ZHA agrees to new "Compliance Rules" that would allow the stadium's new architect to "use any product of work ... regardless of its copyright."

AD Classics: Nomadic Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

Nomadic Museum, Santa Monica. Image © flickr user paolomazzoleni, licensed under CC BY 2.0
Nomadic Museum, Santa Monica. Image © flickr user paolomazzoleni, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Shigeru Ban, the 2014 Pritzker Prize winner, is an architect often celebrated for his humanitarian and disaster relief structures, constructed out of recycled or recyclable materials. On the other end of spectrum, he is well-known for his meticulously constructed residential and museum projects, more often than not for high-end wealthy clients. The Nomadic Museum, however, combines both of these facets of his practice, using shipping containers and paper tubes to craft a bespoke mobile gallery for Gregory Colbert’s traveling exhibition of photography entitled Ashes and Snow.

© flickr user paolomazzoleni, licensed under CC BY 2.0Nomadic Museum, New York. Image © flickr user informedmindstravel, licensed under CC BY-NC-NDNomadic Museum, Santa Monica. Image © flickr user paolomazzoleni, licensed under CC BY 2.0Section, Santa Monica+ 10