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NewsNews • 26 Apr 2021

Design of Ebisu Tokyo house developed through a clever three-dimensional game

In Ebisu Tokyo, this house by Tetsuo Yamaji Architects is designed to accommodate a family spanning three generations.  As such, the design emphasizes creating a variety of different spaces that provide independence and respond to a range of different working, living, play and socializing requirements. Kenta Hasegawa The architects began with the legally allowed maximum volume, which was divided into five 1.7 x 2.2-meter modules. The columns and beams, composed of 100mm x 100mm H-steels, created a lattice structure. Then, together with the family, the architects began to insert floors – like a three-dimensional game. Kenta Hasegawa As the floors are inserted, each member can freely choose, climate, usages, human relat... More

NewsNews • 1 Apr 2021

Jun Aoki wraps Louis Vuitton Ginza Namiki in rippling dichroic glass

The transformation of Louis Vuitton Ginza Namiki is the third collaboration between Jun Aoki & Associates, now Aoki & Shinagawa + Associates, and Louis Vuitton after completing Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji in 2020 and Louis Vuitton Ginza Matsuya in 2013. © Daici Ano For the Ginza Namiki store, occupied by Louis Vuitton since 1981, Jun Aoki was inspired by the reflections of water and translated the phenomenon into a rippling glass facade. The undulating surface made up out of two layers of dichroic glass reflect shifting colors onto the staircase and interiors. © Daici Ano The corner is opened up with a double height shop window fitted with curved glass. The signature Louis Vuitton window display is the... More

Project • By Fumihiko Sano StudioRestaurants

Sukiyaki Jyuniten

Considered the gateway to Tokyo, the project is located in a commercial complex near Tokyo Station. Sukiyaki Jyuniten is a restaurant specializing in sukiyaki, a traditional Japanese dish that is prepared and served in a Japanese hot pot. The name “jyuniten” refers to the Buddhist term “12 heavens” and is a reference to the 12 levels of A5 grade Japanese style beef.Due to the layout of the fireproof compartment of the kitchen, the depth of the façade was shallow. To make use of the shallow space, the storefront was designed with sukiya-style Kitayama cedar logs and a refrigerated display case for the different cuts of beef. The storefront was designed like a butcher shop so that people passing by could see the... More

Project • By Fumihiko Sano StudioRestaurants

Japanese Cuisine Tokiwa

This project is a new store reopened by a chef who has been operating a Japanese restaurant in Ginza for about 20 years. The interior design is a Sukiya style to reflect the chef’s personal fondness of tea ceremonies.The entire area is divided into an entrance, a private room, a counter, a table area. The design and materials were selected to differ in the nature of the space, based on the aesthetics of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony room. The door of the façade is made from a 350 year old single piece of Kirishima cedar with a brass frame, a design fitting to represent the design of the restaurant. For the approach from the entrance to the dining area, the light is narrowed in the entrance space with a combination of bur... More

Project • By MIKAMI ArchitectsLibraries

Tonami Public Library

It is a public library located in Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture.   The spectacular scenery of the quiet Tonami Plain is unparalleled. The panorama of the scattered villages, which was once the food basket of the Kaga domain, has been passed down from ancient times as a beautiful idyllic landscape. The reason is the dignity of the locals, who have both rationality and a rich spirit, and have evolved into a traditional wooden farmhouse called Azumachi. With that image in mind, I came up with the concept of an "open plan library under a big roof" facing the main street that runs through the city.   We wanted the roof with scale and gentle rolls to be a new landmark in Tonami. It is a modern interpretation of Azumadachi and is al... More

Project • By MIKAMI ArchitectsLibraries

Librio Yukuhashi Library

It is a complex facility centered on a library located in Yukuhashi City, Fukuoka Prefecture. When building public architecture, especially in a  rural region, we believe that the utmost importance is to create a building that is only possible there. By drawing upon the historical context of an area, we want to create meaning  of the architecture to situate in the area.    A Town Called Yukuhashi [行橋] Yukuhashi City, in Fukuoka Prefecture, is located about 25 kilometers South-Southeast of Kitakyūshū City. It is a central city of the Keichiku Region with a population of roughly 70,000 people and, in recent years, has become a commuter town for those working in Kitakyūshū City. The name “Yukuhashi” comes fr... More


House with Sliding Doors

1. Sliding doors and hinged doors      Sliding doors have long been used in Japanese architecture. Japanese architecture has a veranda space, and Japanese people have lived by using sliding doors such as shutters and Shoji screens to control the way they connect with nature and people. Isn't it possible to utilize the device that controls the connection with the external environment even in the dwelling unit of an apartment house? With that in mind, this renovation plan was considered.      Generally, the corridors inside the dwelling units of apartments are dark and closed. It is no exaggeration to say that this is fate, because limited natural lighting is naturally assigned to the living room, and the corri... More

NewsNews • 4 Nov 2020

Sou Fujimoto revamps 300 years old Inn into a designer Hotel

After 300 years of business Shiroiya Inn closed its doors in 2008. Creatives from Japan have come together to revitalize the place located two hours driving north of Tokyo and create the Shiroiya Hotel, set to open its doors in December this year. © Shinya Kigure Sou Fujimoto was responsible for the overall design of the hotel consisting of two structures; The Heritage Tower and the Green Tower. The Heritage Tower, a renovation of the former Shiraiya Inn, houses 17 rooms, and the Green Tower houses 8 rooms covered in a green roof. © Katsumasa Tanaka © Katsumasa Tanaka © Shinya Kigure The hotel features a restaurant and a lounge that display a number of artworks like Leandro Erlich's Lighting Pi... More

Project • By BAUMHousing

O house

Japanese architect Daisuke Kishina –BAUM- has completed a silver galvalium steel plated house in Fukui city. The dwelling slots into a residential densed-packed area and it runs almost the full length of the plot. The 197 square-meter volume includes two storey connected by a steel-wooden staircase. All along the stairs BAUM design a wall library, with a maximum width of 10 meter, conceived as a nucleus of the residence.  "We manage to create a space where you can stay, read, enjoy while going up and down. A space that gather all the family" said the studio. LDK and japanese traditional tatami room are located on the first floor, linked to the exterior patio and private garden through large windows and sliding doors.  The... More

Project • By Kazuto Nishi ArchitectsHousing

House in Midorigaoka1

This house is planned on a site facing a relatively busy full-scale road with a large supermarket in front of it, not far from the main street. In order to take in the bright sunlight on the entire road side and south side while ensuring privacy, a courtyard is built in the center of the building, and a large louver is installed so that the sunlight can be received while blocking the line of sight from the front. .. From the large opening installed in the living room, luxurious light reserved only for the owner shines every day. This building uses more than 250 delicate louvers of 30 x 50 mm. A light façade is formed by constructing a large building volume with delicate materials. In addition, by installing it in the upper part... More

Project • By Kazuto Nishi ArchitectsPrivate Houses

House in Tonami

It is a house planned in Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture.The site is in a good environment surrounded by roads on the east and west sides and a park on the north side. In addition, the downtown area is nearby, making it a convenient location. The owner, who lives far away, decided to build a new final home in his hometown. This area has a typical climate on the Sea of Japan side.Although it varies from year to year, there is a lot of snow in winter, and the cloudy sky spreads throughout the year. In such an environment, I thought of a one-story house with a large roof that would envelop a peaceful life. Under the big roof, the openings are gathered on the park side where the good environment spreads so that you can fully feel the change of t... More

Project • By Kazuto Nishi ArchitectsPrivate Houses

House in Kamiaraya

text: It is a private house for a family of four.The most request is a house where the voices and actions of the whole family canalways be felt.The location is located in a quiet residential area.On the other hand, the building was simple, but when we stepped in one step, weplanned a pleasant interior space as if we were in the shade of a tree.Many trees are used for the interior space.A house that represents the structure as much as possible and can enjoy the strengthand kindness of wood.The walls have also been aggressively unified with Lauan wood and painted in silvergray to guide the light into the interior of the room.A large atrium is set up at the top of the living room, and the family is connected throughthis atrium, a soft light wr... More

Project • By Kazuto Nishi ArchitectsResidential Landscape

House in Nanto

It is a small house that accepts various environments and aims for a unique architecture. The project site has typical Japanese Seaside climate. Annual sunshine hours are low and precipitation is high. The snow cover can exceed 1m, and in summer some hot summer days are recorded. The first thing I noticed was the presence of a carport. This area with a lot of snow is installed in most houses. We accepted the carport culture positively and reflected it in the building. At first glance, the appearance of a barracks is the result of carefully interpreting the local environment. We are accepting the monsoon, sunshine, and scenery in our buildings, and are exploring ways to live together with the environment. In addition, the frame plan i... More

Project • By Doyle CollectionBars

Kimchee Pancras Square

We were required to reconstruct by adding new identity, yet leaving the impression of the existing restaurant as it is. By using Korean traditional grid patterns and vertical grids as motif, we aimed to make a clear and sophisticated atmosphere.  Though this is Interior Design, being conscious of the Architecture structures and considering the details enable to evoke the customers’ feelings to visit here. One of our challenges was to make a characteristic difference in the space from the Basement Floor to the Ground Floor. As you proceed from the entrance to the aboveground floor’s inner room and to the Basement Floor, customers will feel more sense of privacy. We have used the same motif grids, nevertheless, by changing... More

NewsNews • 2 Oct 2020

Pritzker Prize winners among 16 creators transforming public toilet design in Tokyo

Japan is renowned as one of the cleanest countries in the world. Even the country’s public toilets are known to have a higher standard of hygiene that much of the rest of the world. Nevertheless, the use of public toilets in Japan is limited due to a widespread belief that they are dark, dirty, smelly and scary. The Nippon foundation is seeking to dispel these misconceptions with THE TOKYO TOILET project. The project will see 17 new toilets constructed at 17 locations in Shibuya, Tokyo. Toilets designs come from 16 leading creators, including numerous Pritzker Prize winners.   A brief requirement common to all 17 toilets is that they ‘demonstrate the possibilities of an inclusive society, ‘ and that they are ‘a... More