Japanese style

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Project • By NoMaDoSApartments

The Cloister Home

【Background】 This is a renovation project for a 44-year-old apartment. The owner is an enthusiast of weaving wooden basket bags. The owner's requests were to have an earthen floor space that could be used as a studio, to enjoy the views of the river and cityscape from the windows, and to optimize the living space compactly. Caption Caption Caption Caption To achieve this, we arranged the core living area in a box-like shape at an angle, with the bathroom, bed, closets etc. centralized in the middle. Gaps were left between the existing concrete walls and the core space. These gaps create a trapezoidal floor plan that allows the space to flexibly expand and contract, forming a continuous cloister wrapping around. This en... More

Project • By MIKAMI ArchitectsPrimary Schools

Nakazato Elementary and Junior High School

Hitachi City stretches along the Pacific coast and is the birthplace of the global HITACHI Group. The site is located in Nakazato, a district of Hitachi City, but can only be reached from the city center by crossing a mountain. The area was incorporated into Hitachi City because it once housed company housing for workers of Hitachi Mine, the predecessor of HITACHI. However, the Hitachi Mine is now gone and the Nakazato area is a lonely mountain village. KOUJI HORIUCHI KOUJI HORIUCHI KOUJI HORIUCHI KOUJI HORIUCHI Nakazato Elementary and Junior High School is a small combined elementary and junior high school built in its mountainous surroundings, with about 10 students per grade, but the number of local children alone wa... More

Project • By Haven Space DesignHousing

House Renovation | Peaceful Sunshine

The members of the project are a couple and their two elementary school children. Hua happeNi Rearrange the floor plan of the old house and bring in the natural light, the renovated house allows the family to have more space to accompany with each other, jointly create beautiful memories.  Hua happeNi Hua happeNi Hua happeNi Hua happeNi Hua happeNi Hua happeNi   More

Project • By STUDIO JPrivate Houses

The Lin House

This case is a detached house. The designer has exclusively created an elegant and tranquil space for a couple obsessed with Japanese style. With natural stones and a warm wood tone, the residence delicately reflects the simple and low-key personality of the occupants. suiyustudio The ceilings and walls on the first floor are made of natural wood veneer, and the light brown tone delivers a cozy mood. Strolling into the living room, one will be visually amazed by the waterfall-like marble wall, whose energetic flow is the eye-catching finishing touch of the living room. suiyustudio In addition, the designer resourcefully designed metal squares on the top of the display table to achieve the block-like effect of indirect light sour... More

Project • By YYAA Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architects AtelierHousing

House in Kitamachi

This is a project to renovate an old house in Nara City. Various buildings of different ages stand on the site, sharing a corridor and a courtyard. The oldest and largest of them is a barn with a large atrium, built to store long logs. The barn had been little used for many years and had become weathered. The client wanted to renovate it into a comfortable living space. Keishiro Yamada We removed a large amount of mud walls that had detached from the bamboo framework due to continuous leaks, rebuilt the basement, reinforced columns and beams that had been weakened by termite and decay damage, and filled the roof and walls with insulation. Keishiro Yamada The atrium, converted into a large living room, leads to a Japanese-style r... More

Project • By CERAMICHE KEOPERestaurants

Sushic Asian Experience Varese

Clean lines, minimal and precise decoration, and a natural flow of movement and energy between spaces. That's Sushic, Asian fusion restaurant which opened near Varese in summer 2018; a blend of contemporary style and ancient Zen principles.Moov 60x60cm tiles flow through the large atrium, across the raised area with low tables, and into the pretty private rooms, paving the different areas with the tile collection’s simple concrete effect and bright Anthracite accents.In&Out Percorsi Quartz 10.5X45 clad the walls, creating a steady Zen-like grace with the Muretti decor of the collection. The stone-effect of In&Out was inspired by the natural flair of quartzite, blending artistry and nature in an impressive game of dark and ligh... 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

Project • By IN-EXPATApartments

Ryokan Modern

Nestled within the lush tropical gardens in the Garden City, the 3,500 sqft residence boasts the elements of a Japanese ryokan. For the homeowners who are passionate admirers of the Japanese culture, the brief was precise at best – to create a modern ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) with a Scandinavian touch. The result is a cohesive space that is complimented by a fluid motion of poetic encounters, each defined by the bespoke feature walls that were skilfully handcrafted by sister company IN-EXPAT. Every feature in this apartment is as meticulous in its detailing as its functions. More

Project • By Fast Space DesignShops


E-Shochu is a company which envisions the deepening of Japan-Thai relations and interactions through the increased exposure of Japanese Liquor into the Thai market.  In keeping with that vision, this time the company is planning for a new retail outlet which aims not just to engage in liquor sales but also become the place for communicating the latest news in the industry as well as be the de-facto destination for Japanese liquor enthusiasts to gather.   We therefore proposed the creation of the Sake Forest (Japanese お酒の森) as a space to exhibit  the rich variety and style of liquor lineup comprising of Japanese Sake and Shochu, which are arranged metaphorically into a forest; liquor bottles standing proudly just like trees... More

Project • By Kashiwa SatoOffices


Kashiwa Sato provided the total interior design direction for the global headquarters of the world-renowned pharmaceutical company, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. Kashiwa expressed the essence of Takeda’s DNA to the world through the elaborate interior spaces. He developed the overall concept of “life force” based on what has been Takeda’s mission since its inception, namely “to strive towards better health for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine, with the patients at the center of all that we (Takada) do.”   The flow of movement from the entrance, post the reception to the working areas tells a story of human life, expressed in the eight kanji for... More

Project • By Park AssociatiOffices


The project involves the complete interior renovation in a former industrial building from 1931, previously a wallpaper laboratory.   The building is located in via Vigevano in Milan, on the border with the Navigli area, one of the more lively district in the city with a dense network of shops, laboratories but above all kinds of restaurants, bars and pubs which make this area one of the favorite destinations of the city nightlife. The building stands out in the urban context for the geometric language of its architecture, with rationalist references, connected with the once carried out activities.   The assignment of the project came from Tenoha, a Japanese company that deals with creating multi-service spaces for typical cat... More

Project • By Hisashi IKEDA ArchitectsPrivate Houses

House Y in Ishibashi

House Y is located in dense residential area near highway. The site area is the smallest specified by the ordinance of this city. To build a rich living environment on this minimal site between the dense areas of small houses and the long scales of highways, we designed it with rational floor plans and various cross-section operations.   In order to effectively use the limited floor space, the floor plan is a rational plan that organizes the flow lines and takes into consideration future changes in the family structure. While guaranteeing the functional aspects of the house with a plan, each space is different, such as the ceiling form and finish of each room, the construction of the fittings, how to make the opening, the presence of... More

Project • By Tsutsumi and AssociatesRestaurants

Matsuko Fast Food

Three stories old house on the Xihu lakeside was renovated to 2 types of Japanese Restaurant. Many tourists are usually walking around there, so that on the first floor we planned the fast food style which provides low price and keeps high rotation. Because on the first floor of this old house its ceiling height is very low, so we can’t change the height too much. Also due to satisfy the requested programs, the shape of the space is very irregular so that it’s difficult to attract the tourist around there. Then we referred to “HUNAZOKO” ceiling that means bottom of the ship, which is usually used in the traditional Japanese house. The center line of the ceiling being raised up only a little, we can feel the extent o... More

Project • By Tsutsumi and AssociatesRestaurants

Ryoutei Asanoha

Three stories old house on the Xihu lakeside was renovated to 2 types of Japanese Restaurant. We planned traditional Japanese restaurant on the second and third floor which has calm atmosphere.   The entrance of restaurant is planned on the second floor where it has low ceiling height, so it is very important to design the walls as eye-catching ones. For the entrance wall, we disassembled the traditional ASANOHA pattern to two different geometric layers, one layer has diamond pattern and the another has the equilateral triangle pattern. In front of the wall we can recognize it as ASANOHA, but it gradually shifts toward the periphery. On the shoe box panels, they were carved by Japanese traditional technique called as NAGURI, and it h... More

Project • By HAO designApartments

Taiwan Apartment

The master of this property wants the space to make a statement while highlighting the ruggedness of concrete texture.The mistress prefers a comfotable and quite sense of life.She is good at making handicarfts and also appreaciates the finer moments of daily life.The son, who is in high school, needs a large table with enough functions to be elastically adjusted into a self-contained space.   Because the atrium is relatively small, a wooden extension is used to as a bench to put on shoes. Additionally, the countertop design also provides space for the master's interest in aquariums. The other side of the shoe cabinet, in addition to simple storage, also serves as a LEGO display area. The space reserved at the back is equipped with a... More