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Torafu Architects
Aesop Shibuya


For Australian skin care brand Aesop, we planned the interior and exterior of the new store on Meiji Street in Shibuya. The store is located on the first floor of a three-storey building situated between two taller buildings; the space is long and slender – 2.6m in width, 7.8m in depth and 3.9m in maximum […]


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Doyle Collection Co. Ltd.
Tully’s Coffee shop COMCITY Kurosaki


Kurosaki Tully’s Coffee, a chain shop, provides some new challenges to increase the number of shops. Since this shop is directly connected to the local city station, there are various customers. With this situation, we proposed a special suggestion. That was, to create an identity in total and to purposely design separate customers’ seats. As […]


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Keikichi Yamauchi architect and associates
FRAME


This house is located in front of the lucid stream known as the Nuppuku River in Taisho-cho, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido. The north-west side of the house, which is the back of the building, is surrounded by tall trees, and unspoiled nature miraculously remains on the riverside. Things only exist here Since the attractive scenery is spread around […]


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Fujiwarramuro architects
House in Minoh2


The house stands in a quiet residential area in the northern part of Osaka prefecture. The client was drawn to a wall in a certain store made from Oya tuff stone and wished to use it somewhere on his house. He also had a desire to include a doma1 in the plan so we decided to […]


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MoNo / Fumiaki Nagashima + Mami Maruoka Nagashima
White Forest


MoNo designed the art work “White Forest” which was exhibited in “Ehrisman house”, one of old western-style houses authorized as a historical architectures by Yokohama city government, as a formal program of The Festival “Harmony of Flower and Table” in Yamate of Yokohama-city JAPAN. This event has been held every June for 13 years by […]


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Torafu Architects
Haunted play house


TORAFU’s Haunted house is a “Haunted play house” The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo presented a summer exhibition for children entitled “GHOSTS, UNDERPANTS and STARS” for which we designed a “Haunted house”. The concept of this exhibition invites young visitors to consider the paradox of the rules of the museum, such as ‘Don’t Run’, ‘Don’t Touch’ […]


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Architect Show Co.,Ltd.
M4 House


This house is located in a quiet residential area of Nagasaki Prefecture. The M4-house, was designed on the concept that to achieve both the design and improvement of living environment while ensuring the privacy and security performance. Appearance was aimed at those with a sense of rhythm as the entire image and overlay architecture from various directions.  The fine-tune the […]


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Fujiwarramuro architects
House in Sayo


A narrow space threads through the center of this house, expanding and shrinking, curving and meandering. This part of the house morphs and transforms to become a space for relaxation, study, reading, or teatime. We built a small room in the middle of this space. As the width of these branches changes, the purpose of […]


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Architect Show Co.,Ltd.
The house of horizon


Project introduction The building site is a long, narrow piece of land between a coastline road and a cliff. The key design concept, besides assuring a sufficient living space, was to harmonize with the surrounding natural environment. The land sits two meters below the roadside, and the natural slope of the land was daringly used without trying to restructure […]


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Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
ARKHE beauty salon


We designed a beauty salon named ARKHE (refers to the ancient belief that water is the source of all creation) around the theme of water. This is a space made up by the charm of its raw materials, thus, by using aluminum and bringing out the beauty of the material ,we bring into existence a space […]


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Torafu Architects
Papabubble Lumine Est Shinjuku


We performed the interior design for papabubble, a Spanish candy artisan, which opened a small art-candy-store on a tiny 10m2 lot inside the concourse of the JR Shinjuku station. The inside of a station, with a high traffic volume, colorful signs and rows of stores lined up on a tiny strip of real estate, etc., […]


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Keikichi Yamauchi architects and associates
House-K


This two-household home for a couple with two elementary school kids and their grandmother is built in a typical residential area in Sapporo-city, Hokkaido prefecture. The first floor is for the grandmother, the second and third floors are for the family of four, and they share the entrance. This floor composition allows each family to live […]


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Fujiwarramuro architects
House in Goido


A house modeled after the city The site for this project is located in a dense residential area on a slightly recessed plot extending away from the street. The client’s requirements were for a house that would ensure a degree of privacy while also remaining well-lit, comfortable and relaxed. In terms of privacy, we decided to create a space […]


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Claesson Koivisto Rune
Ceramika


The Ceramika showroom is located in Matsumoto in the mountainous Nagano Prefecture, some 200 km northwest of Tokyo. Matsumoto is not a very big city but it is a centre of traditional crafts, such as wood, lacquerware and fabric. Oddly perhaps then that the cups and plates and bowls at Ceramika are European and not […]


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Keisuke Kawaguchi+K2-Design
Hiding Place in the Brick Storehouse


This is a residence built in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. We endearingly call it “Hiding Place”. It’s a new house that is hidden within an old, atmospheric brick storehouse which dates back to World War II. It was originally a fuel storehouse and later functioned as a work place for the father of the present client. It […]


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Fujiwarramuro architects
House at Hanoura


The building site is in a rural area of Tokushima Prefecture. Our thought was to come up with a design that brought out the clear landscape. It was the owner’s wish to have an open residence connected to the outside. The environment is such that there are so few passersby you don’t even need curtains, so […]


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Yasunari Tsukada Design
House in Takamatsu


Our client was initially inclined to build a new house. After much consideration, however, he decided to partly renovate his three-storey family house, and use it as a residence for a two-generation family. The client requested a home where he could feel the presence of his family throughout the building, while at the same time having […]


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UNStudio
GOW Nippon Moon


In 2012 UNStudio was invited by Ferris Wheel Investment to formulate a vision for the design of a Giant Observation Wheel in Japan. Due to the popularity of Ferris Wheels in Japanese culture and a potential flow of millions of tourists from South-East Asia, the project was required to have an international impact and differ […]


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Keiko Maita Architect
House M


House ‘M’ is located in a rural area surrounded by mountains in Yamaguchi-Prefecture, Japan.  The clients, a couple who used to work long hours in the busy city, wanted a quiet house in the nature in relation to the rhythm of the sun. This small house (100m2) was designed so that the clients would be […]


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Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio
House in Tamatsu


The house is designed for 4 members of a family with two kids. The house is placed at urban district and a small plot of only 43.21sqm in Osaka, Japan. Around the site is the mixed-use area where small houses, small factories, and small office buildings coexist together without any harmony. The client’s former house, which […]


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