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Matsunami Mitsutomo Architect & Associates
Residence in Kishigawa


The owner of the house is a Sushi chef from Wakayama. Dressed in coveralls most of his spare time, he is a big car lover and a mature man who enjoys both his work and hobby. With masculine clarity, his wishes for a new house were to view from the interior his parked car in […]


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Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
AMA House


As the site is surrounded by rice fields, we planned “a small house” that the idyllic atmosphere and landscape. The entire volume of the house was first divided into individual rooms, their each concept were finally linked together taking account of factors such as connection of garden and room, entrance of light, ventilation, flow line […]


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MoNo / Fumiaki Nagashima + Mami Maruoka Nagashima
Molecular Cluster


This was an installation art work which was exhibited in Berrick Hall, one of old western-style houses and local authorized historical architectures, as a formal program of the 5th Yamate Art Festival. With its unique history of residential area for outsider people since about 150 years ago, Yamate in Yokoha-ma is an area which promotes […]


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Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Ogaki House


This residential house is introduced from the ambient surrounding and the conditions of site planning. In winter seasons, the strong west wind (the fall wind of Ibuki) blows in this area. So it is the plan of suppressing the load of the building by extending its roof up to the close to the ground soil […]


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Matsunami Mitsutomo Architect & Associates
Residence in Kamikawaraya


Goodness of sunshiny and openhearted atmosphere-making. It designed in daytime so that sunlight might enter the house all the year round even if the lighting was not used. The light that entered from a big window of the second floor brightly shines on the door of the first floor through void. Because time in madam’s […]


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Matsunami Mitsutomo Architect & Associates
Residence in Matsugaoka


Because it was enclosed by other houses, a small house was designed to make the blank on the site. The terrace having been surrounded by the wall so as not to see the inside from other houses was designed. Because the level of ground has fallen, I can enjoy the view of the Satsuki Mountain […]


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Kohki Hiranuma Architect & Associates
Space Lab


Thinned materials from forests are, now, an environmental issue as the result that human beings destroyed the balance of nature. Our trial realizes pavilion architecture only by using wasted thinned materials in experimental small scale. This “azumaya” (arbor or folly in English) architecture of today, consist of minimum required function and experimental space, shows the […]


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EASTERN design office
Mountain and Opening House


This building is a design room for a Japanese sneaker brand, Dragon Beard, as well as a residential house. The site is in Takarazuka-city of Hyogo Prfecture. It is located in an exclusive residential district that commands an entire view of the Osaka Plain. The architecture is built on the slope of a hill with […]


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Matsunami Mitsutomo Architect & Associates
Residence in Nabari


This house is for single young family client, locates on stepping site next to their parents-family’s house. Clients’ wish for this new house was “Like Japanese old houses, many layers of borders between inside and outside, space gives feeling of looseness and closeness with surrounding nature”. “Rooms lightened under a clear sky, dark under a […]


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Zaha Hadid Architects
Neil Barrett Flagship Store


Our concept for the Neil Barrett fl agship store in Tokyo is based on the minimal cut of the brand`s fashion design and parallels its approach in usingthe same design parameters of fi xed points, folding, pleating and cut outs. Rather than defi ning a single room or space, our design creates a circularpassage allowing […]


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Matsunami Mitsutomo Architect & Associates
Residence in Tsuruhara


An extended family‘s house is rebuilt to the house for family of two. This house is not a clean LDK classification. The centre of the house was designed as the over for people to gather , and the room arrangement was made with, this as the center in mind careful consideration was given to the […]


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Jun Igarashi Architects
Rectangle of light


Between Nature and Art There’s just some Light. It seems that it is artificial as well as it is natural. But still, an absolute existence… The parcel is located in the north of a city named Sapporo, where the housing block is split like a grid. Surrounded by 3 buildings, a tiny parcel that contains […]


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Matsunami Mitsutomo Architect & Associates
Residence in Houryuji


This house was built 40 years ago and its condition had shown deterioration at various parts. The client commissioned us to remodel the existing cold, dark Japanese-style room, the breakfast‐kitchen and the drowing room, and renew the outdated building equipments. The client’s requests was: 1) Large living room so that independent family members can get […]


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Suppose Design Office
House in Fukawa


The house is placed at suburbs in Hiroshima, and designed for 4 members of a family with two kids. Because there are a lot of traffics around the area, we considered the house, which is closed from outside as much as possible but still keep its space open without any pressure of the separation from […]


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Influential architects, Part 9
Tadao Ando


See why Tadao Ando does more with less than any other architect in the world…


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Suppose Design Office
House in Egota


This is a renovation project of a house in Egota, which is a third floor- apartment in old steel construction. Before, the 1st and 2nd floor was for rental, and the third floor was for an owner of the building. Each floor has the own entrance and exit, and they all have different floor plans. […]


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Influential architects, Part 2


Learn how Shin Takamatsu‘s work is a lot like Baroque architecture after the Renaissance. His work is unusual, inventive, expressive and essentially an example of modern day Japanese mannerism.


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Hiroshi Kuno + Associates
Kumagai House


In an Japanese ordinary residential district, we designed an architecture with a scale that is distinctively different from the conventional two-story houses in the surroundings. In a scale somewhere in between architecture and landscape, Kumagai House, advances the new form of house in conventional Japanese residential areas, creating a new environment and new living experience. […]


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Mount Fuji Architects Studio
Tree house


This house for a couple is built in a residential area on a gentle hill in the northern Tokyo. The site is located at the top of a hill connected with a narrow path leading to the actual building lot. The ground level is gradually climbing higher from edge of the site. Although the site […]


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Mount Fuji Architects Studio
Secondary Landscape


Assignment to produce a creative saloon for prospective beauty-experts on the roof of 40 (or more)-year-old building located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. The roof was irregularly-shaped in accordance with building regulation. And on it, many kinds of equipment are scattered at random. What we did was roughly covering the roof with tough plates of western red […]


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