Posts tagged as 'Japan'

Mon 24.9.

Bird-Apartment treehouse by Nendo (JP)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 24.09.2012 - Tagged as: , ,

Bird-Apartment treehouse by Nendo; photo by Masaya Yoshimura

Famous for their out of the ordinary works, the acclaimed Japanese design and architectural practice Nendo have realised this collective birdhouse intended for use by birds and humans alike. Designed for Momofuku Ando Center – ‘a facility devoted to promoting and increasing access to nature activities’ – the unique structure formally echoes the archetypal gabled house and is composed of 78 enclosures provided for birds to nest in as well as an adjacent one-room observation area.

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Le49 by Apollo Architects & Associates; photo by Masao Nishikawa

Japanese architectural practice APOLLO Architects & Associates have realised this single family two-storey house located on Mount Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture. Featuring a striking, pentagonal roof and floor-to-ceiling windows boasting panoramic views of Sagami Bay, the 180-square-meters residence was completed in December 2011. (more…)

Mon 23.7.

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Centre by Kengo Kuma and Associates (JP)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 23.07.2012 - Tagged as: , ,

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Centre by Kengo Kuma and Associates; photo by Takeshi Yamagishi

Tokyo-based Kengo Kuma and Associates architectural practice have recently completed this multilayered culture and tourism centre located in Asakusa district, Taitō, Tokyo. Realised as a mixed-use venue intended to ‘accommodate plural programs such as tourist information centre, conference room, multi-purpose hall and an exhibition space,’ the building is composed of eight separate layers which not only divide the structure but also determine the role of each floor. (more…)

Fri 20.7.

Outotunoie by mA-style architects (JP)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 20.07.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

Outotunoie by mA-style architects; photo by Kai Nakamura

The Japanese practice mA-style recently completed this compact, single family house located in a residential are of Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture. Composed of two, separate blocks connected by a skywalk-like, glass-clad section, the minimalist, two-storey development comprises two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen/dining area as well as the mentioned connecting space which boasts panoramic views and floods the entire house with natural light. (more…)

Outside In by Takeshi Hosaka Architects; photo by Koji Fujii, Nacasa & Partner

This airy, one-storey detached residence for a family of five was realised by a Yokohama-based architectural practice Takeshi Hosaka Architects. Featuring a minimalist interior, floor-to-ceiling windows and a characteristic, zigzagging roof, the 102-square-meters ‘Outside In’ house was completed in 2011. (more…)

Thu 28.6.

‘Inhale’ pendant lamp by Nendo for Lasvit (CZ)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 28.06.2012 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

The making of ‘Inhale’ pendant lamp by Nendo for Lasvit

The ultra-prolific Japanese design practise Nendo has collaborated with a Czech manufacturer of bespoke light fittings and glass installations Lasvit on this delicate, organically-shaped pendant light called ‘Inhale’. Owing its name to the innovatory production process, in which the form is obtained by a negative air pressure, the design was exhibited as part of Nendo’s delicate, all-white ‘Still & Sparkling’ installation during this year’s edition of Milan’s Salone del Mobile. (more…)

Wed 27.6.

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma and Associates (JP)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 27.06.2012 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma and Associates; photo by Daici Ano

Featuring a striking, rhythmic die-cast aluminium façade incorporating irregularly planted tufts of greenery, this five-storey building was completed last summer (2011) by the Tokyo-based practice Kengo Kuma and Associates. Aptly named ‘Green Cast’, the 1047-square-meters mixed-use building comprises a basement and ground-floor parking space, a clinic and a pharmacy, an office area, a vocational school as well as a two-bedroom rooftop residence. (more…)

Sugamo Shinkin Bank / Tokiwadai branch by Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design

The French-born, Japan-based architect Emmanuelle Moureaux has realised this joyful three-storey Tokiwadai branch of a Japanese Sugamo Shinkin Bank. Featuring a distinctive white façade punctured by numerous, variously-sized windows and incorporating a reoccurring theme of leaf motifs, the building aims to provide the visiting clients with ‘a natural, rejuvenating feeling.’ (more…)

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