Posts tagged as 'Japan'

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)

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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)

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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…)

Fri 4.5.

House in Kaijin by fuse-atelier (JP)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 04.05.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

House in Kaijin by fuse-atelier; photo courtesy of the architects

Located in a densely built-up centre of Funabashi, northwestern Chiba Prefecture, this sombre, minimalist residence was developed by a a Japanese architectural practice fuse-atelier in 2010. Supported by a reinforced concrete structure, the three storey 91-square-meters house comprises a large and airy open-plan living room and kitchen area, a light-flooded bathroom, as well as an office space and an adjacent outdoor terrace. (more…)

'IN-EI' lighting collection by Issey Miyake for Artemide

The acclaimed Japanese fashion designer and recent Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2012 awards winner Issey Miyake has applied his trademark, ingenious 132 5 pleating technique to this new series of delicate textile lamps manufactured by the Italian brand Artemide. Called ‘IN-EI’ – Japanese for ‘shadow, shadiness, nuance’ – the collection comprises floor, table and pendant lamp designs, all of which were created using 2 or 3D mathematic principals (just like the 2010 132 5 clothing collection). Made of reclaimed PET bottle fibre, the lamps can be folded flat and become 3D shapes, starting from a single piece of cloth.

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