Category Archives: Architecture

“Hotel apartment” by Ryohei Tanaka

G architects studio’s Ryohei Tanaka designed a “hotel apartment” in Azabujuban, Tokyo. Here are the texts from the architect studio. Concept: This unique apartment is located in the very heart of Tokyo, inside a low-rise apartment complex, one block from a major highway. The client had been searching for a convenient location in central Tokyo and found this thirty-seven year old apartment located in the attic of the building complete with long, sloping ceilings and a raw interior. The sloped ceilings have been converted into a skylight allowing in natural sunlight with a wonderful unobstructed view of the city. Since this apartment is to be used for accommodation purposes, we … Continue reading

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Petition against Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Pritzker lauretes Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki have launched a petition against the construction of new Tokyo Olympic Stadium, which is to be designed by Zaha Hadid. It was originally initiated by a renowned anthropologist Shin-ichi Nakazawa, and Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki have joined the protest. They have pointed out the fact that 1) the selection process is unclear, 2) the construction process is unclear, 3) the excessive cost, and 4) neglecting the historic environment. Ito and Maki have proposed an alternative plan which is to renovate the existing stadium. The cost of the renovation is estimated to be less than half the cost of building the Olympic stadium.

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Sou Fujimoto Sketchbook

In his personal sketchbook Sou Fujimoto offers insights into his design process. Through the sketches, drawings, and notes readers can trace how his complex concepts are made manifest and develop on paper. SOU FUJIMOTO, born in Hokkaido, Japan, in 1971, established his architectural practice Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. In 2008, he was World Architecture Festival winner in the Private House category, and was awarded a RIBA International Fellowship in 2012. Recently he completed the new library and museum for the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. Available at Japanese design shop.

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Toyo Ito is the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

Toyo Ito, a 71 year old architect whose architectural practice is based in Tokyo, Japan, will be the recipient of the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize. It was announced today by Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation which sponsors the prize. Ito is the sixth Japanese architect to become a Pritzker Laureate – the first five being the late Kenzo Tange in 1987, Fumihiko Maki in 1993, Tadao Ando in 1995, and the team of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa in 2010.

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Aluminum-framed cafeteria by Masatomo Kojima

Tokyo based architect Masatomo Kojima created an aluminum-framed cafeteria called ROKU, where you can watch a boat racing event from the windows. It is a modular system and possible to move around each piece in order to match the size of interiors. The project was commissioned by the Japanese boat racing association. Photo©Kai Nakamura

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Shohei Shigematsu’s lecture at Harvard

Japanese architect Shohei Shigematsu held a lecture ‘Designing an Institute for Performance Art’ at Harvard.

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Kengo Kuma’s proposal images for Albert Kahn – Musée et Jardins

Kengo Kuma & Associates won the first prize for the competition “Albert Kahn – Musée et Jardins”. The museum, located in Boulogne-Billancour, just outside Paris, showcases gardens around the world including Japanese gardens. The renovation work will start in 2015. It is expected to be completed by 2017.

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Zaha Hadid to design New Stadium Japan

Japan Sport Council announced today that Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected to design New Stadium Japan. “The streamlined design expresses the speed and dynamism of sports, and it also takes an advantage of the great environment-related technologies available in Japan”, the chairman of the jury Tadao Ando says.

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New National Stadium Japan

Eleven potential designs for Japan’s new national stadium were made public. The eleven finalists include Japanese firms such as Azusa Sekkei Co Ltd, Toyo Ito & Associates, SANAA + Nikken Sekkei Ltd, and Mitsuru Man Senda and Environment Design Institute. The conditions of the competition, chaired by Tadao Ando, are the followings: 1) Design a stadium for 80,000 seats, 2) Have an operable roof, 3) Be environmentally efficient, 4) Complement the surrounding landscape, 4) Allow for smooth traffic, 5) Be up and ready by 2018 to host the Rugby World cup in 2019. The winners of the competition will be chosen on November 15th. For more information:

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Architecture for dogs

Japanese architect Kenya Hara, also known as the creative director of Muji, curated the project “Architecture for dogs”, and international architects and designers participated in it. The design templates will be available at on November 15th, and dog owners can download them.

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