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Construction works began on the Kengo Kuma-designed Tokyo Stadium

WA Contents • December 19, 2016 • 931

Last year, Kengo Kuma was selected as the winner of Japan National Stadium Competition, beating Toyo Ito and Zaha Hadid. The jury had selected Kuma's proposal for being ''a less-costly'' and ''greenery-rich plan''. The architect's winning-design features a roof made of wood and steel for a design that draws on traditional Japanese architecture. Now, the construction works began on the site of Tokyo Stadium and the project is expected to be comple (...)

Issei Suma completes a series of wooden-tent structures for Japan’s local community

WA Contents • December 14, 2016 • 1423

Tokyo-based architect Issei Suma has completed a cluster of wooden-tent structures in Japan to provide meal and accommodation to the elderly people in the local community. Named Jikka, each unit as 'an unembellished primitive hut' or 'holly chapel' is interlinked to each other and comprises different heights at the site.The triangular units are located in Japan's Shizuoka prefecture, the site is located at the top of the mountain ridge which to top has been cut off (...)

Takuro Yamamoto Architects completes House with 30,000 Books in Tokyo

WA Contents • November 15, 2016 • 1366

Takuro Yamamoto Architects completed new residence for two families with a large library, taking place between those two dwelling parts. Titled House with 30,000 Books, two buildings occupy 207,000 square meters area with a huge library which can store about 30,000 books for its capacity. The size of the library equals to the number of books that one small public library can store. The library space, sometimes works for bonding two families, sometimes works as a buffer space, is the co (...)

Nakagin Capsule Tower: Living in a Long Forgotten Future

WA Contents • November 5, 2016 • 2831

A team of documentary filmmakers created a short documentary about the controversial project Nakagin Capsule Tower in Shimbashi, Tokyo designed by Kisho Kurokawa. Nakagin Capsule Tower didn't get any progress about its reuse or refurbishment until now, the historical building still requires pretty much liveable amenities inside. Built in 1972, the cube-shaped units are meant to be individually detached and replaced as they age, but never were. The building has since fallen into di (...)

Schemata Architects completes Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Cafe in Tokyo with right-angled roof

WA Contents • November 5, 2016 • 1370

Schemata Architects has completed new cafe space, mixed with office, in Tokyo, Japan with right-angled roof, which creates a fifth facade between historic buildings. Jo Nagasaka, Principal of Schemata Architects, renovated on of his favorite buildings that he used to see every day. ''About nine years ago, we had co-established a shared office HAPPA across the street from the building and relocated our former office there; we employed to observe the neighborhood through the glass a (...)

Nendo’s ’Slice of Time’ exhibition was made of a transparent clock-like empty-shell

WA Contents • October 31, 2016 • 1438

Nendo presented its new site-specific exhibition 'Slice of Time' for the Italian luxury watchmaker Panerai. Nendo's design is inspired by the concept of time and by the interaction between time and design. Set within Spiral Gallery, the exhibition was made of a transparent 'empty-shell' like clock that offers condensed characteristics of the Panerai brand, which consists of hour markers using one-stroke numerals and square-shaped cases.Image © Takumi Ota & (...)

Nendo’s 3D-printed sketchy objects create pure outlines of a paper exhibited at Creation Gallery

WA Contents • October 26, 2016 • 1540

Japanese design studio Nendo created a series of 3D-printed objects, derived from pure outlines of a paper without actually using paper itself. Nendo's new visual exploration searches for new forms of paper as a new medium to express their ideas. Exhibited at Tokyo's Creation Gallery G8, Nendo wanted to work with paper but approach it from a different angle.Animation by Yusuke Fujikawa (Fuji Television Network, Inc.)Image © Takumi OtaNamed Un-printed material, the studio worked bo (...)

Jun Murata renovates small room of collective housing in Osaka with minimal green fixtures

WA Contents • October 13, 2016 • 1742

JAM, led by Jun Murata, has renovated a small room of collective housing in Osaka, Japan with minimal touches by using green fixtures, white-furnitures and simple texture. Named Small Room/Small Green, the house is filled with natural light and refreshing wind going through the inside. Flowing clouds and flying birds are reflected on the glossy floor. As time has passed, this white space is dyed by various color of sky. Murata used several handmade flowerpots, made of concrete are displayed (...)

Paulo Mendes da Rocha wins 2016 Praemium Imperiale Prize

WA Contents • September 14, 2016 • 2349

Acclaimed Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been named the architecture laureate of the 2016 of the 28th Praemium Imperiale Arts Prize, which were announced in Tokyo, New York, London, Paris, Rome and Berlin.Although nearly 90, Brazilian Architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha does not look his age – he looks much younger – and his creativity and energy show no signs of waning. Paulo Mendes da Rocha is a well-known Brazilian architect with his emblematic, modest but sc (...)

Archi-Depot Museum dedicated to architecture models opens in Tokyo

WA Contents • September 13, 2016 • 1932

Archi-Depot, the only museum in Japan that specializes in architectural models, with a unique attempt of combining “exhibition” and “preservation” has opened at Warehouse Terrada in Tennoz, Tokyo. The museum opened its doors to the public on June 18, aiming to inherit and spread Japanese architectural culture with a focus on architectural models.Archi-Depot is a museum with a unique concept of “storing and preserving models under the best environment while (...)

Classical ambiance of this restaurant changed with numerous folded aluminium flowers in Japan

WA Contents • August 30, 2016 • 2649

Multiple-folded aluminium materials were hanged from the ceiling of the new restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, creating a bold, chaotic and dark space at first sight. But, this characteristic restaurant, bar or event space emerges from its distinctive implementation of the materials, colour and use. Designed by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects, the designers use a single finite material-aluminum-as a simple planar surface from which the studio created an engaging three-dimensional space that fulfil (...)

Japanese Okinawa restaurant promotes the local tradition with its masonry craftsmanship and cuisine

WA Contents • August 29, 2016 • 2229

Itoman Gyomin Shokudo is a new restaurant that supports and promotes the local tradition and culture of Japan with its highly-stylistic 'masonry craftsmanship'-reflected onto its architecture and cuisine. Designed by Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop, the low-rise structure was built by being used a local Ryukyu limestone, which was covered in the whole facade of the building. This local restaurant, located in Itoman, was constructed as part of a "masonry workshop" organized b (...)

Moriyuki Ochiai Architects combines milky and forested tones with energetic patterns in MOMOM shop

WA Contents • August 28, 2016 • 2811

MOMOM is a new shop and restaurant which flows in the interior with its curvaceous energetic patterns -mixed with the colours of milk and forest surrounding the farm on which milk cows are raised. Designed by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects, the interior of the shop completed in 2015 and presents a glamorous, natural and toy-like interior as if it was threw from a house-game. MOMOM store includes the company's own dairy farm, featuring products, such as dairy products, sweets and bread, mad (...)

A two-story Japanese house transformed into an amorphous Kindergarten by MAD Architects

WA Contents • August 23, 2016 • 4636

MAD Architects have completed their first project in Japan, the Clover House kindergarten. Located in the small town of Okazaki, the school's setting boasts views of the paddy fields and mountains, characteristic of the Aichi Prefecture. The kindergarten was originally operated out of the old family home of siblings Kentaro and Tamaki Nara, which soon became too small and unfit for expanding their educational goals. The siblings desired to create a modern educational institut (...)

This ill-shaped house was made up of a 100% recyclable concrete in Tokyo by TEKUTO

WA Contents • August 21, 2016 • 9069

R·torso·C is an ill-shaped, sharp-edged Japanese house designed by Japanese architecture firm TEKUTO. The house was designed for special clients, who are a married couple both working in the field of chemistry, sharing a passion for architecture and art. Covering an area of 66-square-meters, the house aimed to utilize natural materials and the natural environment as basic design approach.''We want to see exposed concrete finish inside and out. A distinctive piec (...)

Shigeru Ban Architects combines Vin Sante restaurant with N House at the prominent corner of Tokyo

WA Contents • August 21, 2016 • 3323

Shigeru Ban Architects has completed its new wooden 3-storey building in Tokyo, Japan. The building is located at the prominent corner of Tokyo street, which introduces a low-rise, simple but very materialistic house combined with restaurant. This restaurant and residential building is a 3-storey wooden structure built along a walkway with cherry blossom trees. Columns and beams of large sectional laminated timber are rigidly joint in X,Y,Z direction, which enables to make wide opening (...)

Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP completed a bulbous-formed Start Today Tokyo Office with green infill

WA Contents • August 19, 2016 • 4763

Tokyo-based architecture firm Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP completed its Start Today Tokyo Office with green infill in Tokyo. A series of transparent and bulbous-formed boxes cover a 1,500 square-meter office where the personnel of four group companies specialized in IT business system architecture gather to work in one space. Since more group companies are expected to participate and the number of personnel continually varies for each company, the studio choses a one-room space for (...)

Rent Muji’s Window House for two years and for free! (But you will be monitored)

WA Contents • August 16, 2016 • 2322

The minimalist life style brand Muji offers its new test-model house for two-year residency for free in Kamakura, Japan. If you want to live Muji's prefab house, Muji's house is fully-furnished and including all Muji's home appliances and products that you need, but you will be monitored to provide a feedback about how people live in its prefab space. Without surveillance cameras, the monitoring process consists of talking to staff and filling out questionnaires about the experien (...)

Sou Fujimoto’s Naoshima Pavilion explores different spatial experiences with its irregular topography

WA Contents • August 10, 2016 • 3772

It is not an empty white box to watch, roll down, or investigate different innovative materials over its blurred structure, especially in the daytime. Sou Fujimoto's polyhedral Naoshima Pavilion is located on the Kagawa shoreline in Japan with its obscure silhouette. On the pool side of Naoshima, renowned as an island of art and architecture, Fujimoto designed a small public space where a variety of people including local residents and tourists, can relax, which was created as part of (...)

Airbnb unveils first building Yoshino Cedar House in Japan as part of Samara

WA Contents • August 4, 2016 • 3724

World-renowned home-rental website Airbnb co-founder and CPO Joe Gebbia, announced the creation of Samara, a multidisciplinary innovation and design studio within Airbnb. Conceived with the support of co-founders Brian Chesky and Nathan Blecharczyk, Samara will bring together design and engineering experts from Airbnb to create new ideas and build new services that support the Airbnb community.Image © Edward CarusoAs a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Gebbia has always be (...)