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2 Jan 2018
Green Triangle – Aoyama 346, Minamiaoyama, Minato
Design: Ryuichi Sasaki + Rieko Okumura/ Sasaki Architecture
Green Triangle - Aoyama 346
photo © Koichi Torimura

Green Triangle – Aoyama 346 in Tokyo
A three-story office and retail complex in the Minami Aoyama area of Tokyo, Green Triangle—Aoyama 346 is an interplay of multiple green triangles, which articulate the liminal spaces that intermediate between the interior and the exterior of the building. The design is also a response to the client’s request to create “an urban oasis” in the very heart of the city.

20 Nov 2017
House for Four Generations
Design: tomomi kito architect & associates
House for Four Generations
photograph : Satoshi Shigeta

House for Four Generations
This is an interior renovation project of an existing two-story timber structure house in Tokyo which was built approximately 40 years ago. The clients, a young couple and the wife’s parents, were already living here before the renovation.

13 Nov 2017
Giant Bubble Installation
Design: studio ENESS
Giant Bubble Installation
photograph : Larissa LP

Giant Bubble Installation
Mori Art Museum Design recently selected installation design studio ENESS to send their giant Bubble sculpture from Melbourne to Tokyo, Japan. The audience was encouraged to “please touch” the pulsating six meter-wide sculpture, which responded to human touch and closeness with light and sound.

7 Nov 2017
R・torso・C Residence
Architects: Atelier TEKUTO
R Torso C Residence
photo : Jérémie Souteyrat、SOBAJIMA, Toshihiro

R・torso・C Residence in Tokyo
This house is located in the center of Tokyo, on a site area of mere 66 sqm. The clients are a married couple both working in the field of chemistry, sharing a passion for architecture and art.

18 Oct 2017
House in Yamanashi Prefecture
Design: Takeshi Hosaka architects
House in Yamanashi
photograph : Koji Fuji / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.

House in Yamanashi
The project was launched when I was commissioned to enlarge a house for a couple in their 30’s and their three daughters living in Yamanashi Prefecture. On my first visit there, I found the houses of one story and two stories both stand close together but that there remain some empty lots, farming fields, wooded areas and unpaved roads. I remember that the bounty and generosity of the place inspired me. My client told me that we would have the opportunity to hear beautiful sound of birds in the early mornings and to see wild pheasants, peafowl and every now and then raccoon dogs.

15 Sep 2017
Slide House, Koto Ward
Design: APOLLO Architects & Associates Co
Slide House
photography : Masao Nishikawa
Slide House in Koto Ward
This small house in a residential district in eastern Tokyo is home to a couple and their young children. The dark grey galvalume cladding blends gently into the surrounding environment, as if it has been there for many years. Because the lot sits across the street from an elementary school, the clients requested a design that ensured privacy yet was as open as possible.

31 Jul 2017
Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Design: Architect Kenzo Tange
Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Photo courtesy Japan Sport Council

Yoyogi National Gymnasium
When Japan was preparing to host the first-ever Olympic Games in Asia in the early 1960s, the state commissioned eventual Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kenzo Tange to build a pivotal venue for the event. Tange responded with the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, two elegant concrete and steel buildings that gained immediate international recognition as masterpieces of modern architecture when their doors opened in 1964.

9 Jun 2017
Perrotin Art Gallery, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Architect: Andre Fu
Perrotin Art Gallery
photography: Nacas, courtesy of Perrotin Tokyo

Perrotin Art Gallery Building
Following openings in Paris, Hong Kong, New York and Seoul, contemporary art gallery Perrotin, founded in 1989 by Emmanuel Perrotin, opened its newest gallery in Tokyo on June 7th with a solo exhibition bringing together a collection of recent paintings by 97 year old Pierre Soulages.

20 May 2017
Tropical Forest Timber at New National Stadium Tokyo
Design: Kengo Kuma & Associates
New National Stadium Tokyo winning design
image courtesy of architects

New National Stadium Tokyo Timber
Investigation required as use of plywood likely linked to tropical forest destruction and human rights abuses found at construction site of new Tokyo Olympic Stadium. Ironically the building uses a lot of wood so it can fit into the wooden context, but thereby destroying woods in Borneo, in what appears to be an unssustainable way.

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