Shared living a lifestyle choice: by Naruse-Inokuma Architects.

Modes of living have varied with the age and the prevalent culture. Recent trends suggest that evermore single people will live alone in small apartments, but this is not sustainable. More interestingly, some single people are beginning to challenge this paradigm, thanks in part to popular TV shows that depict fashionable young, and even older people, enjoying this way of living.

The problem to date has been that most accommodation is converted from larger houses, but this project by Naruse-Inokuma Architects is a new build. The opportunity has therefore been given to consider what shared accommodation could actually be like. Read more

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Step Tower by EASTERN Design Office.

Photo credits: Koichi Torimura.

A small apartment block in Osaka, Japan, has been given a strong sculptural identity by virtue of its gleaming white walls, that will surely fade, and its heavily sculpted balcony slots that will not.

Taller than its immediate neighbours, at 10 stories, the building’s massing and formal strength cause it to stand – out. Interestingly, its stripped-down “moderne” language, reminiscent of the early 1930s, looks futuristic and machine like, even today. Read more

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In the round: Art gallery by aat + Makoto Yokomizo Architects.

Photo credits: aat + Makoto Yokomizo Architects.

The Japanese poet ant painter, Tomihiro Hoshino was famously injured in an accident in the 1970s that rendered him paralysed from the neck downwards. With inspiring courage, and even more inspiring skill, he continued to paint using his mouth.

In his honour, an art gallery was opened in his home village of Azuma, Japan, to display his work. The gallery became known across Japan, and soon, bigger premises were required. Eventually, after an international competition, aat + Makoto Yokomizo Architects were commissioned to design a new gallery. It was completed in 2005. Read more

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An inflatable tea house by Kengo Kuma.

The Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma has designed this inflatable building which is on show at the National Textile and Industrial Museum in Augsburge, Germany. The inflatable envelope resembles two golf balls from the outside.

Tea ceremonies will be performed in the building as well as various cultural workshops until the 17th August. Read more

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Lattice House: Tokyo, by APPOLO Architects & Associates.

Photo credits: Masao Nishikawa.

Organized on a typically narrow street front, the Lattice House has a long thin proportion. Its designer, APPOLO Architects & Associates, has given the front façade a sunscreen of timber slats. During the daytime this gives the façade a blank appearance as there is no articulation of the windows. At night, internal lights appear behind the slats giving a sense of depth to the façade. Read more

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