Photo credits: Japan Architects.
Chain mail, an essentially Medieval form of armour, is the inspiration behind this installation at the Nihon University of Science and Technology in Tokyo. Read more
Photos: Scott Norsworthy.
The announcement a few days ago that the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, perhaps the richest and most coveted in architecture, will go to Toyo Ito was greeted with something approaching inevitability in most quarters.
With the glamour and hype surrounding such an announcement, it is sometimes easy to overlook the real qualities of less well known buildings that form the body of a distinguished career’s work. Often it is these works that form the solid platform upon which the more famous projects are built. Read more
Photos: Hiroshi Ueda.
Set close to the scared Mount Fuji in Japan is the Skyward house designed by Kazuhiko Kishimoto.
The cabin is a simple affair from the exterior. Clad in red cedar and glazing it looks modest in the steeply sloping topography of its site. That is the way it is designed to be, completely subservient to its surroundings. Read more
When young architects and interior designers first enter practice, they often despair when they are put on “bog duty” that is when they are called upon to design the tile layouts of the WCs adhering to the doctrinal position that tiles should never be cut! It is tiresome to untrained minds because it means drawing every tile and stop bead usually at twice real scale. It is rigorous training and repetitive, … “and well, it is only the bathroom”. So much to learn!
It soon dawns however, that time in the bathroom well spent, and in the hands of masters, this extraordinary vision of how bathrooms could be has emerged. Read more
Photos: Kai Nakamura.
This small family house is conceived around a very simple idea: to frame a particular view. The architects, mA-style, have taken this idea, and from it developed an exciting and bold form that has just a hint of Corbusian monocular vision in its powerful sculptural arrangements.