MAY

Pure transparency: Tea house by Tokujin Yoshioka

Glass tea house by Tokujin YoshiokaThe idea for a fully glazed traditional Japanese tea house came about in 2002, and the design was presented nine years later. Since then the project has been realised, with the tea house recently being unveiled to the public.

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NOV

Muji: Getting the most out of a tiny plot

All photos: Muji

All photos: Muji

The Japanese Muji design label enjoys success with its minimalist products all over the world. Now the first  Muji prefab house has been completed in Tokyo.

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SEP

Niu house by YYAA

 

Front of house.

Photos: Yohei Sasakura.

YYAA the Japanese architects responsible for the design of the Niu house applied a simple logic to its organisation of space based on two categories of usage: those with “free use” such as living spaces which are manifest as a white volume, and those with specific functions such as the bathrooms, bedrooms and a sound proof studio. These areas are manifest as a black volume.

The two volumes were then placed on the site with black volume nearest the road and the white volume set back from it. Where the volumes meet a small courtyard is created to provide light and air to the centre of the building. Read more

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NOV

Niizeki Studio’s ATM building

ATM building designed by Niizeki Studio. Photo: Niizeki Studio

ATM building designed by Niizeki Studio. Photo: Niizeki Studio

The ATM building by Niizeki Studio is designed as a black box, cantilevered and opened to one side only to focus on the panoramic view below. Read more

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NOV

Be-Fun Design: Cycling House

Cycling House designed by Be-Fun Design. Photo: Masaya Yoshimura

Cycling House designed by Be-Fun Design. Photo: Masaya Yoshimura

The Cycling House by Be-Fun Design makes a tight bend to make room for entrances to eight apartment units.

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