"megaphone-shaped" Holiday Home In Japan Prioritises Garden

"Megaphone-shaped" holiday home in Japan prioritises garden This holiday home by Japanese studios Taku Sakaushi Architects and OFDA has a tapered form that broadens towards a garden, but narrows where it meets a road, creating a secluded getaway in Karuizawa.
The site is hemmed on its northern edge by a street and by neighbouring properties on its other sides, so Taku Sakaushi and OFDA tried to create a design that ensures the house is not overlooked.

Japanese Retailer Muji To Open First Canadian Pop-up Store In Vancouver

Japanese retailer MUJI to open first Canadian pop-up store in VancouverMUJI is finally making its way to Vancouver—as a pop-up shop, at least.
Popular for its streamlined home, fashion, and stationery goods that forgo branding and excess packaging, the Japanese retailer has announced on its Canadian Facebook page that it will be participating in Japan Unlayered, an exhibition showcasing contemporary Japanese architecture, design, and culture at the Fairmont Pacific Rim (1038 Canada Place) from January 27 to February 28, 2017.

Japanese Architects Lend A Hand In High-tech Switzerland

Japanese architects lend a hand in high-tech SwitzerlandIn contrast to the familiar images of cows grazing in the picturesque Alps, Switzerland is also a country known for its technological innovations, in particular in such fields as civil engineering.
The nation in the center of Europe has recently, for instance, finished work on the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world's longest railway tunnel with a length of 57 kilometers, surpassing the 53.9-km-long Seikan Tunnel in Japan, which is the second longest.

New Commercial Building "ginza Place" Opens In Tokyo

New commercial building "Ginza Place" opens in TokyoA group firm of Sapporo Holdings Ltd. opened a new commercial building in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district on Saturday.
People queued up before the opening of the "Ginza Place," which houses shops and restaurants as well as showrooms of Nissan Motor Co. and Sony Corp.

New Role Eyed For Storied Palace In Kyoto's Nijo Castle

New role eyed for storied palace in Kyoto's Nijo CastleA planned makeover of historic Nijo Castle here could involve renting out the room where modern Japan came into being so international conferences can be held there.
The castle, a World Heritage site that was built in 1603 at the start of the Edo Period, played host to the last Tokugawa shogun as he handed over the reins of government to Emperor Meiji, thus ushering in the Meiji Restoration in 1868.

Quake-proof Renovation For Boj Building

Quake-proof renovation for BOJ buildingThe Bank of Japan's main building is to undergo major renovation to make it more resistant to earthquakes.
The government has designated the 120-year-old structure as an important cultural property.

Kenta Eto Completes House With Sliced-away Corner In Japan

Kenta Eto completes house with sliced-away corner in JapanThe corner appears to have been chopped off this house in Japanese city Oita, revealing a tree growing behind the building's walls (+ slideshow).
Designed by locally based architect Kenta Eto, OJI House is a two-storey residence at the junction between two roads, located in a residential neighbourhood outside the city centre.

Ashes To Concrete

Ashes to ConcreteFor this unique home, Atelier Tekuto teamed up with experts to develop an environmentally-friendly concrete made—not from sand—but volcanic ash.
The Japanese firm Atelier Tekuto has specialized in developing new construction methods in the course of designing over 200 houses. When a midcareer couple, both chemists, knocked on the firm’s door requesting “a challenging piece of architecture that is environmentally friendly,” the architects took the opportunity to invent a 100 percent renewable concrete material for the R Torso C House in Tokyo.

Commercial Complex Opens On Former Akasaka Prince Site In Tokyo

Commercial complex opens on former Akasaka Prince site in TokyoA major commercial complex of Seibu Holdings Inc., including an upscale hotel, opened Wednesday in central Tokyo on the site of the former Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.

The Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho commercial complex in Chiyoda Ward has offices, shops, restaurants and apartment units along with the 250-room hotel, The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho.

Hiroshima ‘paper Crane’ Tower Offers Vista Of A-bomb Dome

Hiroshima ‘paper crane’ tower offers vista of A-bomb domeWith scenic views overlooking the Atomic Bomb Dome, the 14-story Orizuru Tower (Paper Crane Tower) was completed on July 6 ahead of opening its observation deck next week to sightseers.
Orizuru Tower has a stunning feature--a chimney-like glass wall 4 meters by 50 meters running the height of the tower that is viewable from the building’s exterior.

Japan's Tallest Building Abeno Harukas Celebrates 5 Mil. Visitors

Japan's tallest building Abeno Harukas celebrates 5 mil. visitorsThe number of visitors to the observation deck of Abeno Harukas, the tallest skyscraper in Japan, reached 5 million Friday, thanks to increased foreign tourists, the operator of the building said.

The milestone was reached about two years and three months after the 300-meter-tall building in Osaka was opened by Kintetsu Corp. in March 2014. Visitor numbers hit 1 million in July 2014 and 3 million in May 2015.

Pyramid Architecture In Japan

Pyramid Architecture in JapanThis residential pyramid architecture in Hiroshima is as innovative inside as its facade would lead you to believe. Designed by Japanese architecture firm Suppose, this pyramidal design is almost whimsical, with a dark, dramatic aura – quite the contrast to the traditional village-style homes in the area.