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.

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.

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.

Natural Light House Plans

Natural Light House PlansThis natural light house plan is a must-see. We love the ever-evolving, innovative ideas behind Japanese architecture, and the Daylight House certainly strays from the usual, the expected, dare we say, the boring.

Jagged Wooden Roof Frames Museum Dedicated To Japan's Jomon Period

Jagged wooden roof frames museum dedicated to Japan's Jomon periodArchitecture studio Furuichi and Associates has completed a museum dedicated to Japan's Jōmon period, featuring a multi-faceted roofscape designed to evoke the inside of a cave.
Located in Fukushima Prefecture, the Miyahata Jōmon Museum is built over the ruins of a structure from the prehistoric era, which roughly covers the period between 12,000 and 3,000 BC.

Angular Residence By Coo Planning In Hyogo, Japan

Angular residence by Coo Planning in Hyogo, JapanIn a quiet residential area of takarazuka, a city located in japan’s hyōgo prefecture, architecture studio coo planning has completed an angular multi-storey residence on a prominent corner plot. Built into a gentle slope, the aluminum-clad building maximizes the plot’s dimensions in order to provide spacious living accommodation.