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Japanese architects often rely on unique approaches that blend solid mathematical logic that regulates architecture and undefinable ambiguities that reside in nature. You will find unique collisions of seemingly opposing concepts from which unexpected harmony and beauty emerges.

Big ambition from a small island: Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari

The Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari is located on a small, historic island called 大三島 (Omishima), Ehime Prefecture, which ...
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Less is more economy

As one of the most influential architects in modern history, Mies van der Rohe (1866 – 1969) helped define modern ...
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Kengo Kuma: A LAB for materials – Metal

The Wuxi Vanke Location: Wuxi, China Design: 2010 - 2012   Construction: 2012 - 2014 The Beijing Quianmen Location: Beijing, ...
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Kengo Kuma: A LAB for materials – Earth

If traditional Japanese paper exists ambiguously between solid and liquid, earth belongs to the world of solid, liquid and gas ...
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Kengo Kuma Exhibition: a LAB for materials

Kengo Kuma’s exhibition “くまのもの -- 隈研吾とささやく物質、かたる物質 (a LAB for materials)” is being held at the Tokyo Station Gallery from March ...
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Kengo Kuma Exhibition: A LAB for materials – Bamboo

In his book “自然な建築 (Natural Architecture, Iwanami Publishing, 2008),” Kuma remembers how he enjoyed playing in bamboo woods when he ...
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Kengo Kuma Exhibition: a LAB for materials – Stone

”Stone was not my material of choice for long time because it is heavy, solid and cold,” says Kengo Kuma ...
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Kengo Kuma Exhibition: A LAB for materials – Wood

Kengo Kuma says that German architect/theorist Gottfried Semper (1803 – 1879) had a very keen eye to recognize that the ...
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Kengo Kuma Eshibition: A LAB for materials – Paper

As an expert on wood, Kengo Kuma demonstrates the unique distinction between wood and paper, a product made from wood ...
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Kengo Kuma Exhibithion: A LAB for materials – Chashitsu (tea room)

Kengo Kuma often likens his architecture to clothing. Countering the strong and divisive modern architecture represented by concrete and steel, ...
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Kengo Kuma Exhibithion: A LAB for materials – Mushizuka (Mound for Insects)

Architecture is a medium that connects small and fragile human bodies with the vast and overwhelming expanse of nature. But ...
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Kengo Kuma Exhibition: a LAB for materials – The Stone Museum

The story about Kengo Kuma and the Stone Museum is fascinating. In his book “自然な建築 (Natural Architecture)”, he admits that ...
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Hiroshige’s ukiyo-e through the lens of Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 – 1959) is one of the most prominent architects in modern history, but he was also ...
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Toyo Ito and “Home for All” (Minna no ie) – Can People Shape Architecture?

Image above: The Japanese Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 Image by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra via CC BY 2.0 Architect ...
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Chapter 3-5: MUJI House – Edit your own life style

In the previous post, we reviewed the Tai-an, a 3.6 square-meters rustic tea hut (chashitsu) designed by Sen no Rikyu ...
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House Vision 2016

House Vision is an exhibition/forum initiated in 2013 by Japanese leading graphic designer Kenya Hara, who is also known for ...
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Tadao Ando: A wild beast that refuses to be tamed

Top image: The Koshino residence designed by Tadao Ando in 1981. photo by Kazunori Fujimoto via CC BY-ND 2.0 Tadao ...
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Church of the Light by Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando's "Endeavor" (Sep 27 -Dec 18, 2017), is a large-scale, special exhibit celebrating the 10th anniversary of The National ...
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Shigeru Ban: Watch Company HQ (Swatch & Omega)

Shigeru Ban won the global competition in 2103 to renovate the headquarters of Swatch and Omega in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland - ...
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The Japanese House Chapter 8: Family Critiques

A house is used to accommodate the smallest social unit: a family. Whereas each family is different, the dynamics among ...
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The Japanese House Chapter 4: House is a work of art

“A House is a work of art.” It is a famous declaration made by a maverick and legendary Japanese architect ...
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