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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.

The evolution of MUJI House

The Evolution of MUJI House Mujirushi ryohin (known as MUJI outside Japan) was founded in Tokyo in 1980, aspiring to ...
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Shigeru ban projects in progress: La Seine Musicale

As the name of the exhibition suggests, Shigeru Ban’s “Projects in Progress” focused on ongoing projects, rather than completed ones. It ...
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MUJI “Wood House” model home in Kanagawa, Japan

MUJI "Wood House" model home in Kanagawa, Japan The “Tiny house” is going mainstream.  That was one of the main ...
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The MOMAT Exhibition: The Japanese House – Architecture and Life after 1945 –

If you are interested in Japanese architecture, design or aesthetics, you should check out the landmark exhibition  “The Japanese House: ...
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In-depth report: “Projects in Progress” by Shigeru Ban

Japanese architect and Pritzker award-laureate Shigeru Ban's contribution to sustainability is unparalleled. He is renowned for his extensive and innovative ...
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MUJI Hut: tiny house dissolving into the environment

MUJI Hut: tiny house dissolving into the environment In the previous article, I identified “small,” “agile,” ”mobile,” and ”temporary” as ...
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Yoshino Cedar House x Airbnb: True sharing enabled by “people”

Yoshino Cedar House is a partnership between Airbnb and Yoshino Town, Nara, Japan. Yoshino is famous for the Yoshino sugi ...
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Beauty of ambiguous architecture: Sou Fujimoto

Sou Fujimoto is the Japanese architect who designed many iconic projects, including the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. His ...
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Rental Space Tower by Sou Fujimoto (2): House Vision 2016

The Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto is a master of “ambiguity.” He challenges our simplified version of dualism – two elements ...
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Kengo Kuma: Our cities need to “ferment”

In his book “自然な建築: Natural Architecture“ (Iwanami Publishing, 2008),  Kuma describes the worlds’ perception towards Japanese architecture.  “Having worked and ...
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Japanese architects on “natural materials”

Japanese architecture is often associated with natural materials or design that focuses on natural elements.  How do Japanese architects think ...
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Open House with Condensed Core: House Vision 2016

IKEA’s “Better Shelter” has been awarded the Beazley Design of the Year award, presented by the Design Museum in London ...
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Tadao Ando: The Row House of Sumiyoshi (1976)

The “Row House of Sumiyoshi” is one of Ando’s most famous works, one of his earliest designs, it made him ...
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Shou sugi ban, primitive-modern architectural material

Shou sugi ban, or 焼き杉 (yaki-sugi, or burnt cedar), is a traditional Japanese method to burn the surface of cedar ...
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Yoshino-sugi Cedar House : Go Hasegawa x Airbnb

Airbnb started listing the Yoshino Cedar House, in Yoshino-cho, Nara, Japan, starting in January of 2017.  It is Airbnb's first attempt to ...
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Re-defining the future of living: House Vision 2016

House Vision is an exhibition/forum, created in Japan in 2013, to “re-define urban living,” as a central and most advanced ...
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Shigeru Ban: Connecting nature and human through natural disaster (2)

His enterprise to help earthquake victims continued.  In 1999, he went to Turkey.  There again, Ban worked with local paper ...
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Shigeru Ban: Connecting nature and human through natural disaster

Zero> Zero and Technology> Zero and Architecture > Japanese Architects Zero and Sustainability> Sustainable Architecture Natural disasters have been shaping ...
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“Great Transformation of Architecture”: Toyo Ito and Sustainable Architecture

Natural disasters have been shaping architecture, as Kengo Kuma points out in his book “Small Architecture (小さな建築).”  Every time devastating ...
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Zero perspectives in “Small Architecture” by Kengo Kuma

While Kengo Kuma is an accomplished architect, he is also an extraordinary author. He does an excellent job of reminding ...
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Tanada Terrace Office: MUJI x Atelier Bow-Wow House Vision 2016

Tanada Terrace House by MUJI x Atelier Bow-Wow Zero> Zero and Technology> Zero and Architecture > Japanese Architects> House Vision> ...
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Grand Third Living: Kengo Kuma x Toyota House Vision 2016

Electric vehicles (EVs) have become a symbol of clean technology. Elon Musk, the founder of Telsa and SolarCity, often describes ...
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Rental Space Tower by Sou Fujimoto: House Vision 2016

The Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto is a master of "ambiguity." He challenges simple dualism: natural vs. artificial, nature vs. architecture, ...
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Woodgrain House: House Vision 2016

Japanese cypress, or hinoki, has been considered “the king of wood” in Japanese traditional architecture. Horyuji, the world’s oldest surviving ...
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Hiragana-No Spiral House: Yuko Nagayama x Panasonic

Remember the fable “The Three Little Pigs?” It is a story about three piggy brothers, where each builds a house ...
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