Who feels like a cool drink of water? I felt like I’d had one after looking at Mitsumasa Fujitsuka’s photos of this beautiful Kengo Kuma house. It’s a littler, newer, Katsura. Spare Japanese perfection, just enough brush strokes to render a completely captivating scene. Something about the way the deep eaves and deeper running-board of the house penetrate the garden gives the impression that the rooms inside and the space outside is in perfect coalescence.
Judging from the outside, House Komazawa Park is one of those places you simply wouldn’t see coming. The project is an extension of a thirty year old dwelling, nestled in a densely populated district where wooden houses sit like a compact cluster of timber frames. From the outside, House Komazawa is fragmented and appears quite small; inside, however, it is surprisingly light and spacious. Working with the existing two-storey structure, Mizuki Imamura & Isao Shinohara of miCo made it their aim to re-interpret the wooden home so common in Japan, and modify the landscape it sat in.
I don’t know about you but the thought of living inside a glass house seems just a little bit daunting. A person’s home is a sanctuary – a place where you can cut loose, be yourself, and… you know, walk around in your undies goddamit. On the other hand, there would be a few benefits to living in a glass house – seemingly endless spaces; no need to paint the walls, hang wallpaper or artwork as surrounding nature would ‘design’ all the interiors. Pretty neat idea, huh?
Aesop Kyoto store at 97 Aburaya-Cho Sanjo was created by Simplicity team under Shinichiro Ogata, drawing inspiration from many Japanese aesthetics.
Aesop Kawaramachi store in Kyoto, designed by Torafu Architects, reflects the history of the neighbourhood and aligns itself with contemporary Kyoto.
Today’s unusual post features Japanese artist Baku Maeda and his killer moustache. Based in Sapporo, an illustrator by trade, Baku Maeda expresses tremendous energy and power with his work, showing us what’s possible to achieve with humble, unassuming materials like ice and ribbon. Maeda is a classic doodler – but be sure to look between the lines here so you don’t miss a thing.