• Tag: tokyo


    So Hot Right Now // Translucent Buildings Made of Glass.

    6th June

    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?



    Daylight House by Takeshi Hosaka Architects // Yokohama, Tokyo.

    3rd December

    And so my obsession with all things Japanese continues. How’s a girl to move on when Japan keeps smashing out so much boundary pushing and obscenely beautiful work? This particular one deviates so far from my Western understanding of family living, it’s hard not to be both bewildered and amazed. Plus the ceiling has kindly given my eyeballs a nice little joy ride…



    Tama Art University Library by Toyo Ito // Tokyo, Japan.

    19th November

    Toyo Ito’s library at Tama Art University is comprised of a series of concrete arches. The arches, which are of varying span lengths, are arranged in an irregular patterns driven by the slope of the surrounding landscape. The arches intersect to form slender, loosely cruciform columns which ever so gently connect with the earth. The purity of the idea permeates both inside and out, with the irregular rhythm of the arches marching across the facade. Where are the services? Who knows. The concrete ceiling is largely uncluttered, with the exception of a series of halo pendants floating between the arches…



    Cloudscapes by Tetsuo Kondo Architects at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

    11th October

    Tetsuo Kondo Architects created a small bank of clouds in the Sunken Garden of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. 
The clouds billow softly in a compact, transparent container and can be seen from the entrance hall, exhibition galleries, outdoor plaza, and other parts of the museum. This project is, in effect, an experiment in creating a new type of architectural space, one that achieves integration in engagement with its environment…



    Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects // Tokyo, Japan.

    9th August

    Jo Nagasaka is a Osaka-born Tokyo-based architect who established Schemata Architects in 1998. In 2007, he started a collaborative office called HAPPA which combines a gallery and a shop with other facilities. Among his works are a series of beautiful projects spanning residential, retail, workplace and installations. Like many of his contemporaries, the work of Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects is all about pure forms, reduced palettes and that certain gentle, raw and unfinished aesthetic only the Japanese designers seem to know how to pull of so brilliantly. Here is a selection of some of my favourite projects…



    Night Stroll Through Streets of Tokyo by Tao Tajima [TV].

    15th July

    Animated short film by Japanese filmmaker Tao Tajima was shot around the streets of Tokyo, and later animated with the aid of motion graphics.




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