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16 May 2024
NOT A HOTEL Setouchi, Sagi Island, Seto Inland Sea
Design: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
NOT A HOTEL Setouchi, Sagi Island, Seto Inland Sea
render : MIR
NOT A HOTEL Setouchi
The design for luxury hotelier NOT A HOTEL’s newest resort on Japan’s Sagi Island – NOT A HOTEL Setouchi – builds on the longstanding dialogue between Scandinavian and Japanese design values. The hotel weaves naturally throughout the island’s mountains, incorporating natural and local materials while promoting a connection to nature.

2 March 2024
VERTICAL RAINBOW, Tokyo
Design: SAKO Architects
VERTICAL RAINBOW in Tokyo building
photo : Koji Fujii
VERTICAL RAINBOW in Tokyo building

23 January 2024
Meeting Place of Forest, Nara
Architect: Tetsuo Kobori Architects
MORI no KAISHO Meeting Place of Forest Nara Japan
photo © Tomoyuki Kusunose
MORI no KAISHO, Meeting Place of Forest, Nara, Japan
Tetsuo Kobori Architects, Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., and Fujita Corporation proudly announce that they have won the Best of Best in the Institutional Architecture category at Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) 2023, one of the most prestigious international architecture awards in the world.

21 January 2024
See Sea Park, Ohi-town, Ohi-gun, Fukui Prefecture
Architecture: Osamu Morishita Architect and Associates
See Sea Park Fukui Japan commercial buildings
photo : Tomoki Hahakura
See Sea Park, Fukui, Japan commercial buildings
Osamu Morishita Architect and Associates present See Sea Park, a project selected in a competition held by Ohi-town in the Fukui prefecture, Japan, at the end of Summer 2019 completed in 2022. The main requirement for the proposal was to develop a location where people can innovate and develop new businesses.

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20 November 2023
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s pavilion, Yumeshima waterfront, Osaka
Design: Foster + Partners
KSA Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka Japan
image : Foster + Partners
KSA Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka
Designs for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka revealed. The pavilion building creates a spatial experience that echoes the exploration of Saudi Arabian towns and cities, provides a setting for immersive audio-visual engagement and connects visitors with the undiscovered wonders of Saudi Arabia.

5 October 2023
House in Toguchi, Kagoshima, Japan
Design: Sakai Architects
 House in Toguchi
photo : Blitz Studio
House in Toguchi

8 September 2023
Layered Office, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture
Design: NoMaDoS
Layered Office Iwate Prefecture Japan
photo : Ito Takamune Photo Office
Layered Office Iwate Prefecture
This is a plan to rebrand and renovate the headquarters of a company supporting the well-known tile projects of Morioka City buildings. Maruno Corporation has been engaged in tile projects for almost 90 years since its inception, and its headquarters building has a history of 50 years, accumulating long-term technology and history.

6 July 2023
Sumu Yakushima, Yakushima Island, Kagoshima prefecture
Design: tono Inc.
Sumu Yakushima Yakushima Island Japan
photo : Rui Nishi
Sumu Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture

12 June 2023
Ohori Terrace, Fukuoka City, Kyushu Island
Design: rhythmdesign.Ltd.
Ohori Terrace Fukuoka Japan
photo © Koichi Torimura
Ohori Terrace, Fukuok
The Ohori Terrace is a wooden building that harmonizes with Ohori park’s abundant nature so you can enjoy its view. In our minds, realizing this vision would require a clean structure.

7 June 2023
YNS / Yamaikarashi Nursery School, Nishi-ku niigata-city
Design: Takeru Shoji Architects Co
Yamaikarashi Nursery School Niigata Japan
photo © Koji Fujii(toreal)
Yamaikarashi Nursery School, Niigata
Located at the end of a winding pathway, atop of a sand dune, this single-story wooden building filled with characterful rooms and recesses provides a diverse base for children. The construction of a large childcare environment extends beyond the nursery rooms, the building, and the nursery yard, to the surrounding area as a single continuum.

6 June 2023
Knit House, Nagano
Design: UID architects
Knit House Nagano Japan
photo © Koji Fujii(toreal)
Knit House, Nagano, Japan

5 June 2023
DOGO HAKURO, Fukui
Architects: CHIASMA FACTORY
Dogo Hakuro Hotel Matsuyama Japan - Japanese architecture news
photos by Shingo Tsuji and Ryuji Shiraishi
Dogo Hakuro Hotel, Matsuyama
Located on the hilltop of the renowned Dogo hot spring area, DOGO HAKURO opened as a captivating hot spring lifestyle hotel in July 2020, following the client’s vision to revitalize his three hotels in the neighborhood.

2 Jun 2023
Y-House, Fukui
Architects: Baum
Y-House Fukui Japan - Japanese architecture news
photo : Naoki Myo
Y-House in Fukui

24 Apr 2023
Tsuchinao Shikki, Fukui
Architects: Baum
Tsuchinao Shikki Fukui Japan
photo : Naoki Myo
Tsuchinao Shikki in Fukui
An old warehouse has been renovated into a directly managed store of a company Tsuchinao Shikki that produces and sells Echizen lacquerware. Echizen lacquerware is a traditional craft made by coating lacquer over mainly in Fukui, the old name “Echizen”, Japan.

19 Jan 2023
PeacoQ House, Hiroshima
Architecture: UID Architects
PeacoQ House Hiroshima - Japanese architecture news
photo : Koji Fujii / TOREAL
PeacoQ House, Hiroshima

9 Jan 2023
Santo Shop, Numakuma-cho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture
Architecture: UID Architects
Santo Shop Hiroshima Japan - Japanese architecture news
photo : Koji Fujii / TOREAL
Santo Shop, Hiroshima
Architectural project that resembles the products manufactured by the client that encourages public participation in an industrial area. An ironworks factory, SANGYO Corporation, was established in 1951 in Kaji-cho, which translates to “blacksmith town”. Kaji-cho is in Tomonoura, Fukuyama city in Hiroshima prefecture.

8 Jan 2023
House for G, Chiba
Design: kurosawa kawara-ten
House for G, Chiba

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4 Nov 2022
Kozakai Kifukan Community Center, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Design: TSC Architects
TAKENAKA Clinic Nagoya Japan
photo : Hiroshi Tanigawa / ToLoLo studio
TAKENAKA Clinic, Nagoya
Conventionally, a hospital tends to be a space that has poor natural color or material due to artificial structure material to improve the functionally and efficiency. From our experience in designing medical facilities, the architects office strongly feel the need to provide more comfortable architectural spaces where patients can spend their time without stress.

25 Apr 2022
Kozakai Kifukan Community Center, Kozakai district of Toyokawa, Aichi
Design: Yasuyuki ITO / C+A Coelacanth and Associates
Kozakai Kifukan Community Center, Toyokawa - Japanese architecture news
photo : ToLoLo studio
Kozakai Kifukan Community Center
This core community building in the Kozakai district of Toyokawa contains a community center, library, children’s center, and city hall branch office. The design was selected in a 2017 architecture competition.

24 Mar 2022
Courtyard House, Otsu city, Shiga
Architects: design it
Courtyard House at Wani, Otsu City

22 Mar 2022
Zenbo Seinei, Awaji Island
Architect: Shigeru Ban
Zenbo Seinei Awaji Island Retreat & Restaurant - Japanese architecture news
image courtesy of architects practice
Zenbo Seinei, Awaji Island Retreat & Restaurant
In recent years, the spread of Covid-19 and the resulting restrictions on various activities, as well as rapid changes in the business landscape, have led to major shifts in people’s attitudes and values towards life and work. Amidst this, there has been a growing interest in opportunities to reassess one’s own contentment in environments rich in nature, and in lifestyles that promote physical and mental well-being.

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30 Nov 2021
Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo, Taki District, Mie Prefecture, Kansai region, Honshu
Design: Transit Branding Studio
Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo, Mie Prefecture - Japanese architecture news
photograph : Hitomi Matsuno
Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo
Located inside a luxury resort and shopping center in Mie Prefecture, this café operated by rice-koji maker Uonuma Jozo offers amazake, a sweet fermented koji drink, and other koji products.

31 Oct 2021
Hara House, Nagaoka City, Niigata
Design: Takeru Shoji Architects Co.,Ltd
Hara House, Nagaoka City, Niigata

30 Aug 2021
Sukagawa Community Center, Sukagawa City, Fukushima
Design: Unemori Architects
Sukagawa Community Center Fukushima

17 Jul 2021
House in Minohshinmachi, Osaka, Kansai region, Honshu
Design: Yasuyuki Kitamura
Minohshinmachi House, Osaka

5 July 2021
H House, Miyama, Fukui Ken
Architects: BAUM
H House, Fukui Ken

24 Mar 2021
W Hotel Osaka, 4-1-3 Minami Senba, Chuo-ku, 542-0081 Osaka
Design: Concrete
W Hotel Osaka Japan
photograph : marriott international
W Hotel Osaka

20 Mar 2021
The Clearwater Building, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Design: Seshimo Architects + Peter Hahn Associates
The Clearwater Building
photography : Junji Kojima / 45gPhotography, Aaron Jamieson
The Clearwater Building in Hokkaido

16 Mar 2021
Haus O, Abeno-ku, Osaka, Kansai, Honshu
Design: Peter Ruge Architekten
Haus O, Abeno-ku Osaka

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post updated 9 Dec 2020
Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art – exhibition news
Kyocera Museum of Art Building in Kyoto City
images courtesy of architects
Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art
The Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art building renovation project won a number of architecture and design awards, and was lauded in art and architecture journals as well as travel magazines. It has also become a popular film backdrop and its light-filled public spaces are attracting many visitors.

7 Oct 2020
Housing Complex Niigata III, Chūbu

26 Aug 2020
WORK x ation Site Karuizawa

7 Aug 2020
ACROS Centre Fukuoka

12 May 2020
Continuous Plate House 2.0 in Fukui

31 Jan 2020
M house, Katsuyama, Fukui ken
Architects: BAUM ; Lead Architects: Daisuke Kishina
M house Katsuyama, Fukui ken

8 Jan 2020
Toyota Woven City, Susono City, Shizuoka
Architect: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Toyota Woven City, Susono City, Shizuoka, Japan - Japanese architecture news
image : Squint Opera
Toyota Woven City, Susono, Shizuoka

6 Dec 2019
Kasho Gyoen Hotel Accommodation, Minami-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan
Architects: Hiramoto Design Studio
Kasho Gyoen Hotel in Hokkaido - Japanese Architecture News
photography: Koji Fujii / Nacása&Partners Inc
Kasho Gyoen Hotel in Hokkaido

18 Nov 2019
Concrete Square Tube House, Kyoto City
Architect: Eastern Design Office
Japanese Architecture News - New House in Kyoto City
photograph : Koichi Torimura
New House in Kyoto City

7 Jul 2019
Ninja Black Kyoto Hotel, centre of Kyoto
Architect: Eastern Design Office
Hotel Ninja Black in Kyoto City - Japanese architecture news
photography : Koichi Torimura, Jeffrey Friedl, Takashi Inaizumi
Hotel Ninja Black in Kyoto City
The site is located in just west of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. The area is populated with houses, small shops, apartment buildings, and hotels.

17 Apr 2019
Australia House, Niigata Prefecture
Design: Andrew Burns Architecture
Australia House in Niigata Prefecture - Japanese architecture news
photography: Brett Boardman
Australia House, Niigata Prefecture
Set in the ‘snow country’ of Niigata Prefecture Japan, Andrew Burns Architecture has completed a gallery, studio and atelier, creating a setting for production and exhibition of work by Australian artists in collaboration with local community.

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11 Aug 2018
Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel Restoration, Niigata Prefecture, north west Japan
Tunnel of Light 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale by MAD Architects
photo : Nacasa & Partners Inc.
Tunnel of Light 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale
MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has completed the restoration of the Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in Japan’s Niigata prefecture. The revitalization project sees the installation of several permanent artistic spaces along the historic lookout tunnel, with the intention of bringing back the cultural energy that once empowered the region.

30 Apr 2018
Archasm Tokyo (Anti) Library Architecture Contest
Archasm Tokyo Anti Library Competition - Japanese architecture news
image courtesy of architecture contest organisers
Japanese Architecture Design Competition 2018
Japan and its people have been at the forefront of a digital revolution since the past four or five decades. The country has long existed between two realms. On the one hand, we have the traditional “old world” of temples, tea ceremonies and calligraphic cherry blossoms.

Japanese Architecture News 2017

15 Nov 2017
The Clearwater Building, Niseko, Hokkaido, Northern Japan
Design: Seshimo Architects + Peter Hahn Associates
The Clearwater Building - Japanese architecture news
photography : Junji Kojima / 45gPhotography, Aaron Jamieson
The Clearwater Building in Hokkaido
This vacation home on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido sits on a bluff with a view of Mt. Yotei (also called Ezo Fuji for its resemblance to Mt. Fuji), overlooking a river that meanders slowly along the base of the mountain. The structure cantilevers out over the bluff as if to float amidst the surrounding nature. Its name, The Clearwater, is derived from the pure snowmelt from Mt. Yotei that flows in the river below.

30 Oct 2017
Private Resort XIV Toba Bettei, Arashima, Toba City, Mie
Design: NIKKEN SPACE DESIGN LTD
Private Resort XIV Toba
photo : Nacása & Partners Inc.
Private Resort XIV Toba Bettei in Ise-Shima
These guest rooms were designed as part of an annex to a membership resort hotel in Toba in Ise-Shima, where the 2016 G7 Summit was held. Arranged in an authentic Japanese style, the building is situated in a prime location overlooking the waters of Ise-Shima, with a traditional Japanese-style garden and a large pond that lends an impression of continuity to the sea.

24 Oct 2017
WADA Sports Shop, Himeji-shi, Kansai region
Architect: KTX archiLAB
WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi
photo © Stirling Elmendorf
WADA Sports Shop in Himeji-shi
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, WADA Sports is moving to a newly built headquarter and main retail shop. The new building is also a studio for Wada Bari technology, the brand’s original racket stringing technology.

19 Oct 2017
Contemporary University Classroom, Ishikawa, Chūbu region, Honshū island
Design: KELUN
Blackboard classroom in Ishikawa - Japanese architecture news
photo : Yasuhito Inamori
Blackboard Classroom in Ishikawa by Kelun
The existing classroom is a large classroom where 100 people in a space of length 16.8 m × width 10.5 m can study, a place many students use. The architects inserted a “blackboard wall” shaped like an egg into an existing classroom. Just paint the walls of the blackboard and provide a palette of beautiful colors. The renovation is achieved with simple operation.

5 Sep 2017
House in Matsuyacho, Osaka
Design: Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates
House in Matsuyacho, Osaka - Japanese architecture news
photo : Shigeo Ogawa
House in Matsuyacho

4 Sep 2017
Gallery in Kiyosato Villa With Exhibition Space, Kiyosato, Hokuto, Yamanashi
Architect: Satoshi Okada Architects
Gallery in Kiyosato Villa With Exhibition Space
photographer: Koichi Torimura ; Copyrights belong to Satoshi Okada architects Inc., 2006
Gallery in Kiyosato Villa With Exhibition Space
A newly conceived structural system, named Container Structure System, bears the loads of the gallery: it consists of a ship-shaped core in which small spaces encased. This monocoque is realized with inexpensive timber members and veneer panels and assembled with a software. The outcome is a solid and easily expandable shell.

28 Aug 2017
House in Hoshigaoka, Hirakata-shi, Osaka
Design: Shogo ARATANI Architect & Associates
House in Hoshigaoka
photograph : Shigeo Ogawa
House in Hoshigaoka

Contemporary Residence in Muko, Kyoto
Design: Fujiwara Architects
House in Muko, Kyoto
photo : Yano Toshiyuki
Kyoto Residence

House in Kaga City, Chubu region, Honshu island
Design: KELUN
House in Kaga City
photo : Yasuhito Inamori
House in Kaga City

Hafye House, Odawara City, Kanagawa
Architect: CUBO
Hafye House
photo : Hiroshi Ueda
Hafye House in Odawara City

Harumi Residential Tower in Tokyo

Gyomin Syokudo Restaurant in Okinawa

ReForm of Garden in Nara

House Wago, Shizuoka
Design: msd-office, architects
House Wago in Shizuoka - Japanese Architecture News
photos : Tadafumi Masuda / msd-office, Yasutaka Shimizu / NINE SENSE
Contemporary House in Shizuoka

Ring Around a Tree, Fuji
Tezuka Architects
Ring Around a Tree

Kakko House, Osaka
Architect: YYAA
Kakko House in Osaka
photo : Keishiro Yamada
Kakko House in Osaka

PABLO Himeji, Japan
Design: Design Atelier RONDO
PABLO Himeji Store

D-Apartment in Osaka
Architect: SPACESPACE
D-Apartment Osaka - Japanese Architecture News
photograph : Koichi Torimura
D-Apartment in Osaka

N strips Residence
Architect: Jun Murata / JAM
New Residence in Osaka
photograph : Jun Murata / JAM
N strips Residence Osaka

Clover House in Okazaki

House in Ishikawa Japan by Kelun

Uji House in Hironocho

House in Asamayama

I3 house Miyazaki City

Miyagawa Bagel Shop in Miura

House for Contemporary Art Residence

N8-house Residence, Omura City, Nagasaki

Gaze House in Obu City

Nest House in Nagoya City

House in Chitose, Ishikari

House Passage of Landscape, Toyota, Aichi

I house Sasebo City, Nagasaki

New House in Aichi Prefecture

Mirrors Cafe in Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, central Honshu, Japan
Design: Hisanori Ban of bandesign, Architects
Mirrors Cafe Gifu - Japanese Architecture News
picture : Shigetomo Mizuno
Mirrors Cafe in Gifu

A2-house Residence

Orandajima House Afterschool Facility, Yamada machi

Sugamo Shinkin Bank Nakaaoki Branch

Montblanc House in Okazaki

Toda House in Hiroshima

Fusionner 3.0 Exhibition, Shukutoku University of Aichi

Fusionner 2.0 Exhibition

AYA House in Osaka

Krampton House, Hyogo

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