Japan has been the forefront of many different avenues and businesses, be it computing, fashion or game design. However, is it now Japans time to step into the limelight in the architectural scene? Here Hekkta will look at a large number of projects and designs either in Japan or by Japanese architects/designers.
A short review of the Japanese house, showcasing different designs and ideas, from and extremely open house, to one on the other end of the scale. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/mar/26/japanese-house-architecture-life-after1945-barbican-review
Japanese architects Megumi Matsubara and Hiroi Ariyama arranged this house in the forest near Karuizawa around five courtyards to provide views of vegetation both inside and outside the building. https://www.dezeen.com/2017/03/24/megumi-matsubara-hiroi-ariyama-architects-enclosed-courtyards-sky-house-japanese-forest-residential/
Buried underneath a hill in front of Frederiksberg Palace, the cistern functioned as Copenhagen’s fresh water supply until 1933. To Wallpaper* Design Award-winning architect Hiroshi Sambuichi the space couldn’t be more interesting. When he met museum director Astrid la Cour in 2015 and saw the space for the first time, ‘he immediately understood the unique character of the place and agreed to stage his first major project outside of Japan’, la Cour explains. http://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/the-water-sambuichi-goes-underground-in-frederiksberg
You can now see, in person, two emergency shelters designed by Shigeru Ban, the Pritzer Prize-winning Japanese architect known for creating makeshift structures out of cardboard and other inexpensive materials which are on view now at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) in Sydney. http://www.curbed.com/2017/3/27/15077038/shigeru-ban-sherman-contemporary-art-foundation-emergency-shelter
The Japanese House review: An exhibition exploring Japanese architecture from post-war to present. http://www.cityam.com/261612/japanese-house-review-exhibition-exploring-japanese
A small collection of Japanese architecture news, ranging form Japans magical mountainside to Kengo Kuma’s Tokyo Olympic stadium. http://uk.archinect.com/news/tag/916008/japanese-architecture?ukredirect
Japanese studio Form has designed this top-heavy home for a family in Tokyo, placing their living spaces in an elevated volume that overhangs a gallery for its apron-designer owner. www.dezeen.com/2017/04/08/bright-white-living-spaces-overhang-gallery-of-small-house-in-tokyo-by-form/
The Portland Japanese Garden officially unveils its new Cultural Crossing expansion project done by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. http://kuow.org/post/portland-japanese-garden-opens-new-cultural-village
Plans for new office space at The Maltings in St Albans are going on display this week. The new building will provide 23,000 square feet of office space, helping to alleviate a city-wide shortage. http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/new-st-albans-office-space-to-be-showcased-at-the-maltings-1-4970659
This New London Architecture exhibition displays ambitious plans for Lea River Park, an area formerly used to process sewage. The exhibition will run to April 27th. http://www.cityam.com/262595/new-london-architecture-exhibition-displays-ambitious-plans
High flyer: Herzog & de Meuron’s first residential building in UK launches. Playing a game of Jenga with studio apartments and four bedroom homes, Herzog & de Meuron brings modernist values to luxury residential living at One Park Drive in Canary Wharf, the practice’s first residential UK project.