Japan

Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Apollo Architects & Associates’ modern Pergola House in Japan unifies its indoor and outdoor space with a slatted trellis roof. The rectilinear home north of Tokyo rises to two stories of open and

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Tsuyoshi Kawata designs a charming curved house in Japan

Tsuyoshi Kawata designs a charming curved house in Japan

This curved house in Shiga Prefecture in Japan introduces organic shapes of flowing volumes into a neighborhood dominated by traditional pitched-roofed homes. Architect Tsuyoshi Kawata of Osaka studio

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Life Style Koubou’s House In Itsuura is a timber treehouse-like home in Japan

Life Style Koubou’s House In Itsuura is a timber treehouse-like home in Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4WN8VaKGBE The elongated house is perched on two organically formed supports. The architects expect that, with time, the timber structure will eventually weather into

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Super Skinny Horinouchi House Reaches the Pinnacle of Space Management in Japan

Super Skinny Horinouchi House Reaches the Pinnacle of Space Management in Japan

Triangular-shaped structures are not uncommon in Japan since space on the island is very limited. Although they look tiny and restricted on the outside, these homes are often incredibly spacious, and the

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Japan’s Eco Thon Chapel is a giant instrument that plays when the wind blows

Japan’s Eco Thon Chapel is a giant instrument that plays when the wind blows

Located on the shoreline of Lake Biwa near the city of Moriyama, the chapel is ued for wedding ceremonies. It has an adjoining bridal suite and banquet hall in the hotel. The zigzagging edge of each floor

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Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

The designers of the 137-square-foot space took advantage of the sharp angles and used them to divide the hair salon into areas with different functions. They kept the existing steel frame and

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Fukushima radiation arrives on North America’s West Coast after more than two years

Fukushima radiation arrives on North America’s West Coast after more than two years

Have you been downing iodine like mad to protect your body against all that nuclear radiation emitted from the Fukushima meltdown? If so, it looks like your precautions might have been a bit premature, as

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The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Japanese retailer recently built their first new dwelling in Tokyo. Designed to maximize its small city plot, it features three levels with a minimalist aesthetic that's so common in Japanese

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Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment in Japan

Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment in Japan

Sinato fit eleven different spaces within the 689-square-foot apartment, which features a limited materials palette comprising warm-toned wood, gray concrete, and white-painted walls. The spaces are

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Ant House hides an innovative wood interior behind a metal-clad cube in Japan

Ant House hides an innovative wood interior behind a metal-clad cube in Japan

Completed in 2012, the 713-square-foot Ant House design encapsulates the mA-style architects' signature minimalist and playful style, which relies on ambiguous spaces and a restrained materials palette

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Crumpled paper transforms a gallery into grotto-like Yorunoma bar in Japan

Crumpled paper transforms a gallery into grotto-like Yorunoma bar in Japan

Located in the Abeno-Ku ward of Osaka, the grotto-like Yorunoma bar sat in what was originally a common, blank gallery space. With the help of local residents, the clever desigers created the

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Rare Albino Dolphin Captured Amidst Japan’s Taiji Cove Slaughter

Rare Albino Dolphin Captured Amidst Japan’s Taiji Cove Slaughter

Japanese hunters at the infamous Taiji Cove captured a pod of Risso's dolphins over the weekend -- the fifteenth pod of Risso's caught this season. Sea Shepherd reports that within the pod was a rare

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Tiny Tsubomi House is a Multi-Level Residence that Blooms Atop a Cookie Shop

Tiny Tsubomi House is a Multi-Level Residence that Blooms Atop a Cookie Shop

The Tsubomi House is focused around its central staircase, which is made of concrete on the lower floors and folded metal for the floors above ground level. A storage room and bathroom are housed in the

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House in Tatemachi’s Dramatic Cone-Shaped Openings Provide Privacy Without Sacrificing Natural Daylighting

House in Tatemachi’s Dramatic Cone-Shaped Openings Provide Privacy Without Sacrificing Natural Daylighting

Due to the limited lot size, the walls of the House in Tatemachi are angled outwards to maximize the building volume. A triangular, frosted glass window opens up all three floors to natural daylight,

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Hamada’s Glass + Wood Building Wraps Around Living Trees in Japan

Hamada’s Glass + Wood Building Wraps Around Living Trees in Japan

The building accommodates a beauty salon on the ground floor, while the upper floor houses the office of the owner's property company. Red cedar covers the volumes that frame the glazed frontages. Even

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Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Built in the back garden of a photographer in the southern Kantō region of Japan, Light Shed is a 33 sq meter art studio. The open floor plan space measures 4.5 by 7 meters and is kept simple and

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Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Located in Nara, Nara Prefecture this small Japanese home was designed for a young family. The total site area is 107 sq m (1,150 sq ft), but the total living space is only 64 sq m (688 sq ft), making for

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Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

When users enter the shipping container, which resembles a chalked-up blackboard on the outside, they are greeted with pitch darkness. As they start to stumble through the temporary room, the UV light

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Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys

Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys

A recent study carried out in Japan warns of yet another unexpected consequence of climate change: the study shows that male human fetuses are more sensitive to temperature differences than female fetuses

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Cantilevered Cedar-Clad Japanese House Lets Trees Grow Through its Frame

Cantilevered Cedar-Clad Japanese House Lets Trees Grow Through its Frame

UID Architects designed +node with a subdued all-timber palette to help the light-filled structure blend into to its forested surroundings. A diagonal pathway interrupts the upper-level rectangular

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Japanese Man Goes to Jail for Making 3D-printed Guns

Japanese Man Goes to Jail for Making 3D-printed Guns

In what is likely the first imprisonment related to 3D printing, a Japanese man was sent to jail on Monday for making guns with a 3D printer. According to Phys.org, 28-year-old Yoshitomo Imura was found

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Walk Barefoot on Ito’s New Green-Roofed Science Museum in Japan

Walk Barefoot on Ito’s New Green-Roofed Science Museum in Japan

Located in a former factory site, the architects' aim was to create a building that could bring back an interest in, and pay homage to science and industry. A museum, communications centre and archive

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Cubist ‘Scape House’ Resembles a Giant Stack of Blocks

Cubist ‘Scape House’ Resembles a Giant Stack of Blocks

Within each of the cuboid volumes that make up Scape House, designer Kimura inlayed windows that reveal a strategically curated view of the neighborhood. Since the home is set on a hill overlooking a

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6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

Baltimore's Typographical Sculpture Bus Stop Designed by artist collective “mmmm…”, this unique bus stop is an experiment in typography and public art. Located on a Baltimore street, this design

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Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train

Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train

Japan invented high-speed rail (HSR) in 1964 with the Shinkansen bullet train - and now The Land of the Rising Sun is leading the way towards the next generation of fast trains with the first public test

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At Least 36 Feared Dead Due to Japan’s Mount Ontake Eruption

At Least 36 Feared Dead Due to Japan’s Mount Ontake Eruption

At least 36 people are now feared dead in the aftermath of Saturday's Mount Ontake volcanic eruption in Japan. Toxic gases are still spewing from the volcano, causing search and rescue efforts to be

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Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

A big folded-plate roof wraps around the “divided houses” and shelters the common area and living room shared by the entire family. The name Rain Shelter House references the regional climate where

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13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

If you're craving an escape from the city, an agricultural vacation might just be the perfect medicine. You may have considered WWOOFing your way around the planet, but if you'd rather connect to nature

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Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Despite the devastation wreaked by the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, Japan wants to restart two nuclear reactors that were shut off in the wake of the disaster. According to the Guardian, Japan’s nuclear

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Japan Begins Annual Dolphin Slaughter at Taiji Cove

Japan Begins Annual Dolphin Slaughter at Taiji Cove

September 1 marks the official start of the annual Taiji dolphin and small whale hunt in Japan, made infamous by the 2009 documentary The Cove. A quota of nearly 2,000 animals has been approved for this

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