Japan

Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects’ New Green-Roofed Tokyo Plaza Features a Dizzying Kaleidoscopic Entrance

Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects’ New Green-Roofed Tokyo Plaza Features a Dizzying Kaleidoscopic Entrance

The roof garden’s heart has a hexagonal communal table with trees sprouting and a glazed core. Attracting people as well as plenty of birds and butterflies, the trees all around it help to filter out

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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

The Optical Glass House sits among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima. Its glazed façade was hand-made made from 6,000 high-transparency glass blocks that are from borosilicate, a raw material

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World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

Offshore wind farms and tidal energy facilities harness the power of the wind and the ocean - but why should we have separate turbines for each task? Offshore technology company Mitsui is developing a

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Fujiwaramuro Architects’ House in Hanoura is Surrounded by Artificial Hills and Breezy Rice Fields

Fujiwaramuro Architects’ House in Hanoura is Surrounded by Artificial Hills and Breezy Rice Fields

Perhaps the most unique aspect of this house is a number of small hills that surround it and provide a depth perception to the flat landscape when looking out. A nice detail is that the architects made

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Toyo Ito’s Daylit Odate Dome Shrugs Off Snowstorms and Monsoons in Japan

Toyo Ito’s Daylit Odate Dome Shrugs Off Snowstorms and Monsoons in Japan

Toyo Ito's Odate Dome was completed back in June 1997. The building is a great social space that hosts baseball and soccer games in addition to other events. The oval dome is made from 25,000 sustainably

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Cleaning Up The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Take Over 40 Years

Cleaning Up The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Take Over 40 Years

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently announced that Japan may need more than 40 years to decommission the Fukushima power plant. The head of the IAEA clean up team, Juan

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Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Situated in the city of Tachikawa, Fuji Kindergarten follows the Japanese architectural tradition of welcoming nature in. In this case, Tezuka Architects built around nature, leaving the classroom’s

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Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

Many of the survivor stories we have heard from the 2011 earthquake and and Fukushima disaster in Japan involve worrying levels of radiation - but now we have a happy fish tale to tell. A small fishing

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Google Launches Haunting Street View of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Two Years After the Disaster

Google Launches Haunting Street View of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Two Years After the Disaster

A little over two years since a devastating earthquake struck Japan and triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Google has collaborated with the town of Namie-machi, which sits inside the

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Japanese Scientists Develop Pollen-Free Cedar Trees to Help Allergy Sufferers

Japanese Scientists Develop Pollen-Free Cedar Trees to Help Allergy Sufferers

Japanese Cedar photo from Shutterstock A team of scientists from the Japan-based Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute just announced they have “successfully developed the first

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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan is faced with a number of challenges when it comes to domestic energy production - the country is the world's largest importer of natural gas, and since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown it has

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Japanese Town Memorializes Miracle Pine Tree That Survived the 2011 Tsunami

Japanese Town Memorializes Miracle Pine Tree That Survived the 2011 Tsunami

It's been two years since the deadly earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan, destroying homes and triggering a nuclear disaster. Although the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent deluge killed thousands

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New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

Demolishing tall buildings is typically a loud and messy process that produces a lot of dust and not a lot of building materials that can be salvaged. But Japan's Taisei Corporation is pioneering a new

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Japan’s Tiny Coffin-Sized Apartments Make Your College Dorm Room Look Like a Palace

Japan’s Tiny Coffin-Sized Apartments Make Your College Dorm Room Look Like a Palace

To combat a lack of affordable housing in the capital city of Tokyo, landlords have developed what are known as 'geki-sema' or share houses: tiny cabinets barely bigger than coffins that can only be used

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Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

A fan of antiques and do-it-yourself projects, the client was responsible for a great deal of the interior furnishings. These include frames as decorative wall objects, antique chairs and mirrors, moody

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Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Photo via Shutterstock Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced today that Japan plans to begin restarting its idled nuclear plants later this year. All 50 of Japan's nuclear reactors were taken

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Japanese Restaurant Fines Diners For Not Finishing Their Meals

Japanese Restaurant Fines Diners For Not Finishing Their Meals

Thought your mom was harsh about finishing your meal? At least she didn't charge you for leaving food on your plate. The Hachikyo seafood restaurant in Sapporo, Japan will fine diners for not eating every

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Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Rooftecture HH was designed to do ensure that the inhabitants would still feel an intense connection to the natural environment, including the site's light and wind. With views of the nearby mountains and

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Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

As far as washing machines go, the pedal-powered GiraDora and the Laundry Pod are pretty small - but the new ultra compact Petit Laundry Swoosh can fit on a countertop! Designed by Japanese company King

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Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Shuhei has built a series of structures using industrial-chic metal facades, but few are as striking as Rooftecture OT2 in Osaka. Designed to shut out the street while still permitting air and light to

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House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

In order to create a playful sense of expansiveness on the inside of the Matsudo City home, Shinozaki decided to give it a large roof and fill the space in-between with eight Y-shaped wooden frames. From

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Même Experimental House: A Luminous Reinterpretation of Japanese Earth and Grass Architecture

Même Experimental House: A Luminous Reinterpretation of Japanese Earth and Grass Architecture

Instead of using earth and grass, Kengo Kuma framed Même – Experimental House with Japanese Larch and wrapped the 79.5 square meter space in a semi-transparent membrane that permits natural light to

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San Francisco Bay Bridge to Be Adorned With 25,000 LED Lights This Year

San Francisco Bay Bridge to Be Adorned With 25,000 LED Lights This Year

Soon San Francisco Bay Area commuters will have something more entertaining to stare at in traffic than the tail lights of the car in front of them. As the Bay Bridge enters its 75th year in 2013, it is

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Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Faced with a lifeless space, Naf might have gutted the entire interior of this strange Japanese home. Instead, saving energy and materials, the self-styled design team inserted a gorgeous wooden box that

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Japan’s Sporty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle is an Emissions-Free Dream Car

Japan’s Sporty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle is an Emissions-Free Dream Car

A two-seater beauty with a dazzling yellow shell, the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is the first in Japan to be developed without help from a major car manufacturer. Very low to the ground, the car has a

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Furniture for BAKOKO’s Sustainable Timber Cafe is Cut From the Walls

Furniture for BAKOKO’s Sustainable Timber Cafe is Cut From the Walls

Using sustainably-farmed timber panels that are laminated in European factories, BAKOKO proposes to apply robotic devices to the task of cutting the 3 by 16.5 meter panels to CAD drawing specifications.

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Panasonic’s New Ene-Farm is the World’s Most Efficient Home Fuel Cell

Panasonic’s New Ene-Farm is the World’s Most Efficient Home Fuel Cell

Last summer, electronics giant Panasonic announced plans to completely reinvent itself and become the top green innovation company in the electronics industry. Now, the company is backing up its talk

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Japanese Takaya House Features a Natural Floor Made From Tamped Earth

Japanese Takaya House Features a Natural Floor Made From Tamped Earth

Suppose Office designed this Japanese family home with big sliding walls and windows, simple materials and a traditional “douma”, or earthen floor. Its exterior is clad with grey wooden boards and its

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Florentijn Hofman’s Five-Story-Tall Rubber Duck Floats Its Way Into Sydney

Florentijn Hofman’s Five-Story-Tall Rubber Duck Floats Its Way Into Sydney

For this year's Sydney Festival, visitors will be treated to Florentijn Hofman's latest light-hearted installation, the Rubber Duck. Featuring over 750 artists from 17 countries, the Festival needed

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Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

The roof covers the entire length of the Teikyo University Elementary School, which has three storeys and a total footprint of 7,788 square meters. A heat collecting device placed on the south-facing

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