Japan

Sou Fujimoto’s House N Captures Sunlight and Fresh Air in a Series of Nested Boxes

Sou Fujimoto’s House N Captures Sunlight and Fresh Air in a Series of Nested Boxes

Located in Oita, Japan, House N was designed for a couple and their dog. The outermost box encases a semi-private yard and outdoor living area, which features a wooden deck, trees and garden space. The

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Shimmery Hansha Reflection House Thinks Outside The Japanese Box

Shimmery Hansha Reflection House Thinks Outside The Japanese Box

The public, private, and service programs of the house have been separated, with the public portions upstairs, peering through the windows facing the park's lake and sakura trees. Strategically placed,

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Buy PACT and Architecture for Humanity’s New Undies and Help Rebuild a Village in Japan

Buy PACT and Architecture for Humanity’s New Undies and Help Rebuild a Village in Japan

We all know how important our undergarments are in our daily lives but did you know they could provide a totally different kind of support than what you're used to? Yesterday, PACT unveiled its new

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Super Slim Outdoors Indoors Home in Japan is Capped with a Rock Climbing Wall

Super Slim Outdoors Indoors Home in Japan is Capped with a Rock Climbing Wall

With only 36 m2 to work with, the design team gave this home a vertical lift. The street is not visible from outside, which shuts out a lot of light, though the open, tapered roof compensates for this by

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PHOTOS: Striking Japanese Bike Parking Lot is Completely Overgrown with Green Ivy

PHOTOS: Striking Japanese Bike Parking Lot is Completely Overgrown with Green Ivy

Located on a busy street behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel Osaka, the facility acts as a place for people commuting to the city to store their bikes. While typical multi-level bike parking structures are drab

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Toto’s Poop Bike NEO Completes Its 870 Mile Journey Across Japan!

Toto’s Poop Bike NEO Completes Its 870 Mile Journey Across Japan!

We are so excited to learn that the amazing Toilet Bike Neo has completed its poop-powered 870 mile journey across Japan! Earlier this year, top toilet maker Toto unveiled their talking three-wheeled

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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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Mountainside Sunbrella House Keeps Cool With an Underground Well

Mountainside Sunbrella House Keeps Cool With an Underground Well

The rural town of Ome is lined with a beautiful forest to the north and east, and views of serene mountains can be seen to the south. With such dynamic landscape also comes certain weather effects.

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Workshop in the Forest by Atelier Haretoke is Built from Local Japanese Wood

Workshop in the Forest by Atelier Haretoke is Built from Local Japanese Wood

The single story structure hugs the side of a road in between a mountain and the forest from which the beams were harvested. Surrounded by tall trees, the workshop looks more like a cozy log cabin than a

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Japanese Government Unveils Plan to Build a Backup City for Tokyo

Japanese Government Unveils Plan to Build a Backup City for Tokyo

In the same way that we have backup batteries for our cameras and computers, the Japanese government has recently unveiled plans to develop a whole new city that will act as a backup for Tokyo in the

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‘On The Corner’ Apartment Building Occupies a Disused Triangular Plot of Land

‘On The Corner’ Apartment Building Occupies a Disused Triangular Plot of Land

The neighborhood of Shiga prefecture is a mixed residential and industrial area, which also has a thriving nightlife scene. The odd shaped lot was left abandoned for years without a buyer, or city

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Pixelated Mesh-Wrapped Garden Spruces Up an Urban Home in Japan

Pixelated Mesh-Wrapped Garden Spruces Up an Urban Home in Japan

The designers placed the small garden adjacent to the Oh family's small, naturally-finished home, where window slices permit a soft infusion of daylight and ensure constant views of the new garden.

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House M: Daylit Japanese Home Preserves Privacy With a Beautiful Louvered Facade

House M: Daylit Japanese Home Preserves Privacy With a Beautiful Louvered Facade

The main façade of the house is based on warehouse architecture (called Kura in Japanese) - a familiar sight in the Japanese town where House M is built. The dark blue siding envelops the back and roof

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Japanese Manufacturer Recycles Old Bras Into Fuel!

Japanese Manufacturer Recycles Old Bras Into Fuel!

Because they're typically made of fabric and wire that's difficult to take apart and repurpose, used bras are among the hardest garments to recycle. But for women who are concerned about the environment

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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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29 Skylights Inundate Minimalist Japanese Home with Beautiful Light

29 Skylights Inundate Minimalist Japanese Home with Beautiful Light

Sunken below street level, the house is like many homes in Yokohama: crammed in between a variety of other forgettable structures and poorly lit. A total of 29 skylights fixes that by absolutely

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Inflatable Ark Nova Concert Hall Will Bring Music to Japan’s Tsunami Victims

Inflatable Ark Nova Concert Hall Will Bring Music to Japan’s Tsunami Victims

The inflatable concert hall is a giant amorphous amphitheater that seats 500 to 700 spectators. Rising out of a long tunnel entranceway, the stretchy, bright red skin encases the oval interior. A ramped

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Update from Kesennuma, Japan: Students Complete Fish Arch and Recovery Efforts Are Under Way

Update from Kesennuma, Japan: Students Complete Fish Arch and Recovery Efforts Are Under Way

As you may recall, the Fish Arch project was led by a group of students taking Yasushi Ikeda’s lab at Keio University. The group was asked to contribute to the Obon Festival by doing an installation.

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Tiny Charcoal-Colored Hut by Koji Kakiuchi Creates a Corridor to Nature

Tiny Charcoal-Colored Hut by Koji Kakiuchi Creates a Corridor to Nature

Clad in charred timber panels and finished off in Japanese cedar, this little hut has a negligible footprint. Indeed, it has only one room and a sheltered outdoor terrace that opens into the surrounding

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Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Earlier this year, the Japanese government considered a bill that would require renewable energy to be integrated into the consumer energy grid. Initially proposed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the

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Interview With Lauren Bush on the FEED Shop-in-Shop at Little Cupcake Bakeshop in NYC

Interview With Lauren Bush on the FEED Shop-in-Shop at Little Cupcake Bakeshop in NYC

In May FEED Projects and the Little Cupcake Bakeshop in New York City launched a shop-within-a-shop to feed hungry children and support disaster-relief efforts in Japan. FEED, which is well known for

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Cocage: Japanese Stepped Mountain Home Incorporates Light, Wind, Water & Shadows

Cocage: Japanese Stepped Mountain Home Incorporates Light, Wind, Water & Shadows

The simple layout of the home is achieved with an H-shaped floorplan. On the ground floor, there is a bathroom, a laundry, storage, 2 bedrooms, the kitchen and a traditional tatami room all joined

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Kodaira Shi: Toyko Residence is Covered in a Tent to Create a Private Shaded Garden

Kodaira Shi: Toyko Residence is Covered in a Tent to Create a Private Shaded Garden

The 93 sq m (1,001 sq ft), two-story home sits on a corner in a residential area. The owners wanted a small garden and yard for their children, but also desired privacy. The translucent tarpaulin, which

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Angular Wooden Bihoro House in Japan Used as a Model For Ecological Housing

Angular Wooden Bihoro House in Japan Used as a Model For Ecological Housing

Along with its raised earth floor that connects the home's three volumes, timber on the interior and exterior gives this home its natural feel. Daylighting floods through a tall window, somtimes giving

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Urban Woods: Parasitic Wooden Exoskeleton in Osaka Will Soon Be Covered In Ivy

Urban Woods: Parasitic Wooden Exoskeleton in Osaka Will Soon Be Covered In Ivy

The goal of the renovation was to reintroduce the concept of nature alongside a wide and very busy street. Additionally, the clients hoped to improve the commercial appeal of the building through a more

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Japan Will Generate Electricity by Turning Unused Rice Paddies into Solar Farms

Japan Will Generate Electricity by Turning Unused Rice Paddies into Solar Farms

Softbank Corporation President Masayoshi Son is rolling out a plan to turn Japan's 1.3 million acres of unused rice paddies into solar farms. Energy issues in Japan have been under heightened scrutiny

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Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

The building has no halls and no walls. Rooms are divided by arches and the various classrooms - which branch off from the center - are color-coordinated to help students find their way. Philosophically,

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Japan Using Air Conditioned Clothing to Beat the Heat During Power Shortages

Japan Using Air Conditioned Clothing to Beat the Heat During Power Shortages

You didn't think a little heat could faze those resourceful Japanese did you? Well, okay, a lot of heat. While most of us westerners over here are sweating up a storm even with air conditioning, many

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Japanese Students Build a Pavilion from Thousands of Fish to Support Tsunami Reconstruction Efforts

Japanese Students Build a Pavilion from Thousands of Fish to Support Tsunami Reconstruction Efforts

Like many cities along the eastern seaboard of Japan affected by the tsunami, Kesennuma is struggling. While there are lots of fish still out swimming in the ocean waiting to be caught, the town's

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Japanese Government Buying Radioactive Meat and Destroying It

Japanese Government Buying Radioactive Meat and Destroying It

The Japanese government discovered this week that 1,256 head of cattle have been fed hay poisoned with the radioactive material cesium. The hay, which was grown in the Fukushima prefecture, was given to

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