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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: Tokyo Residence is Covered in a Tent to Create a Private Shaded Garden

Kodaira Shi: Tokyo 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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Shigeru Ban Comes to Japan’s Rescue With Multistorey Shipping Container Housing

Shigeru Ban Comes to Japan’s Rescue With Multistorey Shipping Container Housing

Disaster zones typically feature unlevel ground, which makes it even more challenging to prepare housing relief quickly. But Shigeru Ban's shipping containers stacked on top of each other in a

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Crazy Japanese House Features Solar Heated Bathroom Bunker

Crazy Japanese House Features Solar Heated Bathroom Bunker

The compact home is located in a friendly neighborhood with some long-time residents, so the new owners wanted to make sure they built a home that was open and inviting. Building codes also let them build

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Charming Japanese Residence Has a Green Roofed Garage Perfect for A Car Hobbyist

Charming Japanese Residence Has a Green Roofed Garage Perfect for A Car Hobbyist

Set next to a rice field, the home enjoys views out over farmland and is very privately situated. Organized in a U-shape around a courtyard and projected by the garage on the side facing the road, the

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Japan’s Prime Minister Calls for Complete Phase Out of Nuclear Power

Japan’s Prime Minister Calls for Complete Phase Out of Nuclear Power

Four months after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan triggering the worst nuclear energy crisis since Chernobyl, the country's Prime Minister has finally addressed Japan's energy future. In a statement

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Mesh-Wrapped Owari Orthodontics Office is Made Partially from Recycled Paper

Mesh-Wrapped Owari Orthodontics Office is Made Partially from Recycled Paper

Inside, the designers separated the core volume from the rest of the building, again to enable future renovations. This core is built from a new building material comprised of recycled paper and plastic.

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Shell House: Awesome Seaside Home in Japan is Modeled After Mollusks

Shell House: Awesome Seaside Home in Japan is Modeled After Mollusks

The flooring in the home is made from rosewood, which is sustainable if sourced from either Bolivia or Brazil, and skylights in the tilted roofs usher in just the right amount of daylight. At night, the

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Hidemi Nishida’s Glowing Fragile Shelter Lights Up Sapporo’s Snowy Nights

Hidemi Nishida’s Glowing Fragile Shelter Lights Up Sapporo’s Snowy Nights

Comprised of a series of six matching cabins joined in alternating elevations, the shelter is made from timber and wrapped in plastic sheeting. Although the latter is not the most sustainable material to

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POOP BURGER: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces

POOP BURGER: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces

Some hardcore carnivores have a hard time finding meat alternatives such as soy protein or tofu burgers to be palatable. But non-meat eaters may lose their appetite along with their carnivorous friends

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The “Airy House” Creates a Gorgeous Gleaming Structure for a Cafe and Residence

The “Airy House” Creates a Gorgeous Gleaming Structure for a Cafe and Residence

Meeting at a perpendicular angle, the two parts of Airy House are a private residence and a café. Two large, garage type doors face each other, and can be opened to merge the outside with in. Ikimono has

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PHOTOS: Japan’s ACROS Building is a Mountainous Green-Roofed Pyramid Planted With Trees

PHOTOS: Japan’s ACROS Building is a Mountainous Green-Roofed Pyramid Planted With Trees

Things have changed since we last wrote about ACROS. When the building, which was designed by Emilio Ambasz & Associates, was first built, many of the trees that make up its "step garden" were still

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Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Concert Hall Made of Paper Opens in L’Aqila, Italy

Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Concert Hall Made of Paper Opens in L’Aqila, Italy

The concert hall, built from steel, glass, cardboard, concrete and clay sacks, seats 230 people inside an oval shaped room, which is set inside another structure. The exterior structure is square in

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Cylindrical Green Roofed Japanese Tsunami Control Center Lets Waves Pass Right Underneath

Cylindrical Green Roofed Japanese Tsunami Control Center Lets Waves Pass Right Underneath

Looptecture F was built to monitor and aid in the event of a tsunami as well as to educate visitors about the dangers of tsunamis. Inside the two-story building is space for the control room, an

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Minimalist Japanese Hair Salon Looks Like A Slice of Vanilla Bean Pie

Minimalist Japanese Hair Salon Looks Like A Slice of Vanilla Bean Pie

Here at Inhabitat, we know that cool things often come in small packages; the Nagoya salon is a case in point. In order to fill in the gaps left by the building's curvature, the designers planted a garden

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Japanese Artist Cuts Hundreds of Butterflies Out of Books and Sets them Aflutter on Room Walls

Japanese Artist Cuts Hundreds of Butterflies Out of Books and Sets them Aflutter on Room Walls

We've been privvy to some pretty amazing art on Inhabitat, including this toothpick rendition of San Francisco. What many of these pieces have in common is the extraordinary patience associated with their

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Japan’s Green-Roofed Villa Ronde is a Self-Cooling Seaside Oasis

Japan’s Green-Roofed Villa Ronde is a Self-Cooling Seaside Oasis

The circular shape of the Villa helps protect it by deflect the strong typhoon winds that are common in the area. These same winds help ventilate and cool the interior of the Villa, thanks to the

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