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The Starbucks Espresso Journey Pops Up in a Shipping Container in Tokyo

The Starbucks Espresso Journey Pops Up in a Shipping Container in Tokyo

The idea behind the pop-up job is twofold: to reinforce the near-intrinsic relationship between coffee and reading and also to encourage consumers to look deeper into the drink they are enjoying. Let's

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Nikken Sekkei’s Evaporative Cooling Bioskin Building Wins Energy Award at World Architecture Festival

Nikken Sekkei’s Evaporative Cooling Bioskin Building Wins Energy Award at World Architecture Festival

Nikken Sekkei's bioskin system is a groundbreaking attempt to reduce operations costs and energy use through natural processes. The idea was inspired by the traditional Japanese techniques of cooling the

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Edogawa Garage Club Receives a Modern Woven Shade Screen Facelift in Tokyo

Edogawa Garage Club Receives a Modern Woven Shade Screen Facelift in Tokyo

Located in Edogawa, Tokyo, the Edogawa Garage Club is a renovated warehouse with a modern new perforated metal screen skin. The owners with the help of Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates decided to

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Penguins ‘Fly’ Through the Skies at Tokyo’s Sunshine Aquarium!

Penguins ‘Fly’ Through the Skies at Tokyo’s Sunshine Aquarium!

The Sunshine Aquarium is a small aquarium located on the roof of a nine-story building in Tokyo's Sunshine City. On the roof, the open-air "Aqua Ring" is elevated about 7.5 feet off the ground, giving

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House Like a Museum by Edward Suzuki is a Stunning Green Oasis Flooded With Natural Light

House Like a Museum by Edward Suzuki is a Stunning Green Oasis Flooded With Natural Light

The architects designed the rooms to face and have a view into the courtyard, implementing their vision of "going in to go out." Traditional Japanese architecture has served as inspiration with its

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Artist Yumiko Matsui Recreates the City of Tokyo Entirely From Paper!

Artist Yumiko Matsui Recreates the City of Tokyo Entirely From Paper!

A self-taught paper artist, Yumiko Matsui has created detailed scenes of daily life in Tokyo's Asakusa district. Her tiny detailed works aims to preserve the atmosphere of the old Tokyo she remembers

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PHOTOS: Japan’s Tokyo Skytree Opens, is Crowned the World’s Tallest Tower

PHOTOS: Japan’s Tokyo Skytree Opens, is Crowned the World’s Tallest Tower

Tokyo Skytree photo from Shutterstock Located on the east side of Tokyo in the Asakusa traditional district, the Tokyo Skytree rises in gleaming silver, dwarfing the city blocks around it. The

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Lady Gaga Wears Another “Meat Dress”, Tweets Photo Of Herself

Lady Gaga Wears Another “Meat Dress”, Tweets Photo Of Herself

Really, Lady Gaga? While we're not surprised about Gaga's second meat dress, which she proudly tweeted a photo of herself wearing while playing a show in Tokyo, we are disappointed. Hopefully she can

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Sou Fujimoto’s Glassy House NA Blurs the Distinction Between Indoor and Outdoor Space

Sou Fujimoto’s Glassy House NA Blurs the Distinction Between Indoor and Outdoor Space

What makes House NA so unique is that it doesn't contain rooms in the same way that most typical homes do; instead, it has 21 different "floor plates" of varying sizes that flow into each other. Fujimoto

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100,000 Solar-Powered LEDs Flow Down the Sumida River in Tokyo

100,000 Solar-Powered LEDs Flow Down the Sumida River in Tokyo

At the Tokyo Hotaru Festival, the sea of blue LED lights flowed past the Tokyo Sky Tree, a radio broadcast tower that was completed in 2011 and is now the second tallest structure in the world after the

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Tokyo Zoo Project Maps Gigantic Animals in Tokyo Using Bike Lanes

Tokyo Zoo Project Maps Gigantic Animals in Tokyo Using Bike Lanes

Claiming to be "the world's largest zoo", the Tokyo Zoo Project offers a wild new way to cycle around the Japanese capital. The idea is that people request -- through Twitter -- different animals they

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If a Mega-Earthquake Hit Tokyo, It Would Kill Close to 10,000

If a Mega-Earthquake Hit Tokyo, It Would Kill Close to 10,000

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government released new data this week detailing what would happen if the Japanese capital were hit with a major earthquake. According to the projection, a 7.3-magnitude quake would

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Tokyo’s “Small House” is a Super Narrow Tower That’s Only 13 Ft. Wide!

Tokyo’s “Small House” is a Super Narrow Tower That’s Only 13 Ft. Wide!

Unemori Architects had a 112 square foot plot to work with when they were commissioned to build this home. Instead of eating up every inch of it, the designers decided to place the "Small House" smack dab

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Researchers Predict Another Huge Japan Earthquake Likely in the Next 4 Years

Researchers Predict Another Huge Japan Earthquake Likely in the Next 4 Years

Researchers have released the worrisome results of a study showing that there is a 70% possibility of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hitting Tokyo in the next four years and a whopping 98% possibility that

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Tolerance by Daisuke Kitagawa Gives New Life to Everyday Objects

Tolerance by Daisuke Kitagawa Gives New Life to Everyday Objects

Japanese designer Daisuke Kitagawa presented a collection of objetcts titled “Tolerance” during a recent edition of DESIGNTIDE Tokyo. Using common everyday objects, Daisuke altered the wares with

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Yoyogi Village in Tokyo Features a Lush Interior Vertical Garden

Yoyogi Village in Tokyo Features a Lush Interior Vertical Garden

Once you cross the threshold of Yoyogi Village, the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life quiets down. Just past the glass entry gate, the Code Kurkku restaurant, lounge, and bar is nestled in several

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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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Sky Garden House is an Open and Airy Redesign of a Cramped Tokyo Residence

Sky Garden House is an Open and Airy Redesign of a Cramped Tokyo Residence

The original home on the site was a small two bedroom with tiny windows and no connection to the outside. Ashizawa and the family sought to add a light and airy feeling to the new home, so the interior

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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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Atelier Tekuto’s Earth Brick House is the Epitome of Efficient, Local Design

Atelier Tekuto’s Earth Brick House is the Epitome of Efficient, Local Design

Atelier Tekuto's goal for the project was to utilize an environmentally friendly building material that was not limited or hindered by the economy. They focused their attention on soil and researched

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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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Beautiful Transparent Garden House in Tokyo Can’t Leave Nature Outside

Beautiful Transparent Garden House in Tokyo Can’t Leave Nature Outside

It might seem like glass walls might steam the home's inhabitants, but a nifty circulation box placed between the two cubes ensures that this beautiful "garden house" is nice and naturally ventilated.

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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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Ice Cube-Shaped Tokyo H&M Store’s Frosty Fritted Glass Exterior Keeps It Nice & Cool

Ice Cube-Shaped Tokyo H&M Store’s Frosty Fritted Glass Exterior Keeps It Nice & Cool

The building's compact site required special attention to maximize space, so the store became a mid-rise tower composed of interlocking cubic volumes. Programmatic and structural requirements helped shape

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Stacked Glass Farm Is A Collection Of Urban Greenhouses in the Heart of Tokyo

Stacked Glass Farm Is A Collection Of Urban Greenhouses in the Heart of Tokyo

ON Design's Roppongi Nouen Farm in the steamy heart of Tokyo comprises a series of stacked glass cubes full of a variety of produce. This 21 square meter urban farm isn't hidden on a roof, or relegated to

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Living Green Curtain Made of Morning Glories

Living Green Curtain Made of Morning Glories

If you're in the market for green curtains you could certainly buy some made of organic cotton, but we recently saw an option on Tokyo Green Space that seems a lot cooler. This living curtain is made of

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Sliding Walls Transform This Tokyo House Into an Office

Sliding Walls Transform This Tokyo House Into an Office

Transforming multi-purpose furniture is a key design element for small space living, so clever tricks were employed to turn this tiny apartment into an efficient office. The largest room of the apartment

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Ultra-Compact “Near House” is a Small Space Marvel in Japan

Ultra-Compact “Near House” is a Small Space Marvel in Japan

The tiny urban home features a total floor area of 75 sq meters (807 sq ft) and is composed of two volumes -- the gate house and the main house. The gate house is a slim, two-story volume located adjacent

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Grass Coated Green-Roofed Parking Garage Concept for Tokyo

Grass Coated Green-Roofed Parking Garage Concept for Tokyo

The two-story parking garage would take the place of a ground level parking lot, thus doubling the amount of available parking. Cheungvogl estimates that infrastructural investment to build the garage

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Japanese Reversible Destiny Lofts Cheat Death by Design

Japanese Reversible Destiny Lofts Cheat Death by Design

Located in the Mikata area of Tokyo, the off-kilter lofts look more like a McDonald's playground than residences meant for elderly adults. Much like the very popular Nintendo DS game "Brain Age," each

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