Shigeru Ban’s Open House with Condensed Core proposes that plumbing water and waste could be funneled through the ceiling instead of floors to provide more organizational flexibility. Floor-to-ceiling windows open outwards at a right angle as a space-saving solution.
Sou Fujimotoconceived a housing model named Rental Space Tower, which provides shared living spaces. The “pixelated” structure was built in collaboration with real estate company Daito Trust Construction.
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Atelier Bow Wowteamed up with Japanese design brand Muji to build Tanada Terrace Office. The building is a prototype for paddy field housing and references traditional structural solutions such as stilted timber construction. This solution would function as a workspace for digital nomads. Another model addressing the trend of nomadic living is the temporary Nomad House, designed by Suppose Design Office founders Makoto Tanijiri and Ai Yoshida.
Kengo Kuma designed the venue and came up with a series of solar-powered tents named Grand Third Living Room. Latticed timber walkways connect all the exhibits, including the Checkerboard Water Garden designed by Kuma himself.
One of the houses-Go Hasegawa’s Yoshino-Sugi Cedar House-will be transported to the town of Yoshino after the exhibition closes and listed on Airbnb. Inside-Out/Furniture-Room, designed by architect Jun Igarashiand furniture designer Taiji Fujimori for toilet manufacturer Toto and window company YKK AP, has built-in furnitureplaced in volumes that radially branch out from a central core. Visitors of the One Family Under a Wireless Roof can use VR headsetsto experience how families living apart communicate and stay in touch, while Hiragana-no Spiral House, designed by Yuko Nagayama for Panasonic, features a spiraling screen for watching films.
Several other projects address different aspects of modern living and housing trends, often using the latest technology to educate visitors and allow them to experience space.
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