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Floor polish: floor as furniture in JapanSubscription
Floors in Japan have traditionally been treated as furniture, a phenomenon which has experienced a recent revival in contemporary architecture
Balancing act: Junya Ishigami’s shifts in scaleSubscription
From tabletops to cultural centres, Junya Ishigami’s delicate oneiric world obscures the confines of furniture and architecture
AR House 2018 Highly Commended: the architects have breathed new life into three interconnected buildings while maintaining the essence of the old structure
Building momentum in KoshirakuraSubscription
Completed over two decades, projects by the Koshirakura Landscape Workshop have slowly accumulated and brought new vitality to this ageing Japanese village
From AR February 1988: The Nakano Village draws upon both Japanese reverence for nature and a Modernist tradition of building into the landscape
The symbolic or signifying functions of the public toilet are usually secondary, at the most speaking of civic generosity, or, more accidentally, of meanness and neglect. But why shouldn’t the smallest room commune with the cosmos, as in this public lavatory on the Japanese island of Ibukijima? Taking its cue from the sliced spaces of Daniel Libeskind, the structure – which appears similar to other local houses from the outside – is divided by imaginary lines stretching out beyond the ...
In this wedding chapel outside Nagasaki, Yu Momoeda marries ancient and modern, craft and digital design
Glass does not have a monopoly on transparency. Using the ancient and fiendishly complex Japanese joinery technique of jigoku-gumi, which literally means ‘interlocking hell’, Kengo Kuma enveloped this Tokyo bakery in a hectic cloud of wooden struts. The interior is not visible from the street, making display of the wares on sale impossible, but the building is instantly recognisable –from a distance, it is reminiscent of a wasp nest – making it a striking advertisement for the business. And ...
Domestic architecture in Japan is a powerful and optimistic force in the face of imminent disaster