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Who: Hironari Itoi, Jyunichi Sugiyama and Tomokazu Shinohara / sside architects
What: Single family residence
Where: Hino City, Tokyo
When: January 2009
How: Two-story wood frame construction
Site Area: 1,353 square feet (125.74m²)
Construction Area: – (-m²)
Total Floor Area: 1,071 square feet (99.54m²)
Photographer: Taizan Kamijyo

Who: Atsuhiro Koda and Momo Sano / comma design office
What: 6-unit apartment
Where: Suginami-ku, Tokyo
When: March 2008
How: Two-story wood frame construction
Site Area: 1,506 square feet (139.90m²)
Construction Area: 747 square feet (69.38m²)
Total Floor Area: 1,494 square feet (138.80m²)
Photographer: Takumi Ota

~ House in Tsu ~
Who: Yuji Okamura / TKO-M.architects
What: Single family residence
Where: Tsu City, Mie Prefecture
When: August 2004
How: One-story reinforced concrete construction
Site Area: 3,781 square feet (351.22m²)
Construction Area: 2,127 square feet (197.64m²)
Total Floor Area: 1,550 square feet (144.02m²)
Photographer: Tamotsu Kurumata

HANEGI G-House: A Deceptive Exterior of the Future

The architect may not have done much on the exterior, but he has given a completely new meaning to it. I like contrast and contradiction in general, and that is the first reason why I am intrigued by this apartment. And there is another reason, which may have more significance. Japan is notorious for demolishing structurally sound buildings and houses to build brand spanking new ones in a relatively short period of time. Although remodeling and renovation have grown considerably in recent years, many Japanese architects consider those as sideline businesses. There are still so many houses and buildings worth to be renovated rather than torn down and replaced, and it is time to preserve what is still recyclable. Here, a typical middle-class single family house from the 1980s, which had not been inhabited, has undergone a magical transformation into a two unit apartment house. HANEGI G-House, designed by Makoto Yamguchi (whose most recent project I FIND EVERYTHING was shown here a week ago) recently, is a perfect example what more architects of his generation should be doing Continue Reading

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Strong visual contrasts between the Iron Ore Dock’s stained exterior, the clear water of Lake Superior and the subtle growth of grasses and plantlife, provide inspiration for the potential transformation of what this domineering structure may become. (Brook McIlroy Urban Design + Planning)



Standing within the Iron Ore Dock’s belly proves an overwhelming experience; while the stream of light at the structure’s terminus provides magnificent views onto the ‘Sleeping Giant’. (Brook McIlroy Urban Design + Planning)


Photos © Mike Lalich
One of the 2010 summer exhibitions at Harbourfront Centre on Toronto’s waterfront is an exhibition which investigates how we can re-imagine or re-purpose abandoned, under-utilized industrial spaces and structures to create revitalized landscapes Continue Reading