Architecture - Page 72


Photo © COGITE
It is fair to say that Galvalume® sheet roofing and siding combination is the most popular exterior option for a low cost housing project in Japan these days. Galvalume is a fantastic material developed by Bethlehem Steel Corporation (dissolved 2003) in ’72, and the world wide production is continuously rising since its introduction. The problem in Japan is that most home owners try to build new houses, but the budgets are usually very limited. As a result, there are too many hoses with a warehouse-like appearance (and often in black or similar dark colors!). But that doesn’t make me want to hate Galvalume sheet steel. What I would like is to see more architects willing to make houses look a little more special with this overly popular material… like this new house designed by Cogite, who does great job in the deep south of Japan Continue Reading


Photo © Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
We had a short series of posts last year showing houses and a building designed by Katsutoshi Sasaki in Aichi, Japan. The latest project completed by his firm last month has a unique shape to help reduce wind resistance due to the strong western wind in the area during winter. Continue Reading

House in Maihama by Yoshitaka Arita

Photo © Shinkenchiku-sha
The old house had moisture and security (i.e. burglary) issues before it was replaced by this new house. There was also another problem the young couple wanted to solve when they decided to rebuild a new one on the same site – reducing the vibrations from the Metropolitan Expressway running near by. To build their dream home, the client couple hired Yoshitaka Arita, a Tokyo-based architect who had studied architecture both in Japan and the UK. The architect focused on three things – raise, solidify and lower the gravity center. To achieve these three goals, all three construction methods common in Japan were applied. Reinforced concrete and steel frame were used for the first level. The second level, which is the family’s living quarters, was built of wood frame construction Continue Reading

Lazy Friday ~ Links

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

IOD Park Thunder Bay


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