“We are totally kicked out” from working in Tokyo, says Atelier Bow-Wow

Major development spurred on by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has greatly reduced opportunities for smaller architecture studios in the city, according to Atelier Bow-Wow. The upcoming Olympic Games has provided few opportunities for local designers and development related to the event has forced many smaller studios to look for work outside the city said Atelier […]

Lexus designs LF-30 Electrified concept to develop “mutual understanding” between car and driver

Lexus considered the relationship between a horse and its rider when designing the LF-30 Electrified concept car, which represents the Japanese brand’s vision for a future generation of electric vehicles. With fluid lines and gull-wing doors, the LF-30 Electrified concept was designed to have a futuristic look that is “expected of a BEV” (battery electric […]

Foster + Partners’ latest Apple Store opens in central Tokyo

The latest Apple Store in Tokyo is fronted by a row of two-storey protruding windows that turn the shopfront into a series of display cabinets. Located near the Imperial Palace in the Marunouchi district of central Tokyo, the Apple Store has been deigned by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Apple’s design team. Built on […]

SO&CO squeezes 2.7-metre-wide office block into alley in Tokyo

SO&CO has slotted a skinny office building into an alley between two buildings in Tokyo, Japan, which contains five tiny concrete workspaces. The office block, named the Multi-Tenant Building in Ginza, is located on a narrow L-shaped plot on a densely-packed backstreet in one of the city’s leading shopping districts. It has a stark concrete […]

Pelli Clarke Pelli reveals Japan’s tallest skyscraper

Construction has begun on Japan’s tallest building, a 330-metre-tall skyscraper in Tokyo designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The building is one of three skyscrapers being designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects for developer Mori as part of the Toranomon-Azabudai district in central Tokyo, where Heatherwick Studio is designing the public realm. Planned to be approximately 330 […]

Heatherwick Studio reveals designs for “gigantic planted pergola” in Tokyo

Construction has begun on the Toranomon-Azabudai district in central Tokyo, where Japan’s tallest skyscraper will sit alongside buildings and a landscaped pergola designed by Heatherwick Studio. Heatherwick Studio designed the public realm and numerous low-rise blocks for the development within the Minato ward of Tokyo based on the idea of creating a giant plant-filled pergola. “As […]

One-room hotel Trunk House includes Tokyo’s tiniest disco

Hotel brand Trunk worked alongside design studio Tripster to create this boutique hotel in Tokyo, which takes cues from traditional Japanese aesthetics – but unusually boasts its own miniature nightclub. Hidden away down a cobbled street in Tokyo’s buzzing Kagurazaka neighbourhood, Trunk House has been created by the hotel’s in-house design team and locally based […]

Tokujin Yoshioka puts garment making on show inside Tokyo’s Homme Plissé flagship

An industrial pleating machine is the focal point of Issey Miyake‘s Homme Plissé flagship store, which has opened in Tokyo, Japan. The store is located in Tokyo’s affluent Aoyama neighbourhood and is the first flagship for Issey Miyake’s diffusion brand Homme Plissé. Launched in 2013, it exclusively produces micro-pleated items of clothing in lightweight fabrics […]

Ryoji Iedokoro turns Tokyo’s Nikunotoriko restaurant into indoor cave

Low lighting, rough stone-effect walls and water-like glass floors help create a cave-like atmosphere inside this restaurant in Tokyo designed by architect Ryoji Iedokoro. Situated in Tokyo’s bustling Roppongi district, Nikunotoriko has been designed by locally based architect Ryoji Iedokoro. It offers an alternative take on yakiniku – a Japanese dining style which sees customers […]

Nendo wraps timber grid around plant-filled balconies of Japanese office

Plant-lined balconies and a grid-like facade wrap around the glass Kojimachi Terrace office in Tokyo, which Nendo has designed “to bring the outside in”. Located in the capital’s Kojimachi neighbourhood, the eleven-storey block is designed by Nendo to challenge the city’s conventional “closed off” office buildings. The office has glass walls punctuated by randomly-placed balconies […]

Takeshi Hosaka designs tiny house in Tokyo with funnel-like roofs

Architect Takeshi Hosaka has built himself a micro home in Tokyo that has a total floor area of just 19 square metres and features a pair of curved roofs. Called Love2 House, the single-storey building sits on a plot in the Bunkyo district, which measures just 31 square metres. Hosaka and his wife relocated to the […]

Toru Kashihara Architects designs stepped concrete temple in Tokyo

Shoraku-Ji is a Buddhist temple next to a cemetery in northeast Tokyo by Toru Kashihara Architects with a stepped concrete design that aims to subvert traditional temple architecture. Located on a site surrounded by many other temples and cemeteries, all of Shoraku-Ji temple’s functions – which may have otherwise been housed in individual structures – have been compressed […]

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