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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