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Azabu Residence in Tokyo references mid-century American design and Brazilian modernism

June 9, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
Living room of Azabu Residence, Tokyo

Danish firm Norm Architects and Japanese studio Keiji Ashizawa Design have designed a mid-century modern-informed interior for Azabu Residence in Tokyo using muted dark tones and warm natural materials. The two studios also designed bespoke furniture for the apartment, which is located in a building from 1988 that sits on a green plot on a hill

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Theatrical curtains enclose the entrance of Tokyo fashion store The Playhouse

April 14, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
Moving curtains at The Playhouse store

Architecture studios Pan Projects and Haruki Oku Design have renovated a fashion store in Tokyo using moving curtains and rotating walls to create adaptable retail and events spaces. Renamed The Playhouse, the building for the Vulcanize fashion store in the Aoyama district was directly informed by the theatre with a dramatic facade animated by moving curtains. London-based Pan Projects worked with local

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Gridded steel facade evokes bamboo forest at Hermès store in Tokyo

April 1, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0

Parisian studio RDAI has designed a store on Tokyo’s prestigious Omotesando Avenue for fashion house Hermès, which was designed to evoke aspects of Japanese nature and culture. The 488-square-metre store is the first freestanding Hermès outlet in Tokyo since the brand opened its Ginza emporium in 2001, which was also designed by RDAI. The latest store occupies a prime

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Unemori Architects creates small blocky house on “tiny plot” in Tokyo

March 26, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
Small Tokyo house with corrugated iron facade

Japanese architecture studio Unemori Architects has designed a small house formed of several stacked boxes wrapped in corrugated steel on a 26-square-metre plot in Tokyo. Named House Tokyo, the house was designed to make most of a small plot of land in a densely populated area of the Japanese capital. “With the building area of

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Jun Aoki & Associates wraps Louis Vuitton’s Tokyo store in “poetic yet playful” pearlescent facade

March 25, 2021 James Parkes 0
Louis Vuitton Ginza by Jun Aoki

Japanese studio Jun Aoki & Associates has created a distinctive flagship store for Louis Vuitton in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district with an undulating facade and interiors by architect Peter Marino. Replacing the brand’s previous store, which has occupied the same corner since 1981, the seven-storey Louis Vuitton Ginza Namiki store is wrapped in a water-like facade.

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Suppose Design Office creates “floating” concrete toilet in Tokyo

March 2, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Floating concrete toilet near Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

Japanese studio Suppose Design Office has built a monolithic concrete toilet alongside the Sendagaya Station near Tokyo’s Olympic stadium. Built ahead of the postponed Tokyo Olympics, the toilet replaces an existing facility next to Sendagaya Station, which will serve passengers visiting the Kengo Kuma-designed National Stadium during this year’s Olympics. Suppose Design Office aimed for the

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House T by Suppose Design Office is a “cave-like” concrete house in downtown Tokyo

February 28, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
The exterior of a stepped concrete house in Japan

Architect Tanijiri Makoto of Japanese studio Suppose Design Office has created a monolithic concrete home for himself and his family in Tokyo, featuring dark living spaces that open onto a sheltered terrace. Suppose Design Office has so far created more than 150 houses, but its founder never believed he would be able to build one

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Snøhetta designs Tokyo restaurant with all-black interior and stage-like kitchen

February 27, 2021 Ali Morris 0
All-black interior of Tokyo's Burnside restaurant by Snøhetta

Architecture firm Snøhetta has worked with Bronx-based cooking collective Ghetto Gastro to create a jet-black eatery in Tokyo that will house immersive dining experiences. Set above a convenience store in the city’s Harajuku neighbourhood, Burnside is a casual restaurant by day and a bar and lounge by night. The space was designed with flexibility in

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Keiji Ashizawa uses “rough materials” to create cosy restaurant interior

January 24, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Concrete counter in Grillno restaurant interior by Keiji Ashizawa

Wood-wool cement-board walls and concrete tabletops feature in this Tokyo restaurant interior by Japanese architect Keiji Ashizawa. Located a few minutes walk from Kawaguchi station in one of Tokyo’s largest commuter towns, Grillno is a cosy, 26-seat restaurant that serves a menu of smoked and grilled dishes. Built on the second floor of a concrete

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Case-Real clads House in Higashi-Gotanda in galvanised steel panels

January 20, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
The steel-clad exterior of House in Higashi-Gotanda by Case-Real

Japanese architecture office Case-Real has completed a house on a compact site in Tokyo featuring galvanised steel cladding and a concealed rooftop terrace. Case-Real, a studio headed by Koichi Futatusmata and Yuki Ohnita, designed the two-storey residence to make optimal use of a 148-square-metre site in a quiet residential area of the city’s Higashi-Gotanda district.

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