Japanese Architecture

Exterior - Wall-less House in Nagano / Shigeru Ban
Japanese Architecture, Residential

Wall-less House in Nagano / Shigeru Ban

In 1997, Shigeru Ban completed the Wall-less House, also known as the House Without Walls. In this project, Ban creates a “universal floor,” a term coined by Robert Kronenberg in “Transportable Environments.”  Walls disappear, and only the essential elements for living remains. Each space is part of the “universal floor”: the floor of the restroom is the same used in…

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Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall (Tokyo Bunka Kaika / Kunio Maekawa
Cultural Architecture

Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan) / Kunio Maekawa

The Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan), designed by  Kunio Maekawa in 1957, opened in April 1961. The building was Japan’s first concert hall and was located in Tokyo’s Ueno Park. The heavy cornice and roof superstructures are reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s works, for whom Maekawa had previously worked. Directly adjacent to the hall stands the National Museum of…

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Architecture, Cultural Architecture

The Darling Exchange Library & Market / Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma completed his first building in Australia: a spiraling six-story structure at the heart of Sydney’s darling square district. The civic center is known as ‘The Darling Exchange’ and contains a library with spaces to support creative and technology startups; a ground floor market hall; a childcare center; and a rooftop bar with views over the neighboring park.

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Japan "Ordinary Backdrops" by Louise de Belle
Japanese Architecture

“Ordinary Backdrops” from Japan by Louise de Belle

Ordinary backdrops is a series of photographs by Louise de Belles that capture the beauty of the ordinary as well as commonplaces of Japanese cities that embrace imperfection. Ordinary :  adjective 1. With no special or distinctive features; normal. “he sets out to depict ordinary people” Ordinary Backdrops Photographs by Louis de Belle Work description by Louise de Belle Ordinary Backdrops is a photographic…

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