Behold, a simple and impressive use of real estate in Osaka. This pharmacy designed by the firms of ninkipen! and TKY JAPAN sits on a pre-WWII farm road. This previous life explains the narrowness of the lot and underlies the pleasant effect of narrow living. In addition to the ubiquitous Japanese simplicity of design, the incidental corridor-ness of the layout lends it an unexpected dynamism. Find out more at ArchDaily.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
To remodel, it seems, is a bit of a rarity within Japanese architecture. Consider yourself lucky, therefore, to take a gander at this 1920's update from Shimpei Oda. Conceived as a home and street-level gallery, Oda made natural light a priority, something seriously lacking amid the close-quarters of Kyoto's streets. Glimpses of the original beams lend the space a warmth seldom found in the sparsity associated with contemporary Japanese architecture and the steel-glazed storefront is a comforting nod to its early 20th century past. Read the whole article at dezeen.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Thursday, January 2, 2014
On the recently developed suburban island of Amsterdam IJburg sits the home of visual artists Joris Brouwers & Nicky Zwaan. Foregoing the usual architect and contractor, the duo took on the project almost entirely themselves, building from inside out to suit their own sensibilities. On top of creating warm, creative, modern spaces, they wanted to make their home sustainable: A pair of geo-thermal wells provide hot water for the home and natural clay coats the walls, helping to regulate the humidity. It's not surprising that the couple personally identifies with the house, having the fairly unique opportunity to live in a space they themselves conceived of and built. Go to Freunde von Freunden to read the whole interview!