Posts Tagged ‘japan’

Izukougen House

Posted: May 20, 2011 by weldedgrass in Architecture, Design, Lifestyle
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atelier shinya miura: izukougen house

Wow!! What a stunner.. This beautiful home built in a forestall resort near the ocean, in Izu peninsula area, Tokyo, Japan, was designed for a couple by Japanese studio atelier shinya miura. Called, ‘izukougen house’. To maximise the connection between the interior and exterior, the house contains a series of voids and openings that connect interior and exterior environments.

“fitting onto a narrow strip of land, the design is carefully structured to maximise both the quality and efficiency of space. three internal courtyards govern the interior volume, and provide a sense of openness. extending through the ceiling, the voids act as light wells that flood the neutral interior spaces with natural light and ventilation. a long window on the east side of the dwelling provides a parallel view of the ocean in the distance, while breaking up the longitudinal form. a collection of variously sized windows dance around the rest of the structure, framing and optimising views of the lush garden and surrounding scenery.”

street view

street view

facade

facade

interior

interior

patio and dining area

patio and dining area

bedroom

bedroom

workshop

workshop

night shot

night shot

site plan and elevation

site plan and elevation

floor plan

floor plan

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Light Well Home

Posted: May 5, 2011 by weldedgrass in Architecture, Design, Lifestyle
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archi LAB. t+m: CNHN / a house with a light well

japanese practice archi LAB. t+m has created ‘CNHN’, a single family home located in sapporo, japan.

Another Japanese home, its becoming a trend here.. This one is called CNHN. I know what you’re thinking, that’s a weird name for a house, well it is, but this is architecture so deal with it! Architects have the right to be weird, just look at this place. In its enclosed and modest form, it just looks like an ordinary box, where the treasures lie inside. The house separates itself from the industrial environment with its “impenetrable” facade.

An internal void, draws light into the two story structure, positioned just between the facade and the main living space, this is the Light Well. The light well acts as a buffer between the exterior and interior, diffusing the light into the whole house.

“inside, changing light conditions alter the simple, neutral atmosphere as it transitions between direct and indirect sunlight. light and air circulate throughout the home, passing through voids in perpendicular surfaces and entering into private, secondary spaces.”

project info:

site area: 87.9 sq meters
building area: 38.1 sq meters
total floor area: 67.4 sq meters
structure: two storey building in wooden structure
construction: marushige akasaka construction

What can I say about this home? Well its certainly rather beautiful, but I have this niggling feeling that it will be too dark to live in, and with the lack of windows, cold as well. Not even mentioning ventilation. Look I could be wrong but this aint the one for me.

kitchen and dining area

kitchen and dining area

(left) view of entry hall from kitchen
(right) entry hall and stairway

(left) view of entry hall from kitchen
(right) entry hall and stairway

living room

living room

view of light well from living room

view of light well from living room

light well

light well

sky through light well

sky through light well

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sections

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UBIQ – Seamo Sneakers

Posted: April 20, 2011 by weldedgrass in Design, Fashion, Lifestyle, Merchandise, Sneakers
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Ok we’ve gone sneaker crazy this week, what with waxlyrical’s swizz beatz sneakers, my stussy and vans posts.

These guys here could be my fav thus far, the stussy’s are awesome but these are red!! Hehe.. I love red! And with a hint of yellow on the extra laces, footbed and outsole.

Japanese footwear imprint UBIQ teamed up with Japanese Hip Hop Artist Seamo, to create these bad boys, Fatima Mid.

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I love sneakers, I especially love unique sneaks and Vans Japan have come out with these very cool pack of sneakers, Era and Chukka. With vegetable tanned leather uppers and the outer soles come in clean white (seen here on the Chukka) and the contrasting green laces their unique and should be worn with caution and a sense of style. Lol!

For more info and where to get hold of these sneaks go to Highsnobiety

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Yamato Cho

Posted: April 13, 2011 by weldedgrass in Architecture, Design, Lifestyle
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‘yamato cho house’ by architect cafe
all images courtesy architect cafe

This home in Japan, was designed by Architect Cafe, situated in a very densely populated area. This three storey dwelling stands up high like a staggered wedding cake in the bustling, tight neighbourhood. The staggered nature of the house allows light to enter in through the ceiling, via roof windows.

The street front facade poses its darkly clad exterior, which enables the minimal views within. The garage, marked with vertical slats allows some of the street energy to travel inside and perceived from the inside.

The roof lights structure, a beam system, creates very bold and dramatic shadows when light travels in from the top into the living areas.

“an open rooftop patio is accessed through a small pavilion-like box on the top floor. fronted by glass, the staircase below benefits from further natural daylight.”

Ah the Japanese…

facade at night

facade at night

interior view of entrance

interior view of entrance

roof terrace

roof terrace

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long section

long section

front and side elevation

front and side elevation

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takeshi: limberup moscow for onitsuka tiger

Onitsuka Tiger has teamed up with new york based artist and art director Emeric ‘Takeshi’ Trahand, to create this visually stunning, 2011 european print campaign entitled the ‘limber up moscow project’.

Onitsuka Tiger and Takeshi have blended Japanese culture with seductive urban design styles.

“investigating and exploring nature and the results of
japanese and western crossovers..

the title of the project comes from the ‘limberup moscow’ footwear that was originally designed
as a training shoe for japanese athletes participating in the 1980 moscow olympics.”

Takeshi, represented these female training shoes by developing three prints depicting Japanese Ikebana flower arrangements as a symbol of feminine energy and achievements.

The updated ‘LimberUp Moscow’ comes in three versions: black with white stripes, blue with yellow stripes and white with red and black stripes.

I think these are absolutely amazingly beautiful prints. I love them.. And even though they are female sneakers.. They are ultra cool! Onitsuka Tigers have always been amazing sneaks. Love ’em!

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Hiedaira House by Thomas Daniell Studio

This concrete house in Hiedaira, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, by Kyoto firm Thomas Daniell Studio.

This beautiful concrete and glass home is absolutely stunning! i love this house. The Japanese have stolen my heart yet again.. I love the purity of the house, the bare concrete, the raw wood, and the large expansive glazing.

For a small family, bachelors or a sinlge pad it is perfect.. Plus it overlooks the beautiful Kyoto Mountain, sloped valley and amazing scenery. I love it.

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first floor

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For more info check outwww.dezeen.com