Japanese cherry blossoms inform Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch design

Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch Tokujin Yoshioka aluminium


The 2020 Olympic torch has been unveiled ahead of next year’s Games in Tokyo, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka to resemble the cherry blossom flower. Read more


Tokyo 2020 unveils Olympic Games pictograms that nod to 1964 originals

Tokyo 2020 pictograms designed by Masaaki Hiromura


Tokyo 2020 has unveiled a set of 50 retro-style sport pictograms that pay homage to the icons introduced at the first Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Read more


Kengo Kuma designs building for Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo

Exterior of Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo, desinged by Kengo Kuma


Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has teamed up with Starkbucks on a coffee house featuring origami-like ceilings and trails of cherry blossoms, designed to offer customers a more theatrical experience. Read more


Shigeru Ban Designs a Sinuous, Restorative Retreat in Japan’s Woodlands

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/shigeru-ban-designs-a-sinuous-restorative-retreat-in-japans-woodlands/shishi-iwa-shigeru-ban/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/03/shishi-iwa-shigeru-ban-810x540.jpg" alt="Shigeru Ban Designs a Sinuous, Restorative Retreat in Japan&#8217;s Woodlands" /></a>
                                An hour away from Tokyo, in Karuizawa, Japan, Pritzker Prize winning architect <a href="http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Shigeru Ban</a> has designed a boutique hotel surrounded by woodlands for the ultimate luxury escape. The 10-room <a href="http://www.shishiiwahouse.jp/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Shishi-Iwa House</a> has shaded courtyards, a library, a 250-tree garden and community spaces to create “a restorative retreat that reinforces the relationship between nature, architecture and human connection.”

The estate is made up of three two-stores terrace villas that are designed to encourage a continuous flow of spaces and amenities. Large timber-framed glass doors at the entrance lead guests into a double-height reception area and library space that continuous into an outdoor garden.

The gabled roof runs a sinuous curve around the woodlands, emphasizing the outdoor spaces and natural views.

All of the ground floor rooms open directly to the garden, while the rooms above have a private balcony.

Shigeru Ban is widely known for his use of cardboard. Here,

Continue reading “Shigeru Ban Designs a Sinuous, Restorative Retreat in Japan’s Woodlands”

Shigeru Ban Designs a Sinuous, Restorative Retreat in Japan’s Woodlands

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/shigeru-ban-designs-a-sinuous-restorative-retreat-in-japans-woodlands/shishi-iwa-shigeru-ban/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/03/shishi-iwa-shigeru-ban-810x540.jpg" alt="Shigeru Ban Designs a Sinuous, Restorative Retreat in Japan&#8217;s Woodlands" /></a>
                                An hour away from Tokyo, in Karuizawa, Japan, Pritzker Prize winning architect <a href="http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Shigeru Ban</a> has designed a boutique hotel surrounded by woodlands for the ultimate luxury escape. The 10-room <a href="http://www.shishiiwahouse.jp/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Shishi-Iwa House</a> has shaded courtyards, a library, a 250-tree garden and community spaces to create “a restorative retreat that reinforces the relationship between nature, architecture and human connection.”

The estate is made up of three two-stores terrace villas that are designed to encourage a continuous flow of spaces and amenities. Large timber-framed glass doors at the entrance lead guests into a double-height reception area and library space that continuous into an outdoor garden.

The gabled roof runs a sinuous curve around the woodlands, emphasizing the outdoor spaces and natural views.

All of the ground floor rooms open directly to the garden, while the rooms above have a private balcony.

Shigeru Ban is widely known for his use of cardboard. Here,

Continue reading “Shigeru Ban Designs a Sinuous, Restorative Retreat in Japan’s Woodlands”

Takeshi Hosaka – House in Kozukue, Yokohama 2017. Photos…

Takeshi HosakaHouse in Kozukue, Yokohama 2017. Photos © Koji Fuji.

Yuko Nagayama – Bright window apartment building, Tokyo 2016….

Yuko NagayamaBright window apartment building, Tokyo 2016. Photos © Nobutada Omote.

image
image
image
image
image
image

Ryuji Fujimura – Apartment S, Tokyo 2011. Photos © Takumi Ota.

Ryuji FujimuraApartment S, Tokyo 2011. Photos © Takumi Ota.

Ryuji Fujimura – Apartment S, Tokyo 2011. Photos © Takumi Ota.

Ryuji FujimuraApartment S, Tokyo 2011. Photos © Takumi Ota.

Shigeru Ban designs boutique hotel that winds through woodland in Japan

Shishi-Iwa House boutique hotel by Shigeru Ban in Karuizawa, Japan


A “seamless flow” of spaces including a library, 250-tree garden and a shared social space form the heart of the Shigeru Ban-designed Shishi-Iwa House boutique hotel in Japan. Read more


Ryuji Fujimura – Subaru nursery school, Fukuoka 2018. Photos…

Ryuji FujimuraSubaru nursery school, Fukuoka 2018. Photos © Takumi Ota.

Jun Igarashi – Folded corridor shop, cafe, and house, Kitami…

Jun Igarashi – Folded corridor shop, cafe, and house, Kitami City 2018. Via architecturephoto, photos © Sayaka Sasaki.

Katsutoshi Sasaki – T house, Toyota 2017. Photos © the…

Katsutoshi SasakiT house, Toyota 2017. Photos © the architects.

image
image
image
image
image
image
image

Tsubame Architects – Kamikeindai house, Tokyo 2018. Photos…

Tsubame Architects – Kamikeindai house, Tokyo 2018. Photos © Nakamura Tasu.

Ushijima Architects – K house, Fujisawa City 2018. Photos ©…

Ushijima ArchitectsK house, Fujisawa City 2018. Photos © Tomooki Kengaku.

Schemata Architects completes industrial-style pop-up store for Hay

Hay pop-up store in Tokyo, designed by Schemata Architects/Jo Nagasaka


Scaffold-like partition walls and timber display units appear inside this pop-up store that Schemata Architects has designed for Danish homeware brand Hay. Read more


Japanese space research centre will be suspended over moon-like crater

Avatar x Lab by Clouds Architecture Office

Clouds Architecture Office’s concept designs for the Avatar X space exploration campus in Japan, will have a robotics research centre suspended over an man-made crater. Read more

Tokyo’s Inua restaurant blends Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics

Inua restaurant by OEO Studio

OEO Studio has referenced Danish cabinetry and Japanese gardens for the design of new Tokyo restaurant Inua, which is headed up by an ex-Noma chef. Read more

Japanese designers say they have to work abroad to be respected at home

Japanese designers say they have to work abroad to be respected at home

Designers in Japan can only get the plaudits they deserve in their home country by first seeking success abroad, according to participants at design festival Designart Tokyo. Read more

Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima and Sou Fujimoto donate works to auction for disaster-relief charity Home for All

Leading Japanese architects have offered up drawings, models and other original works to raise funds for Home for All, the non-profit organisation set up by Toyo Ito following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Read more