Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:46

House K by Sou Fujimoto

Sou Fujimoto places a typically ingenious family house with a dramatic sloping roof on a tricky suburban site. 

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Thursday, 05 September 2013 14:25

Sou Fujimoto: Serpentine Pavilion 2013

Sou Fujimoto’s structure in Kensington Gardens leaves us yearning for more permanent realisations of his utopian architectural vision

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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:26

Profile: reconstructing post-disaster Japan

Two years have passed since Japan was hit by a tsunami. Since then, architects and designers have volunteered their skills and expertise to help rebuild communities and make plans for the future.

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Monday, 25 June 2012 09:58

Toda House by Kimihiko Okada

Kimihiko Okada’s winding, modernist, hilltop house on stilts towers over its neighbours in a distinctly dull suburb of Hiroshima.

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Thursday, 01 March 2012 15:57

Metabolism, the City of the Future

A tale of postwar visionaries has a lot to say to post-earthquake Japan, says Julian Worrall.

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Thursday, 01 March 2012 15:23

Six of the Best: Julian Worrall

What were the cultural highlights of 2011? Icon asks nine international critics, curators and experts to select their half-dozen stand-out moments in architecture, design and art.

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Monday, 17 October 2011 10:37

Omishima museum by Toyo Ito

The architect Toyo Ito’s gallery for his own work on the Japanese island of Omishima is poignant, mysterious and far from self-aggrandising.

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Thursday, 18 August 2011 11:25

Rainbow Bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux

The facade of Emmanuelle Moureaux’s design for a Tokyo bank layers planes of colour to draw the eye up from a nondescript suburban street.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 16:40

Tokyo after the quake

The earthquake on 11 March revealed how easily the fragile networks of buildings, communications and people that make up the modern city can be pulled apart. Now, in the Japanese capital, ghostly symbols warn of electricity shortages and the street lights and neon signs seldom come on.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:18

SN House by Atelier A5

Tokyo practice Atelier A5 has taken a pragmatic approach to the city’s restrictive building codes with a ziggurat-style family home that reclaims every available inch of space for the private realm.

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Thursday, 04 August 2011 10:17

Sensing Nature

Contemplative calm or messy complexity? Two artists and a designer probe Japan’s special relationship with the natural world in this show at the Mori.

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A billionaire philanthropist’s installation seamlessly fuses art, architecture and nature on the Japanese island of Naoshima.

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010 16:39

Sou Fujimoto's Tokyo Apartment

It is hard to imagine a more literal image of high density dwelling than this, the Tokyo Apartment–Sou Fujimoto’s latest building.

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010 13:51

China's World Expo

One image is ubiquitous on the construction hoardings, billboards and plastic shopping bags in Shanghai these days – the tiered silhouette of the China Pavilion at the Expo 2010.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2009 19:34

Chiaki Arai's Ofunato Civic Centre

Chiaki Arai's astonishing concrete grottos.

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