Sou Fujimoto places a typically ingenious family house with a dramatic sloping roof on a tricky suburban site.
Sou Fujimoto’s structure in Kensington Gardens leaves us yearning for more permanent realisations of his utopian architectural vision
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.
Kimihiko Okada’s winding, modernist, hilltop house on stilts towers over its neighbours in a distinctly dull suburb of Hiroshima.
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.
The architect Toyo Ito’s gallery for his own work on the Japanese island of Omishima is poignant, mysterious and far from self-aggrandising.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A billionaire philanthropist’s installation seamlessly fuses art, architecture and nature on the Japanese island of Naoshima.
It is hard to imagine a more literal image of high density dwelling than this, the Tokyo Apartment–Sou Fujimoto’s latest building.
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.