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In one of Tokyo’s densest neighborhoods Ryue Nishizawa has built House & Garden, a four-story study-residence for two writer-editors. The intention of the architect – Kazuyo Sejima’s partner in SANAA – was to come up with a transparent and totally permeable building. Rooms are joined with gardens, blurring the lines between interior and exterior, and spaces are fragmented. Climate comfort is achieved through fine glass walls placed at strategic places and with rails and curtains organizing everyday life. In an urban environment where lighting conditions are not ideal, the building seeks to bring in as much sunlight as possible by interspersing gardens with roofs on all floors, and creates a plant screen that protects the privacy of the inhabitants while allowing in daylight. / photographed by Iwaan Baan

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Yakisugi House (Charcoal House), a residence located in Nagano, Japan designed by Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori and photographed by Edmund Sumner / The building is clad in charred cedar that was smoked in eight-metre lengths. Due to the length of timber used, the material warped during this process and the resulting gaps in the facade are filled with plaster. (via dezeen)

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Lightness of Being

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The Silk Vortices of Japanese artist Akiko Ikeuchi / delicately crafted string sculptures constructed from extremely delicate silk threads, and despite the chaotic appearance are each based on precise plans blueprinting the complex internal framework.

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We are rounding things up

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The wonderful Teshima Art Museum with its open gallery space featuring a 25cm thick concrete shell with two elliptical openings open to the elements, designed by Tokyo-based architect Ryue Nishizawa and Japanese artist Rei Naito opened in 2010 for the Setouchi International Art Festival in the Takamatsu Port area of Japan.  / photographs by Iwan Baan

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A house within a house

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‘Ant-house’ – a small house designed like an “Ant’s nest” out of timber in Shizuoka, Japan, by mA-style architects. A large cube enclosing an open space forming sub-spaces that resemble a nest. Photographs by Kai Nakamura.

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We got confused

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Fantastic series of photographs from the book ‘Junction’ by Japanese photographer Ken Ohyama documenting very large and complex concrete highway junctions in and around Tokyo, Japan / see more of his work on flickr

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Tangled up

chiharushiotainsilence2 When I first set my eyes on Japan-born, Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota's work, I wasn't sure if I was looking at an installation or a dark charcoal illustration. Though the piece echoes sketch-like imagery, it is in fact an installation piece involving a burnt piano in a room ravaged by black wool. The work known as In Silence is inspired by Shiota's own traumatic memories as a child, having witnessed her neighbor's house burn down. The charred piano is a direct memory of her neighbor's grand piano blazed up in smoke.  There is a melancholic aura that hovers throughout the incinerated room filled with singed furniture. The miles of thread woven in, around, and through each item within the space adds a feeling of entrapment. The way it engulfs the room's furnishings encapsulates the destructive and overwhelming nature of flames that have possessed one's material properties.

chiharu shiota - In silence installation When I first set my eyes on Japan-born, Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota's work, I wasn't sure if I was looking at an installation or a dark charcoal illustration. Though the piece echoes sketch-like imagery, it is in fact an installation piece involving a burnt piano in a room ravaged by black wool. The work known as In Silence is inspired by Shiota's own traumatic memories as a child, having witnessed her neighbor's house burn down. The charred piano is a direct memory of her neighbor's grand piano blazed up in smoke.  There is a melancholic aura that hovers throughout the incinerated room filled with singed furniture. The miles of thread woven in, around, and through each item within the space adds a feeling of entrapment. The way it engulfs the room's furnishings encapsulates the destructive and overwhelming nature of flames that have possessed one's material properties.

Photography of an installation created by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota.

/// The installation, named ” In Silence”, was inspired by one of the artist’s personal traumatic memories as a child, having witnessed her neighbor’s house burning down. The pieces tangled up in black thread are echoing a sketch-like imagery and the burnt piano is in fact a direct memory of the artist, as it resembles her neighbor’s piano blazed up in smoke.

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