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Takuro Yamamoto’S White Cave House and the snows of Kanazawa

05-11-2014

Takuro Yamamoto’S White Cave House and the snows of Kanazawa

Takuro Yamamoto has designed a home in Kanazawa, a Japanese city renowned for its copious snowfalls and piercing cold. An L-shaped white cave is carved out of the volume of the home to shelter the path from the snow and ensure privacy.

Shigeru Ban: villa in Sengokubara, Hakone (Japan)

09-04-2014

Shigeru Ban: villa in Sengokubara, Hakone (Japan)

Shigeru Ban designed the villa in Sengokubara in the style of Japanese contemporary architecture. The home is made entirely out of wood, a material the architect is particularly fond of, and its form takes advantage of the site’s flagpole shape. The home is closed off from its surroundings, with the rooms arranged in a radial manner around the interior courtyard.

Tsukano architects: house without windows in Japan

04-12-2013

Tsukano architects: house without windows in Japan

Michiya Tsukano’s residential project, which won a special mention in Floornature’s 2013 Next Landmark International Architecture Contest, underlines the clear distinction between the interior of the home and the city outside. The outdoor space is completely redesigned within the walls, shutting out all visual and acoustic elements that could disturb the inhabitants of the home in this inhospitable city landscape.

Murakaji: architecture and landscape in Irimote

02-10-2013

Murakaji: architecture and landscape in Irimote

The winners of the second international Next Landmark contest, held by Floornature to draw attention to the work of young architects all over the world, are Shoko and Naoto Murakaji, whose residential building on the Japanese island of Irimote interacts with the landscape around it. Materials have been chosen carefully to respond to the demands of the location, and the form of the construction ensures that the building’s natural surroundings can communicate with it.

Halo Architects: Sami Cultural Centre in Inari (Finland)

18-09-2013

Halo Architects: Sami Cultural Centre in Inari (Finland)

An expression of the Sami people, the cultural centre in Inari, Finland, designed by Halo Architects, has an organic shape that fits into the landscape with respect. This contemporary work of architecture is adapted to the landscape thanks to a layout of complex design which takes into account the presence of the old trees and the glass façade with handcrafted wooden cladding.

Ogawa: nature and architecture in the house with trees in Kagawa

05-06-2013

Ogawa: nature and architecture in the house with trees in Kagawa

Young architect Hironaka Ogawa has designed an expansion for a home in his city, Kagawa in Japan, with two big trees in the centre which are a part of the historic heritage of the site on which the home stands. The home is a sanctuary of memories dedicated to the trees, which were cut down to build the expansion but incorporated in the construction, exactly in their original places but inside the new building, to guard the spirit of the place.

Naf architect: leftover concrete home

19-09-2012

Naf architect: leftover concrete home

Drawing inspiration from the spontaneous dwellings built on beaches and on riversides, the holiday home in Etajima, Japan, designed by Tetsuya Nakazono of naf architect & design is made from cement blocks using leftover building concrete. Meaning that even non-recyclable material can be used for sustainable building.

Koji Kakiuchi: A wooden shelter in Nara

02-05-2012

Koji Kakiuchi: A wooden shelter in Nara

Combining local materials with references to the Shintoist tradition, Japanese architect Koji Kakiuchi designed and built a shelter in a stand of trees in the town of Nara which blends into the landscape and becomes an integral part of it. His purpose is contemplation of the vegetation and the search for a sustainable relationship between contemporary architecture and nature.

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