hojo-an pavillion

it is one of the fundamental believes of buddhism that any accumulation of things is meaningless, since things themselves are not permanent. the japanese art of making tee does not celebrate permanence and duration, but refers to the impermanence of all things and human being.

in his work “hojo-ki”, the monk and poet kamo chomei (1155-1216) describes his small hut, which he had built as a retreat in the mountains near kyoto. his simple habitation was understood by kamo no chomei as a constructive symbol of his ascetic world view, which emerged from the idea of the impermanence of all his. the monk accommodation should not be solid, but rather fragile and transient and therefore consists of perishable materials. disassembled into its components, the habitation should fit into a box that the monk could take on his journey.

in 2012, on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of kamo no chomei, the japanese architect kuma kengo designed the pavillon hojo-an as a tribute to the famous monk. the pavilion was originally located in the shimogamo shrine in kyoto. like kamo no chomei, the kuma kengo pavilion is removable. the floor, walls and roof are each made up of three layers of foil reinforced by wooden slats and joined together by magnetic connections.

gps: no permanent location

architect: kuma kengo

completed: 2012

photo: 17/11/04

 

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minimal house prototype-concept itakura cottage project

after the great earthquake of 1923, the japanese anthropologist wajiro kon accompanies people who have lost their belongings and homes. he watches them as they live in public places provisionally. wajiro kon captures the behavior of his fellow human beings in precise, naturalistic drawings, which he adds with inscriptions that provide information about the social and spatial context.

momoyo kaijima and yoshiharu tsukamoto are partners of the architectural studio atelier bow-wow. they recognized very early the outstanding importance of wajiro kons notations and used and developed their methods for their own analyzes and designs. for the homeless people of the tohuku region, the studio bow-wow has designed an emergency shelter. the prototype, which was presented to the public for the first time as part of an exhibition at the “neues museum” in nuremberg, was conceived in collaboration with craftsmen from the disaster region. the structure exudes the smell of japanese cedar wood, but seems unfinished. the building invites its inhabitants to make it the personal home.

gps: no permanent location

architect: atelier bow-wow

completed: 2016

photo: 17/11/04

 

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shibaura house

shibaura house by kazuyo sejima is a multi-storey building with flexible workshop rooms in shibaura district in tokyo. the building offers different rooms on several “terraces” and can be used for many different functions and activities, such as meetings, conferences, evening events, lectures or exhibitions. the steel and glass construction is perforated from terraces to the outside and offers a high degree of daylight in every room.

gps: 35.64215, 139.7485 / code: japtok0046

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: kazuyo seijima

completed: 2011

photo: 17/01/13

 

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archi-depot

in tokyo´s shinagawa district, archi-depot opened as museum dedicated to the storage and display of contemporary japanese architectural models. like “pigments” (see below) this museum was created by the company “warehouse terrada”. the museum offers rows and rows of miniature designs. many of the projects shown were realized.

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gps: 35.62092, 139.74872 / code: japtok0136

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: unknown

completed: 2015

photo: 17/01/13

 

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pigments

the painting supply store “pigment” features a huge selection of more than 4,200 different pigments,  paintbrushes, ink sticks and traditional japanese paper. this store is run by the warehouse company terrada and is part of a programme to convert the companies` warehouses in the shinagawa area into design shops, museums, galleries and restaurants. the selection of suppy goods is as amazing as the store’s interior design by architect kengo kuma. kuma created an open space framed by waves of bamboo sticks which both have an exquisite and welcoming appearance.

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gps: 35.62124, 139.7494 / code: japtok0219

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: kuma kengo

completed: 2015

photo: 17/01/13

 

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abeno harukas

japan railway’s kintetsu corporation built the skyscraper as a hub for various railway terminals. the 60-storey building became the tallest skyscraper in the country at 300m height. the skyscraper has a total floor space of 306,000m² and provides direct connections to the kansai international airport and the osaka international airport.the building also includes observatory decks, a museum, a university, a hotel, a department store, restaurants, retail spaces and offices.

gps: 34.64563, 135.51444 / code: without

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location: japan, osaka

architect: cesar pelli

completed: 2014

photo: 17/01/12

 

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