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Nikken Sekkei’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre celebrates timber construction

September 22, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Ariake Gymnastics Centre by Nikken Sekke

One of the largest timber-framed roofs in the world spans 90 metres over the arena of the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo, designed by Japanese practice Nikken Sekkei for the delayed 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The structure, located a short distance from Tokyo’s centre in Koto City, was originally unveiled in 2019 and has been

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Kiyoaki Takeda designs Tsuruoka House to accommodate both people and plants

August 30, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Tsuruoka House in Tokyo by Kiyoaki Takeda Architects

Japanese studio Kiyoaki Takeda Architects has completed a plant-covered house in Tokyo featuring vaulted slabs filled with soil for growing plants. Kiyoaki Takeda, founder of Kiyoaki Takeda Architects, designed the Tsuruoka House after reading an article in the scientific journal Nature explaining that the mass of human-made objects had now exceeded that of all living biomass.

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Kazoo Sato designs hemispherical public toilet for Tokyo

August 29, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Tokyo Toilet by Kazoo Sato

Designer Kazoo Sato has created a public toilet that uses voice commands to control functions including the door, toilet flush, taps and ambient music as part of the Tokyo Toilet project. Situated in Nanago Dori Park in the heart of Tokyo’s Shibuya financial district, the design of the hemispherical toilet was led by TBWA\HAKUHODO advertising

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Anti-microbial ceramic surfaces by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces used across Tokyo office interior

August 20, 2021 Dezeen staff 0
Fiandre Architectural Surfaces Urban acri

Dezeen promotion: Matteo Belfiore Architecture and Shukoh have used anti-microbial ceramic surfaces by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces across the interior of a new headquarters for a cyber company in Tokyo, Japan. Fiandre Architectural Surfaces is an Italian surface manufacturer that specialises in creating ceramic surfaces for use in architecture projects. Matteo Belfiore Architecture and Shukoh used

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Kashiwa Sato creates “pure white toilet” in Tokyo

August 3, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Ebisu Station Tokyo Toilet by Kashiwa Sato

Graphic designer Kashiwa Sato has built a public toilet wrapped in white aluminium louvres alongside Ebisu station in central Tokyo, Japan. Built as the latest addition to the Tokyo Toilet project, which will see 17 facilities designed by leading architects and designers built in the city, Sato’s block stands outside a busy station. Sato, who

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Not Architects Studio encloses terraces with metal mesh at Weather House

July 31, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
A house covered in metal mesh

Screens made from metal mesh wrap around two sides of this house in Tokyo, Japan. Weather House was designed by Not Architects Studio for a corner site in Tokyo’s Shinagawa district. The plot is situated between a large park in front and a smaller park to the side, which are connected by a walkway that

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Kengo Kuma’s Japan National Stadium is the centrepiece of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

July 28, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
The wooden exterior of Japan National Stadium

Cedar panels clad the eaves of the 68,000-seat Japan National Stadium, which Japanese studio Kengo Kuma and Associates designed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The structure in Tokyo’s Meiji-Jingu Park by Kengo Kuma and Associates with Taisei Corporation and Azusa Sekkei Co hosted the games’ opening ceremony last week and is set to host the track and field

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Stüssy’s Shibuya store interior by Perron-Roettinger draws upon the clothing brand’s surfing roots

July 25, 2021 Ali Morris 0
Stüssy Shibuya store by Perron-Roettinger

Woven grass “Tiki Totems”, timber frameworks and bold geometric shapes that recall surf culture make up Los Angeles-based design studio Perron-Roettinger’s latest store for clothing brand Stüssy in Tokyo. Called the Stüssy Shibuya Chapter, the store is located on a corner plot in the city’s bustling Shibuya ward. Perron-Roettinger, founded by Willo Perron and Brian

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Olympic Village Plaza built using 40,000 pieces of donated Japanese timber

July 23, 2021 James Parkes 0
Olympic Village Plaza has wooden beams

Tokyo studio Nikken Sekkei has designed a timber communal building at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games’ athletes village, which was built using 40,000 pieces of Japanese wood. The temporary structure, which will serve as the central meeting place for athletes within the Olympic Village, contains a cafe, bank, medical spaces, lounges, hair salons, retail spaces and a

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Dezeen’s guide to the architecture of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

July 22, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Olympic architecture

As the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games kicks off, we round up the most architecturally significant venues including buildings by Japanese architects Kengo Kuma, Kenzo Tange and Fumihiko Maki. The centrepiece of the coronavirus-delayed 2020 Olympic Games is the new 68,000 capacity Japan National Stadium designed by Kuma. The stadium is one of only a handful of venues built specifically for the Games,

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