Designed by id inc., the SUMIYOSHIDO kampo lounge brings back memories of old-fashioned Japanese pharmacies. Pale mint coloured cabinets are stacked along walls to create a space for healing but also one where customers can learn about oriental medicine. Open drawers are used to display herbal samples where visitors can get a feel for aroma and texture. From id inc.:… [Read More]
Tokyo-based architect Takaharu Tezuka has designed the Fuji Kindergarten back in 2007 as a village where everything is designed to encourage children to fully explore and learn. In this TED talk the architect takes us through a design process that really lets kids be kids.
TED Ideas and Marc Kushner, author of “The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings,” present a tour of Ark Nova in Matshusima, Japan. Designed by Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor, this inflatable and mobile concert hall is made of a stretchy plastic membrane that brings both art and hope to earthquake-devastated Japan. The 500-seat venue… [Read More]
Facing extremely narrow site conditions, FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects designed a house that is only 2.7 meters wide, and 27 meters long. Located in Shiga, Japan, the limitations of the site are reflected in the interior space planning of the house, where most rooms have been arranged in a linear sequence. The internal space features a… [Read More]
FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects designed an affordable house in a residential neighbourhood in the city of Shiga, Japan. Situated among old and new constructions, the Teneful House features an understated facade that blends within the surrounding, yet keeps a unique appearance. Keeping the budget in mind, the architects created a house that is enhanced by its… [Read More]
Nana’s Green Tea is a Japanese teahouse chain that is trying to reinvent the image of the traditional drink, and introducing “a new form of Japan” to the world through “matcha” (a powdered green tea). The company’s intention is to move away from traditional “Japanese style tea rooms” and create a more contemporary one. With… [Read More]