Old toilets become London cafes

Oct 9, 2014

Old toilets become London cafes

With spiraling land prices turning even the darkest corners of London into potential gold mines, the city’s forgotten spaces — including 19th-century public toilets — are blossoming into restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Many Victorian urinals remained abandoned for decades after World War II. But ...

Tokyo's tiny capsules of architectural flair

Oct 3, 2014

Tokyo's tiny capsules of architectural flair

by Katie Forster

Every night in Tokyo, the few remaining residents of the Nakagin Capsule Tower bed down to sleep in the once-futuristic white pods they call home. Unlike the tiny, coffin-like cabins of Japan’s numerous capsule hotels, where office workers who have missed the last train ...

Susumu Shingu knows which way the wind blows

Oct 2, 2014

Susumu Shingu knows which way the wind blows

by Mio Yamada

Less than five minutes into conversation, Susumu Shingu’s wife, Yasuko, pulls out a large binder crammed with photographs, sketches and drawings and starts flipping through images of her husband’s most recent sculptures. “I work for him,” she says with a big smile. “All the ...

Kanazawa City: the architecture of tea

Sep 6, 2014

Kanazawa City: the architecture of tea

by Stephen Mansfield

One of the first things you see as you exit Kanazawa Station is a giant brass sculpture of a teapot sunken drunkenly into a mound of grass or, depending on your interpretation, tilting to fill a cup of the refreshing green brew the city ...

Japanese architects sell lifestyle on a global stage

Aug 8, 2014

Japanese architects sell lifestyle on a global stage

by Yuri Kageyama

A new generation of Japanese architects is scoring success by reinterpreting the past. Unlike their predecessors, who modernized Japan with Western-style edifices, they talk of fluidly defining space with screens, blending it with nature, taking advantage of earthy materials and incorporating natural light — ...

'Takehiko Inoue interprets Gaudi's Universe'

Jul 10, 2014

'Takehiko Inoue interprets Gaudi's Universe'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) left behind an unrivaled legacy of Modernist architecture — Casa Vicens, Casa Mila, the famous unfinished basilica Sagrada Familia and many more unusual structures. His imaginative, often colorful works inspired other architects and artists, and continues to do so today. As ...