Tag - architecture



In order to emphasize its grandeur, architect Gonkuro Kume designed the entrance hall of Nikko Kanaya Hotel's Annex Building with "karahafu" curved gables.
Jul 10, 2024
Nikko Kanaya Hotel: A gateway to the art of Meiji Japan in the hills of Tochigi
Over 150 years on, the structure stands as a remarkable example of Japanese art and architecture in an era known for rapid modernization.
Fumihiko Maki was among a team who designed the 72-story 4 World Trade Center building in New York constructed after the World Trade Center collapsed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Jun 12, 2024
Renowned Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki dies at 95
The Pritzker Prize winner was considered one of the most prominent global architects of his generation.
Carpenters and others in traditional attire perform a ritual in Naha on Monday to mark the completion of the framework of Shuri Castle's main hall.
May 27, 2024
Ceremony held for restoration of Shuri Castle in Okinawa
Carpenters and others dressed in traditional attire performed a ritual to mark the installation of the ridge beam on the roof.
In about a year, Wormann has taken four Tokyo "akiya" (abandoned homes) under his wing — three in Sangenjaya and the most recent in Shin-Nakano.
May 27, 2024
The Swede bringing ‘Japandi’ style to Tokyo’s abandoned homes
The 86-year-old building Wormann acquired in Sengenjaya came with not only a degraded structure but also termite damage throughout.
Designed by architect Akira Watanabe, Numazu Club’s villa rooms offer views of a tranquil pebble-lined shallow pool that draws clear spring water from Fuji River.
LIFE / Travel
May 25, 2024
Meditation as architecture at a Shizuoka teahouse turned villa
Whether you meditate by the crystal-clear pool or enjoy a dip in a "hinoki" bath, you're bound to appreciate Numazu Club's original vision: a sanctuary from modern life.
A view of Matazo Kayama’s folding screen paintings reproduced on ceramic panels by Otsuka Ohmi Ceramics, displayed at Simose Art Museum.
May 11, 2024
Art and architecture come together at Simose Art Museum
Tradition and innovation converge at Shimose Art Museum. For it first anniversary, the venue is spotlighting trailblazer nihonga artist Matazo Kayama.
Held April 19 to 21 and organized by the nonprofit organization Kominka Japan, the Minka Summit bridges architectural tradition with contemporary possibilities.
LIFE / Style & Design
Apr 16, 2024
Minka Summit returns for third year of home design, talks and more
The Minka Summit showcases Japan's traditional homes amid modern crises and a steady build in interest.
Public restrooms designed by Shigeru Ban
JAPAN / Society
Mar 24, 2024
Revamped public toilets tours give visitors unique view of Tokyo
Participants involved in the project include some of Japan's most well-known architects, including Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban and Toyo Ito.
Built for two artists, Ishii House is a simple, rectangular timber structure with a double-height window facing the veranda.
LIFE / Style & Design
Mar 16, 2024
Architecture of community won Riken Yamamoto the Pritzker Prize
Unlike many other laureates, Yamamoto is not a household name. But his work and approach have long been admired within the Japanese architectural scene.
Riken Yamamoto is the ninth Japanese architect to receive the Pritzker Prize in the award’s 45-year history.
Mar 5, 2024
Riken Yamamoto awarded Pritzker Prize for architecture
Riken Yamamoto is the ninth Japanese architect to receive the honor, making the nation again the country with the most Pritzker laureates.
A couple takes a commemorative photo in front of Hilltop Hotel in Tokyo on Monday, the final day before its closure for an undetermined period.
Feb 13, 2024
Hilltop Hotel in Tokyo beloved by famous writers temporarily closes
Hilltop Hotel closed for an undetermined period due to the run-down condition of its 87-year-old building.
Manga illustrations displayed in a room of the renovated Former Residence of Theodora Ozaki in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward on Thursday
Feb 9, 2024
Tokyo building from Meiji Era to reopen as manga attraction
After renovations, the building will open as a facility with a gallery exhibiting original manga copies and illustrations.
The rubble of a house that collapse due to the New Year's Day earthquake, in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture
Feb 3, 2024
Central Japan cities hit hard by quake had high rate of old homes
In Suzu, 65% of residences were built before 1981 when the country's seismic standards were significantly upgraded.
Masaki Sato, who owns an 85-year-old property in the Akasaki district of Shika, Ishikawa Prefecture, walks in the district on Saturday after a major earthquake struck the Noto region on New Year's Day.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 8, 2024
Still standing: Unique houses survive quake in Japanese village
Despite a magnitude 7.6 quake only kilometers away, one small fishing village stood strong thanks to decades-old smart architecture.
The iconic structure with its shell-shaped roof at Bennelong Point in Sydney is a source of immense pride for many Australians.
Dec 27, 2023
Yuzo Mikami: The unsung hero behind the Sydney Opera House
On the building's 50th anniversary, those with memories and knowledge of the Japanese architect say recognition of his achievements is long-overdue.
Mori Building CEO Shingo Tsuji speaks during an interview in Tokyo on Nov. 30.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 15, 2023
Mori’s CEO eyeing the next Roppongi Hills, casino resort in Tokyo
The real estate developer behind the towers that have reshaped central Tokyo’s skyline isn’t done yet.
The new spire is being reconstructed to be identical to the original one that was destroyed in a fire in April 2019. The Notre Dame Cathedral is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 8, 2024.
WORLD / Society
Dec 11, 2023
After toppling in the 2019 fire, Notre Dame’s spire rises again
French President Emmanuel Macron had vowed to rebuild the site within five years after a fire gutted it in 2019.
The undulating structure of the Garden Plaza in Azabudai Hills in Tokyo is designed to showcase diverse greenery as well as act as an antidote to boxlike architecture.
Nov 24, 2023
In photos: Tokyo’s new 'city within a city'
Mori's new Hills complex aims to challenge the traditional vision of hard-edged city living with beveled curves and green terraces.
Azabudai Hills in Tokyo's Minato Ward on Friday
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Nov 24, 2023
With Azabudai Hills complex, Mori aims to transform Tokyo again
The developer has looked to rectify the capital's perceived weaknesses in a bid to make it more competitive against the likes of London and New York.
Port Plus is a training and education facility in Yokohama built by and for general contractor Obayashi, a storied Japanese builder that traces its roots back to 1892.
Nov 16, 2023
Wooden high-rise in Yokohama grows Japan’s timber ambitions
Port Plus, which was finished last year, is composed mainly of 540 wooden rigid cross-joints.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals