Articles on Japan

Frederiksberg Kindergarten by COBE. Photo Rasmus Hjortshøj
 

Mark A-to-Z : K is for Kindergarten Schools

Although school may be out right now, we can still dream of naps and playtime in these five projects that bring out the kid in us all. 

Mark A-to-Z: J is for Japanese Houses
 

Mark A-to-Z: J is for Japanese Houses

The quirky designs of modern housing in Japan undeniably grab our attention time and again. Here are five of our favourites.

Out Now: Mark #69
Out Now: Mark #69
Mark A-to-Z: H is for Health
 

Mark A-to-Z: H is for Health

From dental clinics to hospices, Mark has picked five projects that cater to the needs of the healthcare industry.

Mark A-to-Z: C is for Concrete
 

Mark A-to-Z: C is for Concrete

We take a look at five projects that have benefited from the qualities of concrete as a durable resource for family residences, public buildings and tiny houses.

Ajiroen Shop by Tyrant Inc. Photos Tomoki Hirokawa
 

Tyrant Inc challenges anxiety by creating tension

TOKYO – A shop for specialist tea brand Ajiroen adds the final piece to a five-part puzzle in a city 50-km west of Tokyo.

Terada House by Yoshiyasu Mizuno. Photos Yoshiharu Hama / Studio Melos
 

Yoshiyasu Mizuno disguises the full scale of a timber house on a confined site

FUJIEDA – Being considerate to the neighbours was a prerequisite for a residential commission where the client's plot was on the vacant land next to his parents.

Plain Wood Base by ihrmk. Photos Takuya Furusue
 

A timber shell by ihrmk keeps interior space adaptable

TOYOTA – A sports clinic on the edge of a national highway isn't something that you see every day but that's exactly where recreational healthcare company Grow has set-up shop.

iHouse Dormitory by Studio Sumo. Photos Kawasami Kobayashi Photograph Office
 

A louvered façade infiltrates light into Studio Sumo's student accommodation

TOGANE – With the latest census showing a worrying decline in Japan's population, universities must adapt in order to attract international students to take up study opportunities.

Out Now: Mark #69
Out Now: Mark #69
 

OH Architecture Studio introduces a new approach to indoor/outdoor flow

TOKUSHIMA – OH Architecture Studio designs a sunshade that mediates the external environment.

A white complex form appears as a skin drooping over the existing structure. Photo Koji Fuji
 

MAD wraps up a timber structure to form a kindergarten

OKAZAKI – Beijing-based MAD Architects has designed an organic veil wrapped around the framework of the former house beneath.

Beams of light and traditional woods set the mood.
 

Roovice architect firm sparks the appetite for Miyagawa Bagels

MIURA – A recent renovation in a Japanese coastal village might result in culinary superlatives.

Juicy green inspires the next generation.
 

Japan's architecture is for the children of the future

FUNABASHI – Relying on nature, Amanemori Nursery by Japanese architects Aisaka Architects' Atelier creates a playful enviroment to inspire and challenge a new generation.