MAD reactivates an abandoned Japanese tunnel using surreal immersive art

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How do you bring young people back into Japan’s rural areas? One popular answer seems to be with art and architecture. In one of the country’s latest rural revitalization efforts, Beijing-based design studio MAD Architects was invited to reactivate the long-forgotten Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in the Niigata prefecture. Created for the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, this series of permanent artistic interventions aims to help bring back “the cultural energy that once empowered the region.”

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An updated Scandinavian summer cottage weaves Japanese influences throughout

There are few better places to spend a Scandinavian summer than in a breezy cottage by the water. One stellar example is the Summer House completed by Swedish architecture firm Kod Arkitekter in the northern Stockholm archipelago. Located on an island and surrounded by the forest and sea, this home makes the most of its idyllic surroundings with a design that maximizes indoor-outdoor living and combines Scandinavian cottage traditions with Japanese minimalism.

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Japanese home features a bookshelf wall designed to withstand earthquakes

In earthquake-prone Japan, a wall full of books might seem like a disaster waiting to happen. Rather than capitulate to Mother Nature however, the owners of this Yokohama home found a way to safely put their massive library of books on full display without fear of collapse. Shinsuke Fujii Architects designed the Bookshelf House that features angled earthquake-resistant bookshelves easily accessible by children and the elderly without a ladder.

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Artists transform gigantic Japanese park into a psychedelic forest of light

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New Japanese turbines harvest wave energy and protect coastlines from erosion

Surf’s up! Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan are working on a project with the goal of creating turbines that both harvest the renewable energy of tidal movement while simultaneously protecting coastlines from erosion. To accomplish this, turbines would be placed atop tetrapods, star-shaped concrete structures anchored to the sea floor with mooring cables, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Architect tops Japanese community center with a series of striking wooden roofs

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“The large roof of the hall is a traditional hipped shape that is often seen in the villages of Naoshima,” said Sambuichi.

“This shape is a visualization of the flow of moving materials in Naoshima, and simultaneously produces a pressure differential that causes air to circulate in the hall.”

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Giants of Japanese architecture design prototypes for houses of the future

Following the success of the inaugural House Vision in Tokyo in 2013, the exhibition has returned again this summer. This year, the event brought together an impressive group of architects and construction companies to design houses of the future. The teams designed and built 12 prototypes based on ideas of renowned designers including Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban.
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