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Jun Aoki: Giving a century-old museum a glass face lift

How can a historical building remain relevant for the next century? Architect Jun Aoki transforms a key Kyoto cultural site for contemporary relevance.

Making Swedish minimalism meet Japanese aesthetics

Housed within a 1920’s former bank, Tokyo welcomes new boutique hotel designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune inspired by “aimai” (erasing borders) featuring a series of micro-spaces including a cafe, retail and fine dining.

A Japanese zen oasis in Kyoto’s forest

How can design reimagine and add value to modern luxury today? Situated in a secluded and undisturbed forest in Kyoto’s north, the new Aman Kyoto designed by Kerry Hill Architects is a minimalist respite surrounded by nature.

Wonderwall designs a Japanese winery ‘bunker’ inspired by winemaking

Set into a hillside in Japan, the concrete bunker aesthetic of this winery, designed by Wonderwall, belies a fastidious approach to wine-making that defines its layout.

Toyo Ito on architecture’s core points

There was high demand for interviews with Toyo Ito at Hong Kong Business of Design Week 2018. In a group session, the eminent Japanese architect answered a variety of questions about key aspects of architecture and practice.

Suppose Design Office’s uncharted territory

Finding a way to integrate multiple facets of the built environment, Japanese architecture firm Suppose Design Office not only creates contemporary projects but has opened a real estate agency and construction company all under one roof.

Hakui Nursery by Japanese architect Kentaro Yamazaki.

Could these be the next new masters of Japanese architecture?

Japan has produced half a dozen Pritzker Prize-winning architects. Design is in the blood. But who is the next generation of design talent from this country – we take a look at the names you should know now and enjoy the beauty of the work they’re producing.

Capsule hotel + sauna? It’s a thing

Remember Japanese capsule hotels? Although Tokyo is still littered with them, many conjure up a kitsch fad that has passed its heyday. Faced with the task of renovating one, Schemata Architects embraced a no-nonsense retro aesthetic to unite the two activities of sleeping and steaming.

Train station design done right – Indesign’s top 5

Can train station design be more than a boring tube to funnel commuters to and from work? These 5 stations show a more beautiful side of urban design.

cross laminated timber structure built in two days in Japan

Pushing the limits: CLT structure built in two days

A recent pilot CLT project in Japan by Junichi Kato showcases the benefits and appeal of CLT and hopes create demand for a sustainable and more sophisticated ecosystem for CLT production.