Photo: Iwan Baan, courtesy of OMA

Coach Flagship, Omotesando in Tokyo, Japan, by OMA, 2013. In early April Coach opened its flagship Tokyo store on Omotesando, a strip known as much for its high-end fashion houses as for the architects designing them. Most well known are Prada ...Read More

Tama Art University Library (Hachiōji campus), 2004—2007, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Tomio Ohashi

Three Projects by Toyo Ito on the occasion of the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize The following images are courtesy the Hyatt Foundation, and quotes are from Toyo Ito: Forces of Nature, edited by Jessie Turnbull (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012). Yesterday came the ...Read More

Terunobu Fujimori: Architect cover

Terunobu Fujimori: Architect edited by Michael Buhrs and Hannes Rössler Hatje Cantz, 2012 Paperback, 240 pages This book on Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori was published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition at Museum Villa Stuck in Munich. Fujimori, known for his quirky ...Read More

Toyo Ito: Forces of Nature

Toyo Ito: Forces of Nature edited by Jessie Turnbull Princeton Architectural Press, 2012 Paperback, 144 pages Since 1966 the Princeton University School of Architecture has hosted the Kassler Lecture, held annually in memory of longtime Princeton professor Kenneth Stone Kassler. But it's just ...Read More

Photo: Jeremy San / Studio SKLIM

Hansha Reflection House in Nagoya, Japan by Studio SKLIM, 2011. When I visited Tokyo, Japan some years back, in addition to the numerous Tadao Ando-designed buildings and structures by other architects of note, I really wanted to go see Klein Dytham's ...Read More

Project Japan: Metabolism Talks

Project Japan: Metabolism Talks by Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist Taschen, 2011 Paperback, 720 pages If any living architect is masterful at exploiting the potential of the book, it is Rem Koolhaas. His Delirious New York made a name for the visionary ...Read More

Photograph by Ken Lee

Tsutaya Books in Tokyo, Japan by Klein Dytham Architecture, 2011. Even as bookstores around the world shutter as devices like the Kindle and Nook swerve the market to ebooks, new things are still happening in the world of books. The recent ...Read More

2G N.58-59: Kazuo Shinohara

2G N.58/59: Kazuo Shinohara Houses edited by David B. Stewart, Shin-Ichi Okuyama, Taishin Shiozaki Editorial Gustavo Gili, 2011 Paperback, 296 pages Barcelona-based Editorial Gustavo Gili devotes a double issue of its 2G Magazine to influential architect Kazuo Shinohara's houses. This intensive survey spanning ...Read More

Small Houses

Small Houses: Contemporary Japanese Dwellings by Claudia Hildner Birkhäuser, 2011 Paperback, 160 pages Recently I featured on my blog a number of small residential buildings in Tokyo, Japan that were built from 2000 to present. A quick glance at those various projects makes ...Read More

House in Hieidaira by Thomas Daniell

House in Hieidaira, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan by Thomas Daniell Architects, 2009. The following text and images are courtesy Thomas Daniell. This is a single-family house designed for a lush natural setting in a new subdivision in the mountains above Kyoto. ...Read More