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Downtown Tokyo

Downtown Tokyo

The sense and scale of space in Tokyo are strikingly unique when compared to other metropolitan capitals in the world.  The jumble of low-rise, dense post-war wooden houses, rebuilt temples and shrines and modern high rise steel structures creates an array of intermediate volumes and […]

The island of wood

The island of wood

Japan, with a 68.5% of the forested land,[1] it is not lacking the raw resource of timber. It can be seen that Japan’s forestry stock is still expanding while remaining underutilized. The self-sufficiency ratio of wood was 31.2% in 2014, exceeding 30% for the first […]

The Harmony of Wood

The Harmony of Wood

On the 11th of March 2011, with largest ever recorded earthquake in Japan struck the East coast. Only since the end of the Pacific war in 1945 has there been such a re-orientation in attitudes to the urban structure. A realisation has arisen among young […]

What is a Japanese House?

What is a Japanese House?

The house of the people.  It is the traditional home of the working class giving shelter to artisans, farmers and merchants in medieval Japan.  Using natural materials surrounding the homes, they mainly consisted of local wood from the mountains. An abundance in this resource and […]

Beneath the grain

Beneath the grain

      Taking a step back from modern Tokyo and looking back to the development of Japanese architecture, a gradual change in styles can be identified.  From Classical to pre-modern Japan, over 1000 years of architectural development has converged to take final form the […]