Japan has some of the most amazing modern architect buildings in the world and here are some of the bizarre creations that look like they are defying the laws of physics.
1. Roofless School Built Around a Tree – Tachikawa
Imagine if your classroom had been open and wrapped around a giant Zeikova tree. Well the lucky kids at this kindergarten have just that at the Fuji school in Tachikawa.
The inspiration came from the deputy director’s request to the architecture office Tezuka, saying he wanted “an unfurnished classroom”. What resulted was a beautiful gesture that gives children the freedom to learn while playing outdoors.
2. Ebisu East Gallery – Tokyo
The Gallery has a Live Music area, plus Dance Club and party area, restaurants and an actors school. On the roof there is a swimming pool and beer garden.
3. School Turns Rainwater Into Playground
A children’s school in Japan has created a completely different playground than the norm. When it rains the water is collected and used to create a water feature for the kids to play in. When it is not raining the space can be used for other activities, such as games and sports.
The versatility of the place follows the methodology of the school, which encourages the rearrangement and the mixing of classes. The building was designed by the architecture office Youji Sem Shiro, which has been operating in this market for 43 years.
4. Retirement Home- Shizuoka
The renowned Japanese architect Issei Suma has created a complex that is truly spectacular and unlike anything that has already been seen, especially in the case of a retirement home for the elderly.
The complex named “Jikka”, reminiscent of the tent format, is situated in the forests and mountains of Shizuoka, Japan.
5. Unusual Format House – Tokyo.
A very quirky house in one street in Tokyo that seems to defy the laws of physics.
6. Namba Parks – Osaka
Namba Parks has a total area of 32,000 square meters and was built on the city’s former baseball stadium. The project was selected as one of the winners of the Asian Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2009 Award of Excellence.
The Business and Commercial Complex was designed by Jon Jerde Associates who also participated in the City Hakata (Fukuoka), Riverwalk Kitakyushu and Roppongi Hills (Tokyo).
7. Ribbon Chapel – Hiroshima
Two spirals cleverly become one in this building. This wedding chapel is in the resort’s garden, “Bella Vista Sakaigahama” in Onomichi, Hiroshima. The site is halfway up a hill with a panoramic view of the bay of Japan.
This is a free building of unprecedented composition, which architecturally embodies the act of marriage in a pure form. A single spiral staircase would be unstable in a horizontal direction and would be subject to vibration in the vertical direction.
8. Nakagin Capsule Tower – Tokyo
The Architect Kisho Kurokawa was very innovative in the creation of the Nakagin Capsule Tower in 1972, being the first architecture design in capsules. The module was created with the intention of housing the business men who worked during the week in the center of Tokyo.
It is a prototype of sustainable and recyclable architecture, since each module is connected to a central core and can be replaced or exchanged when necessary.
9. Nasu Tepee House – Nasu
Designed by Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura and his studio NAP, Nasu Tepee is a 156-square-metre house set in a picturesque woodland district in Tochigi Prefecture.
10. Dear Ginza Building – Tokyo
The office Design Amano based in Tokyo was responsible to design a striking building that managed to attract the buyers of the central street of Ginza.
The nine-storey tower accommodates small units that can be used either as offices or shops.
In addition to the glazed lower floor, it is worth mentioning that on each floor a perforated metal exterior and a transparent glass interior are concealed behind a double layer facade.
11. Townhouse With Integrated Garden
This townhouse was built on a small plot of just 8 x 4 meters, typical of Japanese cities.
The Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa, founder of the SANAA study, an adjunct professor at Harvard Design School and winner of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2010 has projected this proposal between two high-rise buildings.
It is possible that the house has its own entity standing out among the buildings around it.