If the Muji Hut isn’t mobile enough for you, how about Kengo Kuma‘s Jyubako for Snow Peak? The bare bones trailer home is actually a bit more expensive than Muji’s offering, at 3.5 million yen, and to me looks a bit too utilitarian. I’ll take a Muji Hut, thanks. More details in this Spoon & Tamago post.
I want a Muji Hut. Sure, it’s rather pricey at 3 million yen (around $30,000), which includes the construction costs, but still, I imagine this little thing somewhere on a mountain, to relax in. They go on sale this fall (Japan only).
I love the idea behind Sha-shokudo, a new eating spot in Shibuya inspired by company cafeterias, which is kinda like a real one — it’s designed/produced by Suppose Design Office, and in the same building as its office, so serves as a de facto cafeteria for its employees. More details and photos in this Spoon & Tamago post.
What you see of this apartment complex designed by Eureka and Maru Architecture that’s portrayed in this video may appear utopic, but there’s still something quite soothing about the way of life it suggests. I def like all the red tops.
There’s a show on at the Barbican right now entitled “The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945.” What especially grabbed my attention when I saw mention of it — it’s featured in this Monocle radio show — is that it apparently includes a full-scale recreation of Ryue Nishizawa‘s Moriyama House (pictured), which just so happens to be the house that I introduced in one of the episodes of NHK’s Tokyo Eye program I appeared in back in the day. It was a fantastic experience to act as a guide to the house (check out this Google image search), which really is something incredible — and the owner who commissioned the project was a joy to speak with as well.
99+1 Japan is a beautiful new guide produced by the Japan National Tourism Organization that takes the form of a website and book (which is also available as a downloadable PDF). The focus here is on art, design, and architecture, and from the browsing I did on the website, the choices are, well, quite choice. I know that my buddy Said Karlsson participated in this, with some of his wonderful photography adorning a few entries. Here’s also a Spoon & Tamago post with more details.
Time Out Tokyo takes a look at the next mega complex to open in Tokyo, the pictured Ginza Six. It opens on April 20. Here’s also a slick video about the complex.
It opened back in 2015, but Spoon & Tamago has a post up showing off the beautiful co-working space MTRL Kyoto. The space even has laser cutters and 3D printers — no big surprise since its owned by Loftworks, the company behind the FabCafes.
Kojima Productions now has its very own slick home in the Shinagawa part of Tokyo, and it recently shared a gallery of photos that show off the new digs (which I came across through this Kotaku post). IGN has posted a 5-minute video featuring interviews with Kojima and key staff talking about the studio, and how it all came together.
This is a pretty amazing story, of a train station in the Osaka suburbs that was built around — yes, surrounding — a tree. Read the whole story over at Spoon & Tamago.