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Supermaniac Clads Nen Restaurant With 3,000 Pieces Of Hung Charcoal

Nen resturant Charcoal nstallation 1

Guests are met with rungs of charred wood, gently illuminated from below

Nen resturant Charcoal nstallation

The charred pieces come from the region’s ubame oak

Serving as a visual indication of the food on offer inside, this restaurant in japan is clad with 3,000 individual charcoal pieces taken from ubame oak. designed by local studio supermaniac, the use of the material continues inside the dining establishment, which serves mainly charbroiled dishes. Upon entering ‘nen’, guests are met with further rungs of charred wood, gently illuminated from below. Within the seated areas, ‘kiku-zumi’ – a crosscut sawtooth oak charcoal that resembles the chrysanthemum flower – has been used. the pieces are placed between a one-way mirror and a fully reflective surface, creating a series of smaller reflections that enhance the form of the material. Within the design, traditional Japanese products have been incorporated to recall established ways of dining, while simultaneously embracing contemporary cuisine.

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Article Written by : Philip Stevens

Image courtesy of : Supermaniac inc

Source : Designboom

Spiralling underwater cities could make oceans inhabitable by 2030


Underwater cities with infrastructure networks

Underwater cities with infrastructure networks spiralling down into the depths of the oceans could be a reality as soon as 2030. Micro-organisms could be used to turn carbon-dioxide into methane according to a Tokyo-based company. This would fuel power generators along the spiral, which would also take advantage of differences in seawater temperature to create additional energy.The concept was developed in partnership with Tokyo University and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (Jamstec)

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Article Written by: Amy Frearson.

Photo courtesy of: Shimizu Corp.

Source: Dezeen

Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture’s Installation of Floating, Perforated Membranes

Fusionner 1.0 by Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture

Fusionner 1.0 by Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture


Japanese firm Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture‘s “Fusionner 1.0″ was on display this past March at the White Gallery Cube in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. The installation consisted of two horizontal floating membranes stretched across a simple rectilinear room, dividing the space vertically into three sections.

The membranes, punctuated with holes, slope upwards from the room’s entrance, creating a dynamic space in which every occupant’s view is unique. Changing colored lights further alter one’s perception of the room, casting different hues and shadows on the membranes and randomly distributed architectural models (provided by students at Nagoya University).

According to the architect, the word “fusionner” comes from the French word meaning “to merge.” This is fitting with his description of the installation as a space that “brings people together to communicate for a while.” Occupants can move throughout the room, traveling from hole to hole to create moments of closeness and separation.

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Written by: Jennifer Whelan

Image Courtesy of: Issei Mori

Source: ArchDaily

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art

Exbiotanica by Makoto Azuma

Exbiotanica by Makoto Azuma


Last week Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma attempted to go where most artists only dream of going: to space. In a project titled Exbiotanica, last week Azuma and his crew traveled to Black Rock Desert outside Gerlach, Nevada. In the dead of night Azuma’s project began. The team launched two of Azuma’s artworks – a 50-year old pine suspended from a metal frame and an arrangement of flowers – into the stratosphere using a large helium balloon. The entire project was documented, revealing some surreal photographs of plants floating above planet earth. “The best thing about this project is that space is so foreign to most of us,” says John Powell of JP Aerospace. “So seeing a familiar object like a bouquet of flowers flying above Earth domesticates space, and the idea of traveling into it.”

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Written By: Johnny Strategy

Source: Colossal

Light Matters: Sacred Spaces

Chapel in Villeaceron, Spain by Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office

Chapel in Villeaceron, Spain by Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office

















The use of light can lead to very diverse feelings: a ray of sunlight calls attention; glare overpowers; the nocturnal sky fascinates, while a dense dark forest arouses fear. Religions have made use of these experiences to convey the mystic aspects of their respective deities — accordingly, so too do their erected buildings.

Gottfried Böhm’s Mariendom in Neviges, Germany, encloses the contemplative visitor in a dark environment to focus his attention away from the material world and towards inner enlightenment. The daylight, which enters through small rooflights, only slightly highlights the altar. The concept deliberately plays with adaptation, where the eye slowly adjusts from a bright exterior to darker interior, giving the impression that the environment turns slightly brighter over several minutes.

Peter Zumthor further developed this concept of the dark shelter in the Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, Germany, where the cavity is made from a charred black wooden frame. As a counterpoint, small bottle glass portholes add points of light. Zumthor bases the sensual experience on an intense contrast between daylight and darkness that surprises the visitor. The pilgrims are led from a timid darkness to poetic twinkling stars.

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Written By: Thomas Schielke

Image Courtesy of: Hisao Suzuki

Source: ArchDaily

Zaha Hadid’s New National Stadium of Japan Venue for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

With the announcement of tokyo winning the bid to host the 2020 olympic and paralympic games, comes the confirmation that zaha hadid architects ‘new national stadium of japan’ will act as a major venue for athletic events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

‘Our many congratulations to the tokyo 2020 team, the japan sport council, everyone in tokyo and all across japan. the public’s support has been remarkable and we are very proud to be part of the tokyo 2020 olympic and paralympic games. we have put together an excellent team to deliver a magnificent venue on schedule for the 2019 rugby world cup and tokyo olympic games the following year.’ – zaha hadid

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Written By: Andrea Chin

Source: Designboom

Shining Tree in a Sacred Place

This art work was dedicated to the people who had passed away in several disasters in this year 2011. Especially in Japan, the massive earthquake hit this country land with the huge tsunami so much that considerable damage and profound sorrow came to us. MoNo had the opportunity to join the illumination event “Kusatsu Machiakari Yumeakari Hanaakari – on autumnal Kusatsu road with sensory gratification”, which got over 30 thousands visitors. So MoNo could open our work as one of programs of “Akari Art Exhibition” which were held in some historic shrines and temples.

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Written by: Editor

Source: Architecural

Streaking Light Pillars Illuminate the Night Sky

The natural phenomenon known as light pillars are making headlines once again due to one photographer’s incredible capture of them one recent cold and late winter night. Photographer Jay Callaghan shot the beautiful photo (above), on his back deck at 1:45 am as he was looking northeast toward Chemong Road in Peterborough, Ontario.

When extreme cold weather hits, ice crystals or tiny discs of ice may form. Usually these ice crystals evaporate before ever reaching the ground. When sunlight or moonlight is reflected on these ice crystals, thin columns that extend vertically above and/or below the source of light are created.

So, how does one explain all of the colors? As the Weather Doctor states, “Because the light rays forming pillars are reflected, they take on the color of the incident light. For example, when the sun is higher in the sky, pillars are white or bright yellow in color. But when it is near the horizon and its light color dominantly orange, gold or red, so is the resulting pillar.”

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Written by: Alice

Source: My Modern Met