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post updated 5 May 2021

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18 Apr 2021
The Playhouse, Aoyama Tokyo Fashion Store

3 Feb 2021
Burnside Culinary Space

21 Oct 2020
Mado Terrace, Tokyo Apartment Building
Mado Terrace, Tokyo Apartment Building

20 Oct 2020
Rayon Du Soleil, Apartment Building
Rayon Du Soleil

6 Oct 2020
Metsä Pavilion opens in Tokyo – a showcase of elegant design and fast offsite construction with wooden elements

The elegant Metsä Pavilion highlights innovative architecture based on industrially manufactured wooden elements. The pavilion was built fast and is now ready to host events organised by Business Finland and Finnish businesses. During the Summer Olympics and Paralympics, the Metsä Pavilion will serve as a home base for the Finnish national teams. Using Metsä Wood’s Kerto LVL as the main material made the construction fast, light and green.

Metsä Pavilio Tokyo building
photo courtesy of architects

The official opening of the Metsä pavilion, located on the grounds of Finnish embassy in Tokyo, will be held on 6 October. The Pavilion stays open until the end of 2021, hosting various events organised by Finnish companies and organisations. The Metsä Pavilion is Business Finland’s project with Metsä Group as the main partner.

“We are happy that many companies have decided to bring their events to the Metsä Pavilion, where wood meets nature scenery on the walls, world-class audio, and design furniture – all from Finland”, says Petri Tulensalo, Head of Sports Cluster at Business Finland.

Industrially efficient wood construction

The Metsä Pavilion is a showcase of how to construct a stylish building quickly and efficiently by using standard elements. The Pavilion was designed by renowned Finnish architectural office Helin & Co. Architects. The designs for all the elements used in the Pavilion are freely available on Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood platform.

“We value the freedom of the architects and engineers to design in an aesthetically pleasing way. With our Open Source Wood Initiative we want to enable them with a variety of options”, explains Jussi Björman, Director, Business Development, Constructionat Metsä Wood.

The Metsä Pavilion makes the benefits of using prefabricated Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) elements apparent. The elements were manufactured by a Finnish company, Timberpoint. The production of all the wooden columns, beams, and elements took only seven weeks at the factory.

The assembly of the Pavilion at the construction site was quick. It took only ten days, thanks to the lightweight wooden elements. Additionally, the great workability of Kerto LVL brought rapidness to the process. Puurakentajat was responsible for the construction.

The connections of the Metsä Pavilion are designed so that the building can be disassembled and assembled again at a new location.

Sustainably from Finnish forests

The raw materials for the Kerto LVL used in the Metsä Pavilion comes from sustainably managed Finnish forests where the forests grow more than they are used. Every part of each tree is used in the best possible way, therefore almost nothing goes to waste. By-products like sawdust and bark are utilised, for example, as bioenergy in the production of Kerto LVL.

As with all wood products, Kerto LVL stores carbon throughout the whole lifespan of the buildings built with it.

An end-result to be proud of

The Metsä Pavilion has met the expectations of Business Finland and Metsä Wood. The pavilion is proof that stylish buildings can be constructed efficiently from prefabricated wooden elements.  “Historically, the pavilion is one of the biggest investments Business Finland has made in the Japanese market. It is also a great way to contribute to the success of the games, and the Japanese really respect it”, says Tulensalo from Business Finland.

5 Oct 2020
RK Flat
RK Flat, Tokyo Apartment Interior

27 Mar 2020
L’OCCITANE Bouquet de Provence, Shibuya Crossing, Suginami City
Architects: AtMa inc.
Loccitane Shibuya Suginami City Japan
photo : Shigenori Ishikawa
L’OCCITANE Shibuya in Suginami City
This flagship store renovation project is at the world-famous Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest places in the capital city.

7 Mar 2020
Architects: CASE-REAL
NOL Restaurant Atelier Tokyo Architecture News
photo : Daisuke Shima
NOL Restaurant Atelier
Located on the ground level this a restaurant atelier with a distinct concept. Functioning as an experimental kitchen, nôl can also be considered as a flexible space freed from the physical restraints of a classical restaurant.

27 Dec 2019
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium – Rainforest Destruction
New National Stadium Tokyo Building News
image courtesy of architects
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium Building
To mark the inauguration of the New National Olympic Stadiumin Tokyo on December 21st, 12 NGOs issued the following statement, denouncing the Stadium’s severe negative impact on the tropical rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia as a result of its construction.

9 Dec 2019
Shinjuku Miyabi Guest House, -27-15 Yotsuya Shinjuku-ku
Architects: Himematsu Architecture
Shinjuku Miyabi Guest House Tokyo
photography: Kota Nakatake & Shinichiro Himematsu
Shinjuku Miyabi Guest House
Himematsu Architecture selected “Hemp Leaf” as concept for the symbol of the hotel. Hemp has very strong growing force and rapid growth speed as seen in nature.

23 Sep 2019
Biffi Teatro di Tsumagata Restaurant, 4-19-21, Shirokanedai, Mitato-ku
Architects: Hiramoto Design Studio
Biffi Teatro di Tsumagata Restaurant Tokyo
photography: Koji Fujii (Nacása&Partners Inc.)
Biffi Teatro di Tsumagata Restaurant
The architecture studio designed a long counter table around an open kitchen, inspired by Japanese Sushi / Teppan-yaki counter, giving diners a front-row view of all the chef’s activities.

2 Sep 2019
Salon Kusuda Restaurant, Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku
Architects: Hiramoto Design Studio
Salon Kusuda Restaurant Tokyo
photography : Koji Fujii (Nacása&Partners Inc.)
Salon Kusuda Restaurant
This new restaurant is a result of the collaboration between Mr. Kusuda Takuya, a connoisseur of the Japanese wine scene, and Mr. Miyanaga Hisatsugu, a famous chef.

2 Aug 2019
Angelo Mangiarotti – La Tettonica dell’Assemblaggi, Italian Cultural Institute, 2-1-30 Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku
Design: tomomi kito architect & associates
Angelo Mangiarotti Vistosi Giogali modular lighting
photo courtesy of Vistosi
Angelo Mangiarotti Exhibition
This great exhibition is a tribute to the work and the thought of Angelo Mangiarotti, architect, sculptor and designer.

12 Jan 2019
Furusaki Tokyo Office, Nakano-ku
Design: Hiroyuki Niwa with Yuki Imafuku
Furusaki Tokyo Office Building
photographer: Hiroyuki Hori
Furusaki Tokyo Office Building

12 Sep 2018
Tokyo Parking Tower Competition

10 May 2018
Tatsumi Apartment House
Design: Hiroyuki Ito Architects
Tatsumi Apartment House Tokyo Property News
photo © Makoto Yhoshida
RIBA Awards for International Excellence 2018
A minimal residence in Japan, this house is a direct response to the needs of a fast-paced and dynamic population. There is a compelling logic to the use of a limited amount of space that resolves difficulties and creates comfort and calm.

Toho Gakuen School of Music
Toho Gakuen School of Music Tokyo Building News
photo © Harunori Noda
This virtuoso piece of architecture has an august almost village like quality with its independent teaching spaces, clever accouustic treatments and neat communal spaces. It adroitly allows for flexibility, adaptation and improvisation by its students whilst retaining an order and formality.

7 May 2018
Musashino Art University Museum & Library Building

3 May 2018
Ota Art Museum & Library, Gunma Prefecture
Architects: akihisa hirata architecture office
Ota Art Museum Library in Gunma Prefecture
photo : Daici Ano
Ota Art Museum & Library Building
Ota City has a population of about 220,000 people, and the number of users of the station exceeds 10,000 people in a day. But few people walk in front of the station, shopping streets are quiet. To pioneer breakthroughs for such a situation prevailing throughout Japan, it is the purpose of construction to bring life back in front of Ota Station.

30 Apr 2018
Archasm Tokyo Anti Library Competition

18 Feb 2018
The Japanese Sword Museum in Tokyo

2 Jan 2018
Green Triangle – Aoyama 346, Minamiaoyama, Minato
Design: Ryuichi Sasaki + Rieko Okumura/ Sasaki Architecture
Green Triangle - Aoyama 346 - Tokyo Architecture News
photo © Koichi Torimura
Green Triangle – Aoyama 346 in Tokyo
A three-story office and retail complex in the Minami Aoyama area.

20 Nov 2017
House for Four Generations
Design: tomomi kito architect & associates
House for Four Generations Tokyo Architecture News
photograph : Satoshi Shigeta
House for Four Generations
This is an interior renovation project of an existing two-story timber structure house in Tokyo which was built approximately 40 years ago. The clients, a young couple and the wife’s parents, were already living here before the renovation.

13 Nov 2017
Giant Bubble Installation
Design: studio ENESS
Giant Bubble Installation Tokyo Architecture News
photograph : Larissa LP
Giant Bubble Installation
Mori Art Museum Design recently selected installation design studio ENESS to send their giant Bubble sculpture from Melbourne to Tokyo, Japan. The audience was encouraged to “please touch” the pulsating six meter-wide sculpture, which responded to human touch and closeness with light and sound.

7 Nov 2017
R・torso・C Residence
Architects: Atelier TEKUTO
R Torso C Residence
photo : Jérémie Souteyrat、SOBAJIMA, Toshihiro
R・torso・C Residence in Tokyo
This house is located in the center of Tokyo, on a site area of mere 66 sqm. The clients are a married couple both working in the field of chemistry, sharing a passion for architecture and art.

Tokyo Houses – recent contemporary properties in the Japanese capital city

31 Jul 2017
Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Design: Architect Kenzo Tange
Yoyogi National Gymnasium Tokyo Architecture News
Photo courtesy Japan Sport Council
Yoyogi National Gymnasium
When Japan was preparing to host the first-ever Olympic Games in Asia in the early 1960s, the state commissioned eventual Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kenzo Tange to build a pivotal venue for the event. Tange responded with the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, two elegant concrete and steel buildings that gained immediate international recognition as masterpieces of modern architecture when their doors opened in 1964.

9 Jun 2017
Perrotin Art Gallery, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Architect: Andre Fu
Perrotin Art Gallery
photography: Nacas, courtesy of Perrotin Tokyo
Perrotin Art Gallery Building
Following openings in Paris, Hong Kong, New York and Seoul, contemporary art gallery Perrotin, founded in 1989 by Emmanuel Perrotin, opened its newest gallery in Tokyo on June 7th with a solo exhibition bringing together a collection of recent paintings by 97 year old Pierre Soulages.

20 May 2017
Tropical Forest Timber at New National Stadium Tokyo
Design: Kengo Kuma & Associates
New National Stadium Tokyo winning design
image courtesy of architects
New National Stadium Tokyo Timber
Investigation required as use of plywood likely linked to tropical forest destruction and human rights abuses found at construction site of new Tokyo Olympic Stadium. Ironically the building uses a lot of wood so it can fit into the wooden context, but thereby destroying woods in Borneo, in what appears to be an unssustainable way.

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New National Stadium of Japan in Tokyo

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