How shared space makes four micro apartments in Japan seem much larger

November 30, 2016 by  
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Sometimes, size really doesn’t matter. Designed by Osamu Nishida and Erika Nakagawa from ON Design & Partners , the Yokohama Apartment complex features four micro residential units measuring around 215 square feet each. Despite such reduced dimensions, clever design ensures the small spaces feel expansive and livable. Magic especially resides in a shared open-air courtyard conceived as a living-room and a kitchen that doubles as an art gallery for the four artists living upstairs. With 1636 square feet of total floor area, the Yokohama Apartment building is subdivided into two levels. The common space on the ground level is canopied by the private residential floor, which is cut into four parts, and each unit has its own access coming up from the ground floor. Twisted stairs provide access without compromising tenants’ privacy. The ground floor is a covered open air piazza that provides common and private storage rooms, a micro kitchen unit and a dining room. This area is used for exhibitions, workshops, presentations, debates and other art activities. Related: Slice of the City home in Japan uses bold angles to solve tricky space restrictions Yokohama Apartment comprises brilliant Japanese design that maximizes every single inch. Unfortunately, this great invention mirrors a turning point in Japanese society, whereby poverty and unemployment, particularly among young people, forces innovation. Sharing space offers a bright alternative to the small and introverted dwellings common in Japan today. This societal concern was raised by Yoshiyuki Yamana, the curator of the Japanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture earlier this year ; he chose the Yokohama Apartment project as an example of how to successfully adapt to the country’s new social condition . + ON Design & Partners + Venice Biennale Images via Maria Novozhilova for Inhabitat

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North Dakota will fine pipeline protesters $1000 for bringing in food and supplies

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In an effort to suppress the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock, North Dakota officials have threatened hefty fines on anyone bringing “prohibited items” into the area – including portable bathrooms, building materials, and even food. This follows an “ emergency evacuation ” order issued by state Governor Jack Dalrymple on Monday. While the evacuation was supposedly due to incoming snowstorms, protesters believe it’s simply an attempt by the state to circumvent federal authority and intimidate activists. The governor’s office initially planned to set up a physical blockade to prevent people from reaching the camp, however, it has since softened its approach. Instead, law enforcement officers will stop vehicles attempting to enter the camp and inform drivers that they could be subject to a $1,000 fine for entering the evacuation zone. Organizers at the camp allege that the order is simply an attempt to bully the protesters, and it’s a difficult point to argue – law enforcement officials certainly didn’t seem to worry about exposing the self-proclaimed “ water protectors ” from the elements earlier this month when they sprayed them with water cannons in sub-freezing weather conditions . In fact, this week injured protesters filed a class action lawsuit alleging that the police gave no warnings before violently attempting to disperse the protests. Related: Hundreds of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters injured by police attacks at Standing Rock While the state of North Dakota has asked for help from federal law enforcement to remove the demonstrators from the evacuation zone by December 5th, the Army Corps issued a statement on Monday that it would not be forcibly removing people from the land. However, emergency services to the camp will be restricted, based on approval from the county sheriff and highway patrol – a potentially dangerous action if the police should clash with the protesters again. Via Reuters Images via   Standing Rock Rising

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Sou Fujimoto’s latest masterpiece in Japan spreads its branches like a real tree

December 17, 2015 by  
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Cantilevered Cedar-Clad Japanese House Lets Trees Grow Through its Frame

October 22, 2014 by  
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