The Space Research Centre Suspended Above a Crater
Oita prefecture in south-west Japan is just as well-known for its hot springs as it is for its mines. Its lunar-like landscapes will soon be home to a space research centre, suspended in mid-air.
The construction date for the centre is not yet known, but New York firm Cloud Architecture Office (the people behind the 9/11 Memorial on Staten Island in New York) have revealed the details of their project. We know that the centre will be accessed by a bridge and will have over seven floors. It will be suspended from four cables, 18 metres above an already existing crater which has been made larger for the project.
The building, named ‘Avatar X Lab’ in a reference to the James Cameron film, has been designed for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and a privately-held company. Made from materials reserved for unusual installations such as carbon, it will be the site of research into remote control of robots, with the aim to send robots into space by 2020, if everything goes to plan, to the Moon and Mars.
Hakone Honbako, Japan's Book Hotel
Hotel Hakone Honbako, the 'book hotel', is equipped with wall to wall bookshelves full to the rafters. Relaxation and reading are at the top of the agenda.
218 Years After his Death, Painter Ito Jakuchu on Show in Paris for the First Time
You can see in Paris for the first time the hanging scrolls which Japanese painter Jakuchu Ito offered to the Shokoku-ji temple in Kyoto.
In Tokyo, a Former Rice Shop Transformed Into a Creative Space
A former rice shop, renamed Almost Perfect by its new owners, serves as a den for artists and creatives from overseas who are passing through Tokyo.
Putting Cats in Their Place in Ainoshima
In Sindre Deschington's photos taken on Ainoshima Island in January 2019, cats lead the dance.
The mysterious first images of a short film, shot in Tokyo with Eric Wareheim (Master of None)
Pen Films and director Jean-Baptiste Braud are happy to release a preview of the short film In the Still Night, featuring Eric Wareheim (Master of None).