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Niseko Construction Basics – Scale & Proportion

In history there have been several theories about order, scale and proportion in architecture, the most famous of which is the theory of the golden section. This theory attempts to relate the scale and proportions found in nature (especially the human form), to architectural design and by doing so create beauty and rationality in architecture. […]

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Exterior lighting adds 'wow' factor.

Niseko Construction Basics – Let there be light!

Lighting is a fundamental but often neglected part of the interior planning of a home or chalet. After all, we perceive our surroundings thanks to light: light animates a space, highlighting the forms, textures, and colours that you put so much effort into selecting.  A successful lighting scheme can accentuate the design and decoration of […]

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The Japanese Genkan

The Japanese Genkan

Despite the westernization of many aspects of the Japanese home, the entrance foyer or ‘genkan’ as it is known in Japanese, is a traditional space with strong cultural significance, and together with the Japanese bathroom is still an important feature in modern Japanese homes. The genkan is something between a porch and a residential foyer […]

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The Japanese unit bath

The Japanese Bathroom

The Japanese bathtub, and it’s associated rituals plays an important role in Japanese culture. Here, the indulgent aspect of the bath is emphasized, whether that be at home, at the public bath-house (sento), or at ‘onsen’ hot springs throughout Japan. Whether at home or at an onsen, the Japanese bath experience amounts to much more […]

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Japan Leads in Engineering Earthquake Resistant Buildings

Since the devastating Hanshin earthquake in Kobe in 1995, Japan has become a world leader in engineering new structures and retrofitting old ones to withstand violent earthquakes. Japanese engineers are now at the forefront of seismic technology, with all modern structures being engineered for earthquakes through strict building codes. Modern building codes in Japan specify […]

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