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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Aoyama 346 in Tokyo, Japan by SASAKI ARCHITECTURE

 
April 23rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SASAKI ARCHITECTURE

A three-story office and retail complex in the Minami Aoyama area of Tokyo, Aoyama 346 is an interplay of multiple green triangles, which articulate the liminal spaces that intermediate between the interior and the exterior of the building. The design is also a response to the client’s request to create “an urban oasis” in the very heart of the city.

Image Courtesy © Ryuichi Sasaki

Image Courtesy © Ryuichi Sasaki

  • Architects: SASAKI ARCHITECTURE
  • Project: Aoyama 346
  • Location: 3-4-6 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062 , JAPAN
  • Photography: Koichi Torimura, Ryuichi Sasaki
  • Client: KIKUMOTO
  • Site Area: 751.51m2
  • Building Area: 425.36m2
  • Total Floor Area: 1136.75m2
  • Date of Completion: February, 2014

Image Courtesy © Ryuichi Sasaki

Image Courtesy © Ryuichi Sasaki

  • Lighting Design: Kazuhiro Kawamura/ sola associates
  • Landscape Design: Takeshi Matsuo + Takeshi Mita /PLAT design
  • Graphic Design: RyuichiNambu /Nambu Design + Yoshinari Takahashi
  • Façade Engineering: STANDARD
  • Contractor: SHIN
  • PM/Leasing: N ASSET TOKYO
  • Architecture Staff: Ryuichi Sasaki, Rieko Okumura, Mikio Sasaki, Kiyoshi Iwabuchi, Miwa Takeuchi, Mieko Watanabe, Anna Kwapień /SASAKI ARCHITECTURE
  • Structure: RHYTHM DESIGN+OA.AN OZAKI
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Yuko Sakurai/ HEZERAF
  • Material Information
    • Exterior Finish: Glass, Tile
    • Floor: Tile
    • Wall: Green Glass, Glass, Plasterboard + Painting
    • Ceiling: Plasterboard + Painting
Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

The project sits on a hilly, “flagpole” 750-square meter site that is cornered by streets to the west, east, and north—the last one of which is a private driveway that is integrated into the overall design. The design primarily exploits these site conditions by referencing the geometry of triangles that variegate in their materiality, hue, and density as they progress from the exterior into the interior. A triangular, two-story void features potted plants that hang from above, folding in greenery into the building and offering visual connection with the adjacent main street through its glass curtain wall.

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Retail and restaurant spaces are punctured by semi-open triangular balconies around the building’s corners. A triangular bridge connects the two zones of the complex, from which exposed beams intersect on the exterior to juxtapose the building with the landscape elements. In particular, the linear arrangement of mirror stainless steel, LED light, flexible board, and glass in the skylight hall showcases an infinite interplay of angular forms, where sunlight pours through the top light and the vertical slit and bounces off among the striated, reflective materials. These elements, together with the surrounding landscape, are projected onto the lustrous tiles on the facade and the glass curtain walls, as well as the mirror stainless steel that lines the interior hallway, further reinforcing the idea of interpenetration.

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

Image Courtesy © Koichi Torimura

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