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.
R4 in Tokyo, Japan by Florian Busch Architects
April 28th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Florian Busch Architects
The office, perhaps more than any other single building type of the present day, carries the true notions of the ideologies it is born in.
The R4 building addresses the question how scale and location inform an inner-city office type, and how exactly this contextual necessity might in fact perfectly reflect an environment of unforced, informal, perhaps even natural work efficiency.
The site, a left-over perched between manifestations of not only for the location improbable assessment of earnest junk, proved more and more critical in this process: inconspicuous despite its prime location, dominated by a myriad of constraints that make it highly difficult to build on, between narrow road and a derelict cemetery, flanked by a 40m-tall apartment building and other non descriptness, sights of a nearby park.
Here, the architectural response could hardly be one mass of undifferentiated transparent homogeneity. Instead, a logical response was a field of multiple, varying focal points that would deal with the surroundings at discrete levels as well as in the overall unity of the office building.
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