At first I was pleasantly surprised to discover this land filled with such lush greenery in Aoyama, in the middle of Tokyo. I wanted to provide the same kind of pleasant surprise to customers of this shop, both on the first and second floors. The building stood there, simple and open towards the existing greenery, and seemed to harmonize with the vitality of the land. Respecting such surrounding environment, we tried to minimize the infill construction and composed the interior with furniture instead.
We designed the illumination display made using Android-operating devices, which can be found in the plaza facing TV Asahi known as Roppongi Hills Arena. Since this is the time of the year where people think most of connecting with others, we were tasked with providing an installation using around 600 Android-powered smartphones.
Sojitz REIT Advisors K.K. is an asset management company for NIPPON REIT Investment Corporation (NRT), a listed Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The new address for its relocation is a 36 year old building. The interiors, built to standard office specifications, had been designed in a uniform manner, and gave off an oppressive feel.
It is a nursery school that was constructed in the new land readjustment area.In the site, there is “Satoyama”, a special type of natural environment that is influenced by human beings, which has the affluent nature that is uncommon in Tokyo. By readjustment of the land, the affluent nature as well as original view and experience of the Satoyama where people were connected have been lost.
We designed the new offices for The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The offices are located in Akasaka, Tokyo inside The Nippon Foundation Building, designed by Junzo YOSHIMURA, and will provide support for approximately 25 para-sports leagues. As such, we were tasked with providing a space which will promote sports and the extraordinary abilities of Japanese Paralympic athletes.
This is a project to convert a building that was originally a rental warehouse into a share office.
The existing building had a 5-story container architecture style. Due to the characteristics of the container warehouse, the space had low ceilings with no windows, and was surrounded by metal. This gave it a very inorganic feeling.The first thing we did was to establish a large aperture with the wooden sash facing the street.Then we planted an over 12meterhigh sequoia as a symbol tree, since this property exists in the middle of the hill and had no landmark. Because the depth of a shrubbery was only 1800mm, we made the root bowl as small as possible, and installed the tree at the top of the hill. As for the rest of the plants, we leveled their heights to the sequoia, and selected their leaf colors so that they are deeper towards the back.The entrance door is made out of a 10 year-old marine container.It has an important role to show when the office is open or closed.
Article source: APOLLO Architects & Associates Co., Ltd
The site is located at Aoyama in Minato ward, which is an area residential and commercial uses are mixed in Tokyo. The client couple sought to build a housing complex on the back lot of a dead end street, and earn their livings by renting a part of it. The plan was to provide an office for rent on the basement floor and a part of the first floor. The residential space for the owner is allocated on the second and the third floor.
The site is located in a quiet residential area of Tokyo. The client is a couple who both work at a university. Uponplanning the residence, their request was to keep two independent and equal private dens, and to provide an open living environment while maintaining their privacy.A courtyard and a front yard are placed on the south and the north and spaces are located symmetrically. Our intention is to provide a living environment where one can feel the air outside from everywhere in the house such as private room or living and dining room.
Little House with a Big Terrace is a lucid example of having large external space in small urban residence with limited site area of Tokyo. Through the process of designing this house, we tried to prove that having rich private external space was important for making crucial difference in the quality of life inside the house, as well as obtaining various possibilities of external activity.