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Ftown Building / Atelier Hitoshi Abe

  • 01:00 - 14 July, 2009
Ftown Building / Atelier Hitoshi Abe
Ftown Building / Atelier Hitoshi Abe, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Miyagino Ward, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect

    Atelier Hitoshi Abe
  • Project Team

    Hideo Yaguchi, Azuma Orikasa
  • Structural Design

    Arup Japan
  • Collaborator

    Asao Tokolo(façade design)
  • Construction

    Iwata Chizaki Construction Corporation Tohoku
  • Project Area

    1,977 sqm
  • Area

    377.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. In designing tenant buildings for which the interiors will be determined afterwards, rather than defining the spaces, it is important that there is a wide spatial potential. For example, the freedom to build walls in any arrangement is more important than how the walls are actually arranged.

© Daici Ano
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A typical tenant building has a tree-like organization in which each floor is independently accessed by elevator from the entrance at the first floor. With regard to this project, in addition to the normal circulation, we proposed using voids to connect the spaces of each floor in a spiral arrangement, incorporating a loop in the unidirectional ordered structure. The access routes to each space are thereby multiplied; other possibilities for grouping the spaces arise, enabling integrated usages or tenants that cover several floors. Additionally, the four variations in floor height and the flexibly organized mechanical services allow a variety of spatial choices.

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46680arquitectura · December 03, 2011 volumenes que definen conceptos! #architecture

Alexander Rosolik · October 27, 2011

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KD · September 16, 2010

Does anyone know any more about the facade? perhaps what motives, if any, are behind the switch from the 'X' to 'O'

Marian · August 06, 2009

I like it more than the building of Zaha from Cinnati.
Almost the same context from an urban point of view.

RT · July 17, 2009

the plans are stunning!!!

thanhtran · July 16, 2009

oh .... very impressive! way design application block's architecture combines special empty, am I really gracious and luxurious, I love this building take

DaleP · July 15, 2009

I was impressed the way the building moves in section, it's great to see someone playing with volumes in spaces you wouldn't think existed. I only wish that the vertical movement was as exciting as the space itself. The perimeter stair to me seems like an afterthought to the rest of the building. Otherwise super building.

jaisim · July 15, 2009

Interesting and adventurous, very much like what we have been professing and practicing in our small low rise tenements for over 40 years

Shreyas Srivatsa · September 24, 2010 09:16 AM

Would love to see them. Could you please upload them on Archdaily. Just a humble request.

Thank You

d · July 15, 2009

very nice indeed... and i'm with rahul J, why compare? it derived from absolutely different terms..

Rahul J · July 15, 2009

super... love it
why compare with zaha or anyone else.

Dennis · July 15, 2009

Call it Zaha Hadid Lights :)

miloIIIIVII · July 15, 2009

amazing #architecture with #design by Atelier Hitoshi Abe

Fino · July 15, 2009


I was thinking the same the thing. It's like a Sejima and Hadid hybrid.

Scarpasez · July 15, 2009

It looks like the New Museum in New York, with its volumes shifting to reveal differentiated glazing. Interesting.

StructureHub Blog · July 14, 2009

The patterned white facade does add some nice texture. Its a bit more original than the usual stucco, etc.

Ala · July 14, 2009

Orthogonal still rules, I think, although the current trend is more on the side of curvy, organic, dia-grid form.

Gustavo Assunção · July 14, 2009 10:43 PM

looks like Petrobras building in Rio

MAPS · July 14, 2009

It remind me one building...Zaha Hadid´s Contemporary Art Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Although I think Hitoshi Abe, is better...

ah · July 14, 2009

wait.. i thought that was a zaha hadid building?


ziga · March 24, 2010 04:15 AM

exactly the same with a project of zaha haddid

ahmed · August 16, 2009 11:53 PM

me tooo oooooooooooo

Marian · July 14, 2009

Really Nice !!! Great building and nice structure !!!!

Marian · July 14, 2009

I like this building interesting both formally and structurally .

pencil_nek (twitter) · July 14, 2009


Chiaro Scuro · July 14, 2009

Hell Yes!


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