Ftown Building / Atelier Hitoshi Abe


Architect: Atelier Hitoshi Abe
Location: Miyagino-ku, Sendai,
Project team: Hideo Yaguchi, Azuma Orikasa
Collaborator: Asao Tokolo(façade design)
Structural Design: Arup Japan
Construction: Iwata Chizaki Construction Corporation Tohoku
Site Area: 377 sqm
Project Area: 1,977 sqm
Design Year: 2003-2006
Completion Date: 2007-2008
Photographs: Daici Ano

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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.

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tree diagram

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.

Cite: "Ftown Building / Atelier Hitoshi Abe" 14 Jul 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=28827>


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

    Although I think Hitoshi Abe, is better…

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

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

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

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

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

      Thank You

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    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.

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

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

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