Architecture: APOLLO Architects & Associates - Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: Kitayamacho Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
Completion: March 2012
Site Area: 104.36 sqm
Total Floor Area: 88.98sqm (40.99sqm/1F, 40.99sqm/2F)
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa
The second film by Sofia Coppola was acclaimed by the critics, and with fair reasons. It shows in a subtle but deep way the contrasts between Japanese and American cultures, utilizing the amazing city of Tokyo as a background for this.
Characters are immerse in a quite different environment, which atmosphere is shown through the scenes where they interact with the foreign surroundings. This atmospheres are represented in a way beyond the typical approach of other films, trying somehow to really understand how this spaces are perceived.
As always, we wait for your comments about the movie and specifically about this culture shock concept and architecture.
Since it’s opening on May 22, the Tokyo Skytree has already experienced an overwhelming amount of visitors. As reported by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the 634-meter (2,080 feet) structure has surpassed the previously tallest communications tower, Canton Tower in China, by 34 meters. The Tokyo Skytree took four years to construct and is double the height of Japan’s 333-meter Tokyo Tower.
Tokyo Skytree’s name and design concept is described by the developer as, “The creation of city scenery transcending time: A fusion of traditional Japanese beauty and neo-futuristic design”. Continue reading for more.
You may remember Sou Fujimoto Architects radical House NA from this video we shared with you last November. Designed for a young couple in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood, the 914 square-foot transparent house contrasts the typical concrete block walls seen in most of Japan’s dense residential areas. Associated with the concept of living within a tree, the spacious interior is comprised of 21 individual floor plates, all situated at various heights, that satisfy the clients desire to live as nomads within their own home.
Continue after the break for more images and information on House NA.
The HA Tower, designed by Frontoffice + Francois Blanciak, proposes a hybrid model for urban life that embraces the city, pulling it in the heart of the units, while still offering large open spaces that otherwise are only available on the urban fringe. Located in Higashi-Azabu, within walking distance of a cluster of rail lines, Shiba Park, and the iconic Tokyo Tower, the corner site is small, covering only 130 square meters and is constrained by a floor area ratio that limits construction to 8 floors. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Yoritaka Hayashi Architects
Location: Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
Collaborators: Akira Suzuki / ASA (Structural Engineer) , Takasou Takahashi / SESSE-Design (Façade Consultant)
Site Area: 40.01 sqm
Building Area: 32.17 sqm
Total Floor Area: 99.80 sqm
Project Year: December of 2010
Structure: Steel frame
Photographs: Takumi Ota
Architect: Satoru Hirota Architects – Satoru Hirota
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Program: Single family house
Structural Design: nieda+hisaeda architects / Taizen Nieda+Taizo Komatsu
Contractor: Eiger Co. Ltd, / Noriaki Fujii+Masakazu Sasaki+Koji Misaki
Site Area: 294.90 sqm
Built-up Area: 108.21 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Satoru Hirota Architects