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Step Tower / EASTERN Design Office

  • 00:00 - 29 July, 2013
Step Tower / EASTERN Design Office
© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

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© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

Text description provided by the architects. A stark white ship that sails in the middle of the bustling sea of colors. 

© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

The ship floating on the ocean suddenly appears in a shopping center. It evokes a feeling not of a resort area, but of an exotic corner of a town in some southern country. A feeling of a ship that comes across this area by chance.

© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

It makes you imagine the wave splashes that occur when the bow heads-on through the sea.  It is a pencil building of 9.7 meter width and 21.6 meter depth. Big holds are designed for the balconies at the southwest corner. These holes become bigger as the floors go upwards from the bottom.  You can have the same image when you look up the bow from under it. 

© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

It is simple, neat and clean. You look up the smooth and pure white exterior wall. This reminds you of a cool life style in some southern country, or of being on a trip, and spending days at a tropical land in a quest of change of air. 

It is an apartment house for rent built at Ibaraki-city in Osaka, a town with a population of 270,000. This town is not only a residential one, but it is now calling for the development of industrial areas for research and development facilities of universities and industrial firms. Therefore, the population is also increasing as an industrial town. This architecture is built at the shopping district, the center of this town, which is located in front of the JR station. 

© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

It is a building of 10 stories of RC structure consisting of:a tenant spaces at the first floor, one room apartment houses for singles at 2-4 floors, and 2LDK and 3LDk for families at 5-10 floors. 

© Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

The surrounding buildings are 4-5 stories height. So it is not proper to have a big slit (opening section) for this building.  The open space of each floor gets wider as the floor level becomes higher, and you can get a wider sky view. This idea is reflected in the design of this building. 

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Step Tower / EASTERN Design Office" 29 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/406547/step-tower-eastern-design-office/> ISSN 0719-8884
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城市海洋中的一帆巨轮 大阪阶梯公寓楼 / EASTERN Design Office