Tokyo, as the largest city in the world, attracts not only countryside Japanese but people from all over the world. In response to that and also to the land scarcity, this project is based on a well-established, in Japan, dwelling typology: a shared house. The size and privacy of the rooms vary to respond to the different needs among this population. Some of them for short term some of them for long term, all of them with different qualities.
The projects sits in the middle of one of the busiest intersection in Tokyo: Iidabashi. Surrounded by a highway, a pedestrian bridge, the street and the river, my first reaction was to try to hide from all this noise, searching for an easier site or for ways to avoid it. But after all, why not embrace this mess that sorts of represents Toyko? Why not drink your coffee while watching commuters pass by on the highway.
The orientation of the inner walls is oriented towards the different urban fabrics that compose the site. Every two floors the orthogonality respond to either the river, the pedestrian bridge or the highway. This distribution not only offers different spatial qualities on every floor and in every room but also creates a new perspective towards the city.
University of Tokyo - Bachelor, 6th semester
Studio Director: Manabu Chiba