john szot studio: shibuya tower
 
john szot studio: shibuya tower
dec 27, 2011

john szot studio: shibuya tower

‘shibuya tower’ by john szot studio, tokyo, japan all images courtesy john szot studio

brooklyn-based firm john szot studio has designed ‘shibuya tower’, a residential block for the shibuya ward of tokyo, japan. the city’s longstanding guidelines for urban planning have led to an intimate connection within the built environment, either adding to existing structures or continuously surpassing and concealing smaller buildings. responding to the sporadic and choatic growth of the urban fabric, the external appearance and internal arrangement intends to encapsulate the large scale development patterns into a singular microcosmic element.

john szot studio: shibuya tower exterior

a variety of housing typologies were randomly arranged with computer-aided design techniques to create an unpredictable and emergent spatial organization. a loose set of parameters allowed the system to distribute the units freely, sans logical reasoning imposed by an architectural mindset. paired with their unique external expression, a landscape of ill-matched facades required local small-scale resolution to join their differences, generating unique internal experiences between occupants and their outward views. the range of apartment sizes allows individuals of diverse economic status to live in close proximity to each other, rejecting the typical patterns found in urban areas and supporting lively and dynamic communities.

john szot studio: shibuya tower kitchen

john szot studio: shibuya tower yoga room

john szot studio: shibuya tower studio

john szot studio: shibuya tower bathroom

john szot studio: shibuya tower small bathroom

john szot studio: shibuya tower penthouse lounge during the day

john szot studio: shibuya tower penthouse lounge at night

john szot studio: shibuya tower floor plan / level 0

john szot studio: shibuya tower floor plan / level 1

john szot studio: shibuya tower floor plan / level 2

john szot studio: shibuya tower programmatic diagram

  • some simplistic old idea of architecture as metaphor: shibuya = chaos = collaged facade. why aren’t we more critical of tired repeated work?

    baabaa
  • Can’t agree more. Is very much in the zeitgeist and very inventive too!

    Mario
  • Ok this is one of my fav. Modern pieces. It’s very blade runner influenced. Very cool.

    Loli
  • Ok this is one of my fav. Modern pieces. It’s very blade runner influenced. Very cool.

    Loli

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