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.


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.


yoga room



small bathroom

penthouse lounge during the day

penthouse lounge at night

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

programmatic diagram

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

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

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

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

    baabaa says:

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