SO&CO completes an ultra-thin, L-shaped, concrete building in tokyo
 

SO&CO completes an ultra-thin, L-shaped, concrete building in tokyo

so teruuchi of SO&CO has completed an ultra-skinny building in one of ginza’s backstreets in tokyo. set within an L-shaped plot, the building, which is intended for retail, measures just 2.7-meters wide and is four-stories tall. due to its narrow nature, the architect encountered several limitations like the fact he had to leave room for scaffolding and that they couldn’t fit any big machinery inside the plot, resulting in many tasks done by hand.

 

‘we felt that, in the middle of this packed area it would be necessary to create an iconic building that make people look up, like a bell tower,’ comments teruuchi.

SO&CO completes an ultra-thin, L-shaped, concrete building in tokyo

 

 

the building by SO&CO is divided into two volumes, a big one on the back and a thinner one on the front that connects with the alley. set within these two volumes is a compact glass staircase that connects them organically, since they differ in height. this creates a central space that is naturally illuminated where the interior rooms can look into.

SO&CO completes an ultra-thin, L-shaped, concrete building in tokyo

 

 

due to the non-resistant ground and the difficult to access L-shape site, SO&CO knew they couldn’t use a steel structure; instead the opted for a reinforced concrete one. because the foundation was limited, the building had to be as light as possible. this was resolved by designing openings as large as possible and balancing their position to assure equal loss on the buildings. these openings on the narrow entrance hall make even more evident the feeling of a space caught in an alley.

SO&CO completes an ultra-thin, L-shaped, concrete building in tokyo

 

 

the slenderness of the building is consciously increased by adding a roof terrace enclosed by a perimeter wall of 2.4 meters, resulting in a very unusual proportion of 1:7.7. inside, the structure contains five individual offices.

SO&CO completes an ultra-thin, L-shaped, concrete building in tokyo

SO&CO completes an ultra-thin, L-shaped, concrete building in tokyo

SO&CO completes an ultra-thin, L-shaped, concrete building in tokyo

SO&CO completes an ultra-thin, L-shaped, concrete building in tokyo

 

 

project info:

 

name: ginza tenant building
design: SO&CO
location: chuo-ku, tokyo
application for: commercial building
structure: rc concrete
scale: the ground 4th floor + penthouse
total floor area: 111.54㎡
year: 2019

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