5 Sep 2010

tokyo apartments

Tokyo Apartments, Sou Fujimoto, 2010. The stacking of boxes of house type presents problems both with structure and logic. The structural problems are overcome by accepting the structure as part of the architecture, however the way the structure makes itself visible here is fundamentally different from the full frontal assault of Shinohara's House in Uehara or some of Sakamoto's houses were the the structure is left exposed in unexpected places because the absence of a will to resolve the problem, different layers of default interacting. Here the structure is exposed trough the default placement of the windows.

The rotations in plan but not in section expose something different. The series of house type boxes are only manipulated in height, houses without a plot. Is this a series of stacked plots in Delirious Tokyo? It is definitely contextual in a way that makes the word lose its meaning.

The house is default white and gives an answer to the question of how the bottom of a house looks. It is white too. 
It is still a very fun project to visit. To me it is neither beautiful nor ugly. But also not very resolved or critical.  

Note Casa Brutus in the window and the sign proclaiming the name.

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