While the shape and function of the sink has remained largely similar throughout its modernization, as a network it has greatly changed through time, perhaps most tangibly expressed in the reduction of the visibility of water in Japanese daily life. Even though water-supply systems were introduced within cities in the Edo Period, daily water management still entailed close human interactions: guarding the water source, lifting water from the well, common laundry activities, etc. Although the widespread introduction of underground water-piping systems and pumps after World War Two enabled the direct delivery of water to individual apartments, wastewater still remained open and thus visible. Further improvements in the closing decades of the twentieth century, in the form of pressure pumps, facilitated universal direct supply, even to multistory buildings. At the same time, grey water and black water are now systematically transported to treatment plants through a sewage system, hidden from sight, before being fed back into rivers or the sea.

Ginza Exrtavaganza

What would «Tokyo Palazzo» look like if it was built in Ginza? Which spatial schemes, functional and programmatic division would fit best for the intricate needs and habits of the building’s residents and tenants? How a <<palazzo≫ would interact with the context, which urban qualities will it create and which characteristics will become dominant at this specific place? How flexible should it be to be able to suit both nowadays and future needs of society?
The spirit and soul of the area would affect building’s character and appearance which will make the typology of a <<Ginza palazzo» unique for Tokyo.

Light Path

This is a project focusing on not only the behavior of different types of species, but also the behavior and construction way of the materials. The target is to create a food chain rather than a habitat, utilizing the wax, which has typical properties in physics and biology. In the daytime, the whole structure looks like a landscape. At night, with the special night-light, each wax egg declares as a glow, at the same time attracting the insects as well as leading the path for some creatures like geckos. From the prefabricated unit to the whole, the rope structure is the principal line. Using various ways to fix the unit to the site, it is more closely combined with nature.


House Atrium / Atelier Bow- Wow

S, M, L

In Tokyo, cars dispose of a complex network of domestic, local and metropolitan roadways. Our project aims to hack this system using the bike, and make every street in Tokyo more bikeable.

We first categorized different streets into types. Each type provides a different set of functions. Some are very straight and fast, easy to pursue through the city and others are more lively and narrow. Our goal is not to make all streets the same (as this often happens with bike lanes) but rather to maintain each type’s special character. The picture we had always in mind was one of a ski resort, where different slopes are marked out by different colors that identify very different experiences.