Shin Takamatsu Architect and Associates Co.,Ltd. 株式会社高松伸建築設計事務所

Earthtecture Sub-1

A Tokyo developer, who has produced some unique projects by appointing a different architect for each one, planned to construct an office building on a site in a quiet residential area and nominated me as the architect. As a result of analyzing the strict legal restrictions on site coverage and building height, as well as the developer’s draft program, my idea was to construct the architecture mostly underground. Visible above ground are only some skylights resembling butterfly wings, which draw daylight deep underground. The design of the skylights is completely in accordance with the rules of landscape gardening. It might be called a garden of light. One of the reasons the client assented to my proposal, despite the huge expense of excavating a basement nearly 20m deep and providing countermeasures to deal with groundwater, was his faith in this garden design.

Site area
Building area
Total area
Completion Date
: Tokyo JAPAN
: B4F 1F
: 172m2
: 60m2
: 455m2
: 1991