5. Fukushima Gender Equality Center, Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, Japan, 2000
The Fukushima Gender Equality Centre sits at the base of a hill in front of Kasumiga Castle, in historic Nihonmatsu City. The building rests on a brick foundation sunken into the hill, and surrounds an open south-facing courtyard to the rear.
The louver-clad upper levels enclosing this courtyard appear to float above this base. On the interior, a three-dimensional public space serves as the building’s core. A variety of functions (training rooms, meeting rooms, exhibit and information areas, and guest rooms) surround the core and create a constant sense of activity and life here.
4. Toyama Shimin Plaza, Toyama, Japan, 1989
Toyama Shimin Plaza is the centrepiece of a large cityscape revitalization project. It is comprised of a central atrium surrounded by a variety of smaller spaces, including an art gallery, music hall, theatre studio, civic learning centre, foreign language school, restaurant, cafés, and shops. These program spaces are used to support the residents’ cultural, art and learning activities, and are connected through continuous public areas.
3. Skyline @ Orchard Boulevard,2015
The Skyline will be a 147-meter tall, 33-storey luxury residential condominium near Orchard Boulevard, with 40 residential units (5 types) of varying sizes ranging from 120 m² to 470 m².
In order to capitalize on the zoning restrictions of the site, the residential zone of the luxury residential condominium is elevated 20-meter to maximize and capture the immaculate views beyond. Furthermore, all four corners of the condominium will have balconies surrounded by a living and dining space, becoming an extension of living space for each residence.
The site is conceived to be a layering of numerous green spaces, and with all residential balconies surrounded with greenery, the residential units above will seamlessly grow from the landscape below.
3. PASSIVETOWN 2nd block, Kurobe, Toyama, Japan, 2016
The 3.7-hectare master plan proposes 250 apartment units organized in multiple housing sectors around a communal zone. The project aims to provide a comfortable living environment with minimal energy consumption by improving thermal performance of insulation and openings, minimizing air filtration, and taking advantage of natural resources, such as sunlight and wind. Living room terraces, balconies, sun rooms, and verandas are designed to take advantage of sunlight and wind while also offering hints about the flow of time and changing seasons. The buildings are designed to blend in with a new grove of trees and are hoped to propose a new community model that co-habitats with nature.
2. Jewish Community of Japan
The Jewish Community of Japan is a private centre supporting the life and culture of Tokyo’s Jewish community.
The basement houses parking and a ritual cleansing bath. The first level houses a multi-purpose space for 200 people, a supporting kosher kitchen, and a smaller lounge for more intimate gatherings. The second level houses an 86-seat synagogue, classrooms, a library, and the Rabbi residence.
A light-filled atrium mediates the area between these spaces and serves as the main entry point for the complex. The exterior is characterized by cedar board formed concrete, with custom-patterned tile surfaces on the street and garden facades.