MAKUHARI BAY NEW TOWN

Chiba, Japan, 1992 - 03/01/1996
PROGRAM: 190 units of housing, retail and public facilities
CLIENT: Mitsui Fudosan Group
SIZE: 27,601 sq ft
STATUS: completed
The new town of Makuhari is sited on a dredged fill at the rim of Tokyo Bay. Our concept interrelates two distinct types: silent heavyweight buildings and active lightweight structures. The silent buildings shape urban space and passage with apartments entered via inner garden courts. The concrete bearing walls have thick facades and a rhythmic sequence of openings. Slightly inflected according to sunlight they gently bend space and passage. Celebration of natural phenomena is taken up by the lightweight "activist" forms. Individuated "sounds" invade the heavyweight "silence" of the bracketing buildings. Inspired by Basho's The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the semi-public inner gardens and the perspectival arrangement of activist houses form an inner journey.
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AWARDS

  • JAPANESE BUILDING CONTRACTORS SOCIETY AWARD, Japan, 1997
  • NYC AIA Architecture Project Award, USA, 1993
  • CREDITS

    • architect
      • – Steven Holl Architects
        • Steven Holl (design architect)
        • Tomoaki Tanaka (project architect)
        • Mario Gooden, Tom Jenkinson, Janet Cross, Terry Surjan (project team, master plan)
        • Anderson Lee, Sumito Takashina, Sebastian Schulze, Gundo Sohn, Justin Korhammer, Bradford Kelley, Lisina Fingerhuth, Anna Müller, Jan Kinsbergen, Hideaki Ariizumi (project team, design development/construction)
    • associate architects
      • – Kajima Design
        • Toshio Enomoto, Masahiro Shimazaki, Kazuhiko Funo, Akihito Morino, Yashushi Ninomiya (project team)
      • – K. Sone & Environmental Design Associates
        • Konichi Sone (principal)
        • Tomoko Watanabe (project architect)
        • Yoshihiro Kanamaru, Hisakazu Ishijima (project team)
    • engineer
      • – Kajima Design
    • block design coordinator
      • – Konichi Sone
    • block architect
      • – Toshio Enomoto
      • – Kajima Design
    • landscape architect
      • – JUKA Garden and Architecture
    • lighting consultant
      • – L'Observatoire International
    • general contractor
      • – Kajima Design
      • – Kaisei
      • – Mitsui Fudosan Group
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