When I first came to Tokyo, I was surprised of how much it didn’t look like my expectation. I expected Tokyo to be a city of tall skyscrapers and wide avenues. Instead I found a city of small, detached houses along curvy roads.
Back in Denmark, I was used to see these white minimalistic houses on architectural blogs from all over the world. But what I found, was something completely different.
I like to think that Tokyo, is the most beautiful ugly city in the world. However, the more I am here, the more I come to like its ugliness. Tokyo’s small streets and detached houses make it a city full of spatial surprises.
But developing a little further into the rationales behind the architecture, I come to understand - and appreciate - why Japan is the birthplace this kind of architecture. In order to completely understand it, however, it is also necessary to try and design different houses in the city. For that reason I chose to do both: Read, write and design Tokyo.
This house investigates the gap lot: A deep, narrow lot that is so common in Tokyo. Situated along a covered river, the house is both home and shop - a typology often seen in these parts.
My concluding master thesis that investigates the shared space of the city that is so characteristic of Tokyo.