1991 – Earthtecture Sub-1 – Shin Takamatsu

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. As a result of analyzing the strict legal restrictions on site coverage and building height, as well as the developer’s draft program, architect Shin Takamatsu’s 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 the 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.


Name: Earthtecture Sub-1 │Type: Office│Architect: Shin Takamatsu│Completed: 1991

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