1991 – Imanishi Motoakasaka – Shin Takamatsu

Architect Shin Takamatsu has known this client since he designed office buildings in Kansai area. At the chance, he was honor to design the client’s first project in Tokyo. The site is a plot of Motoakasaka, Minato-ku; a prime location where office buildings gather. However, the client consistently requested only establishment of Shin Takamatsu’s originality. It is an entirely unrelated request to the site location and the building type. Therefore, the architect again had an opportunity to concentrate on a historical proposition “creation of new architecture”. This architecture’s theme was defined as “Mask” because, at this time to create a self-directive architecture in Tokyo where a lot of symbols overflow, the architect considered that to excessively extend the separation from the building type is only the method. Therefore, the architect concentrated on the method with his original theory.


Name: Imanishi Motoakasaka│Type: Commercial│Architect: Shin Takamatsu│Completed: 1991

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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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