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ARQ (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0717-6996

ARQ (Santiago)  no.91 Santiago dic. 2015 


Kitamoto Station Plaza
Tokio, Japón | 2012 - 2015


Atelier Bow-Wow(1)


An architecture project can define not only the shape of public space but can also generate scenarios to instigate community participation in the shaping of these. In this project, Atelier Bow-Wow demonstrates the possibility of producing commonality through a process in which, before designing the physical space, the architect invents a space for citizen participation that creates community.

Keywords: commonality, participation, revitalization, public space, Tokyo.


© Atelier Bow-Wow

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto –Atelier Bow-Wow’s principal– explaining the participatory process prior to the design of Kikamoto Station. fadeu uc auditorium, May 4, 2015.
© Plan Común

This project involves not only the design of a new station plaza, but also the provocation of the civic attention on town management and the revitalization of existing commercial streets in order to prepare for a new mode of citizen life in the super-aged society of typical Tokyo suburbia.

Atelier Bow-Wow has been working for 5 years on this project during which they firstly reduced the traffic area covered by asphalt and produced green gathering areas for the public. This operation was the key catalyst of the project: a new committee to discuss the use of this public space was formed, the human resources who actually use it and thus activate it were identified, and various activities including a vegetable market and a crafts market were proposed and are presently prepared for the grand opening.

In this way, the project exemplifies a new type of public sphere which operates by connecting the producers of the urban environment (municipality, engineer, architect) with the citizen.

Plan. Published scale 1: 750

Drawing. © Atelier Bow-Wow

© Atelier Bow-Wow

© Atelier Bow-Wow

Section perspective. N. S.
© Atelier Bow-Wow

Architects: Atelier Bow Wow + Tokyo Institute of Technology Tsukamoto Lab / Location: Kitamoto, Saitama, Japón / Client: Kitamoto City / Structural engineering: Kanebako Structural Engineers / Materials: Structure: Steel; Pavement: interlocking pavers, grass block / Project year: 2012 / Construction year: 2012 - 2015 / Built area: 1.466 m² / Site area: 1.466 m² / Cost: USD $ 4.170.000

1. Atelier Bow-Wow | Atelier Bow-Wow is a Tokyo-based architecture firm founded by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima in 1992. Bow-Wow’s interest lies in diverse fields ranging from architectural design to urban research and the creation of public artworks, which are produced based on the theory called ‘behaviorology’. The practice has designed and built houses, public and commercial buildings mainly in Tokyo, but also in Europe and the USA. Their urban research studies lead to experimental projects of ‘micro-public-space’, a new concept of the public space which has been exhibited across the world.

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