3rd Year Studio Solo Work, Tianjin University, Winter 2014
Advisor: Zhang Xin Nan, Wang Xuan
Site: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
The project is a response to the current social context among young people in Tokyo, Japan.
The project is located at Tenjin-cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, with limitation of space and residential density. According to the investigation, the residences here are always tight in space and the unemployment rate rocket high for young people, so the residential condition here is quite low with only about 20 square meters in size, just like living in capsules. There is no affordable decent life for any newly graduated young people in such expensive place. As a challenge, this project is to design a kind of transitional residence for young people. Although the high density of residence is an objective problem, and just to opposite a prosperous street is standing as a vigorous public space.
To discuss this issue from a larger scale, the habitants are living in the private space and sharing space such as kitchen, dining room and street, so the share space became a limited public space. To some extents, the sharing space could be considered as an extension, invasion or a knife cut from the outside public space, which had opened a tunnel for the outside running cars to observe the urban crevice in the continuous architectural interface.
Therefore, I’d like to concept my design as Share House which is to squeeze the exclusive private space such as the kitchen and dining room as share public space for few roommates and expand the private living space instead. Of course, this could be influenced by the habitants’ qualities and acquaintanceship, and this is also my wish to build good friendship and social relations among people.
Another axis of private and public is vertical. The ground floor and the top floor (thanks to elevator) are functionally more public. The floors in the middle are more private in its function. The Ground floor is directly connected to the street and top floor can be reached by the lift. And combine the axis of private and public they had jointly founded the publicity and privacy of this architecture.