A proposal for a Tokyo Olympic Village developing a framework for multiscalar architectural plasticity responsive to the myriad characteristics of the human condition with an emphasis on Universal Design and sustainable legacy use.
Buildings break from an orthogonal grid, creating dynamic interstitial spaces of varying scale and character. On the east side of the site these pockets become parks, engaging the water and providing green space for the city, while west side pockets are more urban in nature, allowing the existing urban fabric to infiltrate the site. The location of the site at the edge of the urban context eliminates the need for thru streets, which limits vehicular traffic on the site by bringing cars directly into structured parking or loading areas. This encourages experiences at the human scale and allows for more refined control of movement, scale, and experience.
Instead of viewing the building envelope as a barrier between indoor and outdoor space, we investigated ways to interweave the two. This resulted in a system of pedestrian streets located between buildings that link the ground plane to the elevated ground plane. These “Vias” are lined with retail and community functions, providing equity of access to residents and creating a more granular sense of neighborhood. Landscape and hardscape plazas run down the middle of each via providing moments of rest along the gradient.
Two types of dwelling modules were created for Olympic mode- a 4 person and a 6 person unit. These modules easily transform to create a mix of one, two and three bedroom units in legacy mode by the manipulation of interior walls. When transitioning, walls are repositioned to create larger bedrooms and additional program spaces not necessary to the Olympic program. Community and outdoor space and vertical circulation are located throughout the buildings and are celebrated by large expanses of glass. This allows for visual connections that enable the occupant to perceive where they are within the larger context.
The result of this design investigation is a new kind of urban fabric that weaves together social, economic, and environmental issues creating a space that integrates the disparate diverse experiences that make city living exciting into a continuous experience that allows the any urban dweller to easily access and enjoy them.