Frank Lloyd Wright is usually the first architect who comes to mind when someone mentions modern ‘organic architecture’ – this incredible Japanese housing structure is a strange new take on the fusion of modernistic ideas and naturalistic aesthetics. Perhaps the most important distinction: FLW was inspired by horizontal landscapes of the Midwest, but this tower deals with a Far East vertical urban landscape.
From the outside, the ‘modern’ elements and ‘organic’ ones are strongly separated – a tree-like curved-and-cut facade covers angular construction on the lower floors and terminates midway up the building, leaving a very modern-looking box on top. Pedestrians are thus presented with an engaging and animated street-front face – but passers by across the street are given a glimpse above as well.
Inside, however, these disparate shapes and styles merge into a fluid mixture within an interior courtyard defined by both strong lines and seemingly endless curves. In turn, interior hallways are likewise defined by the curve of each window element as well as flat walls and angular corners.
Light from this central open space animates the circulation areas on all sides – all part of the Eastern Design Office plan to give the building as much interior life as their is on the streets beyond it, providing visual connections as well as natural light to all of the apartment units and the spaces that connect them.