New semester, new task.
I am still following the course of the teaching-team from last semester, but this time we have Kumiko Inui from Japan with us as a visiting professor.
We started last week on the challenge of designing a new hotel, with an additional program, situated next to the Haneda International Airport.
The airport is located on the coastline of Tokyo Bay, and faces the traditional fishing town, Anamori Shrine. We are designing a place for passengers in transit, but avoiding the dull airporthotell, which gives the same experience wherever you are in the world. Our hotel should give a feeling of the experience of visiting a Japanes small town and its culture, and in addition we are adding another program (of our own choice), which will serve both hotelguests and the local inhabitants of Haneda/Anamori.
Here comes a summary and the fragments of the project from last semester,
before I start a new one tomorrow…..
inside the city / the city garden / porte de la chapelle/ project description
The project will provide a more personal and varied experience of living than one usually get in a big scale and dense structure in the city.
A fragmentation of this large structure will create intimate zones, that gives the inhabitants a feeling of living in smaller neighbourhoods within the big city scale.
Recreation and contemplation are life qualities that should be more important in our daily life than most people allow it to be, or have the possibility to let it be. These qualities has been implemented in elements that appears on various levels in all parts of the project.
Our project is based around the city gardens.
These gardens are both private and public, and also something in between, depending on where they appear. You have your own private garden on your balcony and if you want some more company, you have a garden that you share with your closest neighbors. If you want to have some more space, see other people or interact with your surroundings in a wider sense, you can use the public park where all the neighborhoods of the block has invited the city to join you and play. And once in a while or maybe everyday, if you want to enjoy a more active recreation, you go to the gym or you go for a swim in the waterpark.
These variety of recreational spaces gives opportunities for new ways of meeting your neighbor and invites the inhabitants to interact with each other instead of only living separate lives in their own “cells” in a large unit.