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Tokyo Architecture Week: Billboard Building

09 Apr

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In a city like Tokyo, space is always at a premium.  This, combined with some odd construction laws, has resulted in a many oddly-shaped building plots, and the rise of ‘pet architecture’, a uniquely Tokyo phenomenon of tiny, often impossibly narrow buildings on oddly-shaped sites.

The Billboard building was designed by Klein Dytham architects.  At just 2.5m wide and 11m long, it is a fine example of pet architecture.

Situated on a busy arterial road, the architects describe the building as an “inhabitable billboard” which showcases the jewellery store’s merchandise inside.  A bamboo graphic is impressed onto the grass, creating an illusion of nature from the outside, and beautiful dappled lighting inside.

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Posted by on April 9, 2009 in architecture, building, focusing

 

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