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.