27 Jan '16, 8pm

Necessity is the mother of invention...or in this case, strategically placed holes.

Necessity is the mother of invention...or in this case, strategically placed holes.

image via Tomoyuki Kurokawa Architects Small, urban lots can be tricky, especially in Tokyo, Japan—a city as dense as New York City. But a 6-story concrete building in a dense block of Tokyo manages to take advantage of limited space without sacrificing style. Designed by local studio Tomoyuki Kurokawa Architects , the Kitasenzoku Apartment is a mixed-use block that serves as an office and residence, as well as lounge space for students from the nearby Tokyo Institute of Technology. The faceted volume of this apartment is punctured by holes that make up windows, balconies and open-air stairwells. image via Tomoyuki Kurokawa Architects The building designers did not intend to use holes as functioning elements of the building at first, but were forced to go that route because of limited usable space in the neighborhood. In order to avoid blocking other buildings from sunligh...

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