Tokyo Replay Center 3rd Prize
The aim of this competition was to develop a new leisure center in central Tokyo. The center had to fit with the lifestyle of Japanese society while offering a new method of entertainment designed especially for them.
We were asked to locate it in a traditional Japanase empty and narrow plot next to Akihabara's train station, Akihabara is worldwide known for beeing the central district for new technology, manga and anime in Tokyo.
The plot was aproximately about 15x50 meters long with the two 15 meter facades towards busy streets, and the only requirement was to fulfill the program in less than ten floors height.
here the brief text following the competition pannel:
The project outwardly follows the urban fabric of Akihabara, but stays hidden inside a large opening of the Tokyo skyline. Aesthetically topped by a mosaic, a plaza surmounts a podium flanked by two emerging towers of stacked zashiki boxes that are incorporated into the multipurpose activity public space between the bar and the kitchens. Located below this level one can find the auditorium - exposition space, and the “otaku market” divided in two floors directly connected to the My Way 2.
Tokyo Replay Center delimitates a space of calm within the chaos of a city. It generates a void energized by tradition, a redoubt where the mind plays, a refuge of unlimited exchange, opened not only to the materiality of existence but also to the reunion of the spirit. In the same way that the violence of the great wave of Kanagawa contrasts with the serenity of the empty background, the implantation of the towers matches the calm of the empty space: a yin and a yang.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Tokyo, JP
Additional Credits: David Santos Castillo