Matsudo is a bedroom community on Tokyo's eastern fringe. The entertainment district, centered around the … Read More
Matsudo, Japan 2011
Matsudo is a bedroom community on Tokyo's eastern fringe. The entertainment district, centered around the main train station, is an aging cluster of hostess bars and pachinko parlors. The cash-strapped municipality is seeking to reform its image by revitalizing key areas outside the central business district.
The city is crisscrossed by several canals, but these waterways lack lively cafes, bars, and shops that give character to the canals of Amsterdam, Venice, or even Kyoto. We were asked to design low-cost shelters to can be leased to local entrepreneurs who wish to start small izakaya (bars), cafes, and shops. It will be located at the intersection of one of the main avenue's and a central canal beneath a prominent telecommunications aerial.
These low-cost units' arched roofs are formed by curving cellular polycarbonate sheets onto a bent timber frame. The translucent covering provides plenty of daylight for growing plants inside and at night they will glow with nightlife within. Light can spill onto the new canalside path lined by outdoor seating beneath cherry trees.
The profile of these gothic arches with their colorful traditional noren (entrance curtains) will create a recognizable symbol for Matsudo's revitalization initiative.