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Japan 2020Takanawa Gateway Station


A new station on the Yamanote Loop line in Tokyo will become its 30th. It will open at the same time as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The station name was chosen with the expectation that it will become a new sea and land gateway for Tokyo that is integrated with the “New Town” that is being developed on a 13 hectare site in front of the station.
A large membrane structure roof was placed over the town and station in order to provide a seamless connection between them. The membrane is supported by an Origami shaped frame that is made with steel beams and laminated Japanese cedar members.
Differing from conventional stations, the space on the inside of the station is a bright wide open space with a high ceiling. The combination of the wood frame and white membrane evokes an image of “shoji screens” in Japan that use Japanese handmade paper.
A traditional technique called “Yamato-bari” was used for the walls in which wooden boards are applied to give the wall an uneven surface. This created a warm space on a human scale that is not found in conventional stations.

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Team Minoru Yokoo, Keita Watanabe*, Tomoyuki Yokoi*, Kimio Suzuki, Yuzuru Kamiya, Go Terasawa, Hisako Tokai, Atsushi Kawanishi*, Takumi Nakahara*, Minako Izumi* Construction Obayashi Corporation Cooperation JR East Design Corporation Facility JR East Design Corporation Illumination LPA – Lighting Planners Associates Award みなとモデル二酸化炭素固定認証制度表彰 第1回 最優秀賞, 令和3年度木材利用優良施設コンクール 木材利用推進中央協議会 会長賞, 照明普及賞 東京支部審査委員特別賞, 令和2年度鉄道建築協会賞 最優秀協会賞, Good Design Award 2020 Publication Casa BRUTUS 2024/6 vol.290 , Nikkei Architecture 2022/1/27 No.1208 , Nikkei Architecture 2020/12/24 No.1182 , Casa BRUTUS 2021/01 vol.249 , Casa BRUTUS 2020/06 vol.243 , Shinkenchiku 2020/05 , GA JAPAN 163 , Nikkei Architecture 2019/12/26 No.1158 , Nikkei Architecture 2019/01/24 No.1136 , Nikkei Architecture 2019/01/24 No.1136 , Casa BRUTUS 2018/11 vol.224 , Nikkei Architecture 2018/01/25 , GA JAPAN 147 , Shinkenchiku 2017/03 , GA JAPAN 144 , Shinkenchiku 2016/10 , Nikkei Architecture 2016/09/22 Photography ©︎ East Japan Railway Company