Aoyama 346

Lead DesignerRyuichi Sasaki+Rieko Okumura
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Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

Aoyama 346 is an urban oasis, an interplay of multiple green triangles, which articulate the liminal spaces that intermediate between the interior and the exterior.
A triangular, two-story void features potted plants that hang from above, folding greenery into the building and offering visual connection with the adjacent main-street. Retail spaces are punctured by semi-open triangular balconies around the building’s corners. A triangular bridge connects the two zones of the complex, from which exposed beams intersect on the exterior to juxtapose the building with the landscape elements. In particular, the linear arrangements, and glass in the skylight hall showcases infinite interplay of angular forms, where sunlight pours through the top light and the vertical slit and bounces off among the striated, reflective materials. These elements, together with the surrounding landscape, are projected onto the lustrous tiles on the façade and the glass curtain walls, further reinforcing the idea of interpenetration.


The International Design Awards (IDA) Awards 2016, GOLD Winner, Interior, Conceptual Category

Ryuichi Sasaki (Principal, SASAKI ARCHITECTURE)
1970 Born in Tokyo, Japan
1989-1994 Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA, Bachelor of Architecture
1994-1995 Columbia University, NYC, USA, Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design
1994-1995 Asymptote Architecture, NYC, USA
1996-2004 Kumesekkei Co.,Ltd, Tokyo, Japan
2001-Present Phiframe, Co-Principal
2004-Present SASAKI ARCHITECTURE, Principal
2014-Present S.A.A.O, Co-Principal

Rieko Okumura (Principal, Atelier O)
1977 Born in Osaka, Japan
2000 Tsuda College, Bachelor Degree
2009 Musashino Art University, Bachelor Degree
2014 Establish of Atelier O
2014-Present S.A.A.O, Co-Principal
Visiting Instructor for Musashino Art University