An Illuminated Life
Shinonome Canal Court Central Zone
Tokyo, Japan
construction completed in 2003 to 2005
Shinonome Canal Court CODAN (Zone 1 - 4 and 6)
basic scheme by Urban Renaissance Agency and Nihon Sekkei, Inc.
design concept supervizor Riken Yamamoto
landscape supervisor Hiroki Hasegawa
Zone 1 basic plan by Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop
Zone 2 by Toyo Ito & Associates
Zone 3 by Kengo Kuma & Associates and Research Institute of Architecture
Zone 4 by Yama Architects & Partners
Zone 6 by Kenchiku Design Studio and Yamamoto Hori Architects
landscape design by Studio On Site
sign design by Hiromura Design Office Inc.
Apartments Sinonome Canal Court (Zone 5)
architecture by ADH Architects + WORKSTATION
Shinonome Canal Court Central Zone
photo © Toshio KANEKO

2004 IIDA / Award of Merit 2005 Good Design Award / Good Design Architecture 2006 IEIJ / Good Lighting Design Award
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Shinonome Canal Court Central Zone is an urban style housing complex accomodating some 2,000 families. Six architects designed six buildings practicing their ambitious concepts through collaboration with experts of landscape, sign and lighting. The aim of lighting plans was to remodel the whole town's nighttime landscape by taking advantage of unique structures of the buildings. The region's traits of progressiveness is shown in some experiments. One example is a cube-shaped fixture that works as a bench for pedestrian and a sign to indicate the paths as well as an illuminating tool. Another is LED fixtures installed in the S-shaped walkway. Blue lights like a small canal remind people of the identity of the area.

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