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Motorcycles Welcome

Motorcycles Welcome
Design
Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 4 april 2008

Japanese architects Yuji Nakae, Akiyoshi Takagi and Hirofumi Ohno recently unveiled a new apartment building in Tokyo they designed that caters to motorcycle riders. The building’s unique circular courtyard provides garage access for each of the eight units. The architects also noted that the layout of the courtyard also provides maneuvering space for the riders to turn their bikes around for parking.

The exterior of the building has long sweeping bands of windows that imply speed and movement. The design of each unit seems to have been influenced by the motorcycles less is better approach. The buildings reinforced concrete has been left exposed in many areas.

While the request from a client to provide garage space might usually fall far down the to-do list of many architects, this solution is inspiring because the entire building emerges from creatively solving a parking problem.

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