Tokyo Waterfront Masterplan

After the relocation of Tokyo Harbor's industrial harbor facilities and Tsukiji Fish Market to the outer city, the Chuo Ward Municipal Governement was faced with a tremendous opportunitya huge tract of vacated land in center Tokyo. This proposal was developed for the Chuo Ward Government who sponsored a series of master plan visions for the vacated waterfront. The proposed plan seeks to reconnect citizens and visitors of the Chuo Ward with Tokyo's canal waterways that have long been forgotten as a public amenity. A variety of functions that support daily life are brought together around the canals, making them civic centerscreating a collection of self-sufficient micro-communities at the canals, in keeping with Tokyo's reputation as a sea of villages. Furthermore, the proposal looks to strengthen uniquely Japanese concepts of spacereinforcing the spatial richness that occurs in many Japanese cities known as the spectrum of 'Ma' and 'Oku', consisting of many layers of public, semi-public, and private spaces that create a progression that Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki likened to moving through the layers of an onion. This spatial richness is reinforced by the variety of scales of streets, waterways, and open spaces. The use of a variety of intervention strategies mixes bolder moves with more surgical interventions in areas with established communities.

    • Location
    • Tokyo, Japan
    • Type
    • Master Plan, Urban Design
    • Status
    • Proposal
    • Size
    • Approximately 1-square mile
    • Credits
    • Dustin Stephens (MOA)
    • Bobby Cheng (Brewin Design Office)