Bow? Wow!

Here’s an architecture office I really love for their architectural sense of humor: Atelier Bow-Wow. The Tokyo-based office was established in 1992 by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima. They have a lot of interesting looking books, including Pet Architecture Guidebook, which confusingly has nothing to do with pets, rather they use ‘pet architecture’ to mean urban infill, buildings squeezed into leftover urban spaces. You think the Flatiron building is crammed in? Try House Tower, with a footprint of under 19 square meters (that’s less than 200 square feet).

Other projects include Juicy House (with orange-juice colored interiors), Nora House, Sway House, and a sod vegetable kiosk. They seem to have kept themselves busy with what look like self-generated projects (including books and exhibitions) when clients weren’t available, and then continued to work on their own projects even now when they’re internationally known. Very inspirational.



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One Response to “Bow? Wow!”

  1. Paul Lukas

    Wow, their stuff looks great! The Sway House looks like one of those “illusion” drawings where the steps go around in a square and appear to keep going upward even though they’re just going around in a circle (or, um, square). Cool!