Tokyo Olympic Village
Tokyo, Japan
CLIENT
Young Architects Forum
STATUS
Plan Completed 2011
SERVICES
Architecture, Planning, Interiors
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Program

16,000-bed community for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Description

This competition sponsored by the AIA’s Young Architects Forum seeks a vision for Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games that is guided not only by socially- and environmentally-sustainable principles, but also by the principles of Universal Design. Universal Design has been defined as “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”

WDG’s entry for the 31-acre site for the Olympic village on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay accommodates 16,000 beds for Olympic and Paralympic athletes and for permanent residents after the completion of the games. The team critically examined the typical urban fabric, extracting the individual threads- car, pedestrian, building, path, and park- and investigated new ways these elements can weave together, or pull apart, to create a new context focused on continuity between the diverse experiences that make urban living appealing.

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