Momoyo Kaijima (1969, Tokyo) is the co-found of the Tokyo-based architecture studio Atelier Bow-Wow, established in 1992 and nowadays one of Japan’s leading offices. The office is well known for its domestic and cultural architecture and its research exploring the urban conditions of micro, ad hoc architecture. With her partner Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, they have been experimenting with design theories that introduce a new vocabulary to the urban studies and new concepts for public spaces, such as architectural behaviorology and micro-public-space. Their projects range from houses to public and commercial buildings and public artworks, in Japan as well as in Europe and the USA.

House & Atelier Bow-Wow

Tokyo, Japan 2005

Tsukamoto and Kaijima planned their building on a small, constrained flag shape site which is connected to the street only by a narrow passage. Due to the limited space the building is organized vertically, the lower two floors assigned to the atelier and the upper two floors to the house. A staircase interconnects house and atelier and generates also room itself with its large landings.

Mado Building

Setagaya, Japan, 2006

The “Mado (jpn. window) Building” is a speculative project which, since located on sloping land, should obtain characteristics of a landmark. As no information about future tenants were defined, the architects concentrated on the contextual elements like the difference between levels on the site, the shading envelope and assumed circulation paths. But its internal rhythm, the architecture obtains through the openings which are arranged in a chequered pattern and in a mirroring relation to the surrounding buildings’ windows and balconies. Like in other projects from Atelier Bow-Wow, big size windows are a characteristic of this architecture pushing the limits between private and public space to the extreme.

Split Machiya

Tokyo, Japan 2010

The Machiya is a traditional wooden townhouse, characterized by its long shape and an enclosed courtyard. As a modern interpretation of this traditional architecture Tsukamoto and Kaijima designed Split Machiya, a building composed of two mirrored structures loosely connected by a lush courtyard. The two residences feature compact and split-level designs aimed at generating a visually open and integrated living environment.

Hanamidori Cultural Center

Tachikawa, Japan, 2005

The building is situated within the Showa Memorial Park and combines various functions of information dissemination and exchange associated with the Green Culture Zone. In the sense of “growing architecture” it has an undulating green roof which is supported by 15 cylinders. The partly openable glass enclosure of the building and the variety of natural materials which are used in design and construction, provide an interior that feels similar to an exterior.

“Our intention was for a space as comfortable as in the shade of a tree that would provide support for park activities.”

BMW Guggenheim Lab

New York, USA, 2011

Atelier Bow Wow designed a mobile laboratory that is built up in leftover spaces, giving place to formal lecture settings, celebratory gatherings, workshops, exhibitions and more. This particular museum architecture is composed of a hovering system on pillars, liberating the ground level for room arrangements according to the program’s need. Moreover, the lifted semitransparent volume creates a welcoming atmosphere and lets the facades of its neighboring buildings become the scenery. BMW and Guggenheim initiated this project in order to explore new ideas, experiment and create forward-thinking solutions for city life.

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