Windowscape – Atelier Bow-Wow

Atelier Bow -Wow is a studio based in Tokyo, founded by the Japanese architects Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Kanagawa, 1965) and Momoyo Kaijima (Tokyo, 1969), who have designed and constructed residences and commercial public buildings above all in Tokyo, but also in Europe and the USA. Urban planning research has led the studio to a sort of experimental social project known as “micropublic- space,” which has been exhibited all over the world. The interests of Atelier Bow-Wow cover a wide range of spheres, from architectural design to urbanism, to the creation of public works based on the theory of “behaviorology.” The term behavior applies to human comportment inside and outside buildings, the combination of different environmental elements like light, air, warmth, wind and water in architecture, and the behavior of the construction with respect to the environment. In architecture “behaviorology” has the aim of deciphering the behaviors of all these elements and summing them up to optimize performance in a specific context. The goal is to position human life inside the relational network of objects and things. Important projects by Atelier Bow-Wow include the Gae House (2003) and the House & Atelier Bow-Wow (2005) in Tokyo, the BMW Guggenheim Lab (2010) in New York, the Logements Sociaux Rue Rebiere (2012) in Paris, the Kitamoto Station Plaza (2012) in Saitama (Japan).Important publications about the studio include Made in Tokyo (Kajima Institute Publishing Co Ltd., 2001), Pet Architecture Guide Book (World Photo Press, 2001), Graphic Anatomy – Atelier Bow-Wow (TOTO Publishing, 2007), Behaviorology (Rizzoli New York, 2010), A Primer (Buchhandlung Walther König, 2013), Graphic Anatomy 2 – Atelier Bow-Wow (TOTO Publishing, 2014). Atelier Bow-Wow has won many prizes, including the Gold Prize of Residential Architecture (1999, Tokyo Architecture Society), the 16th Yoshioka Prize (2000), the RIBA International Fellowship (2012), and the Good Design Gold Award (2013). YKK AP YKK AP is a member of the YKK Group, whose core businesses are focused on fastening and architectural products, which operates through a global management structure. The AP in YKK AP is recognized worldwide as a standard abbreviation for architectural products; the term describes the industrial products consisting of the artistic and technological elements that form the basis of architecture. YKK AP is committed to helping improve the quality of architectural spaces as a manufacturer of building materials that specializes in windows and doors. YKK AP continues to work together with architects and researchers by carrying out unique “windowology” research, based on the philosophy that windows represent civilization and culture. In 2013 YKK AP established the Window Research Institute to collect and file knowledge about windows, to conduct research aimed at creating the future of windows, and to provide highquality information to society. The installation Atelier Bow-Wow, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima conducted design surveys of various behaviors in architecture that have evolved within different cultural and climatic contexts around the world. Through participating in YKK AP’s Windowology, Tsukamoto Laboratory in Tokyo Tech documented these studies in two books: WindowScape: Window Behaviorology (2010) and WindowScape 2: Genealogy of windows and street scapes (2014). Atelier Bow-Wow believes that windows are useful to integrate the life of people in the eclectic inter-relational network of the city. The WindowScape installation demonstrates the intrinsic properties of windows to act as a threshold between the interior and the exterior of a space, in this case made only of windows, the Kaleido-window. A place resembling a tunnel, composed of a series of windows, based on the concept of the kaleidoscope. Kaleido-window becomes an enchanted space where light and the landscape framed by the windows are randomly fragmented inside, changing in response to the physical movements of visitors. Some of the main concepts from the WindowScape works are illustrated along the way.