Tokyo is popular for having some of the world’s most beautiful – and most peculiar – commercial and residential buildings. Perhaps its propensity towards creative architecture is influenced by the designers’ far-reaching imagination and the country’s real estate economics.
One would think that privacy, aesthetics comfort and efficiency are only for the affluent.The most eye-catching properties in Tokyo are indeed luxurious and suit the demands of the culturally wealthy.
But the city understands that their clients cannot be all neck-deep in money, so they make creative adjustments to prioritise demands for smaller, middle-class homes.
Architects in Tokyo are smart. Catering to both the rich and the mid-class evenly spreads out their clientele and clearly, they have been successful in that area.
New is good
It seems Tokyo mantra is “modernize, modernize, modernize” – with just about every aspect in life. The frequency of earthquakes has forced them to pay closer attention to the technologies in improving the foundations of commercial and residential structures and increasing real estate interest.
The decline of real estate economy can be attributed to the decreasing population and migratory predispositions of some residents. To remedy this, Tokyo will continue to turn to modern technology to create new things while leaving the old behind. This keeps the city a fertile and ever-evolving machine, for architectural design and in other fields.
Designers have more freedom
The people of Tokyo, it seems, have relatively more flexible tastes and preferences when it comes to choosing housing spaces and design. This gives architects and designers more creative freedom, more opportunity to let their imaginations run amok and wild.
But it appears there is also a sentimental reason behind this artistic freedom. They believe that architectural designs can be avenues to express individuality, personal taste and aspiration, which makes the city a conducive platform for artists to continue to innovate and test the limits of architectural design.
To the foreign eye, Tokyo breeds a generation of risk-takers, whether in technology, literature and art. To them, the world is a canvas and every parcel of human action is a stroke of a paintbrush. And like most artists, they are only after two things – supremacy and glory. So far, they have not been denied of such.