The Atelier Bow-Wow : Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
The Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
Zanoa Bia, August 20, 2007
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


Portrait

Architecture studio Atelier Bow-Wow is celebrated for research that defines new urban and architectural typologies in Tokyo, where otherwise unrelated elements of the built environment are combined and adapted for utilitarian purposes. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto interprets urban space in Tokyo as a causal chain of responses to flux - natural phenomena such as earthquakes and typhoons that pose a constant threat to the city, and increases in population, traffic and waste.

Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Kadokko Restaurant_Tokyo
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Kadokko Restaurant_Tokyo


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Mini House_Tokyo
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Mini House_Tokyo


Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, along with his partner Momoyo Kaijima, is one half of the Tokyo-based Atelier Bow-wow. Founded in 1992, Atelier Bow-wow is one the most unique practices of its generation. With Japanese architecture once again taking center stage through the work of Yoshio Taniguchi, Toyo Ito, SANAA, Kengo Kuma, and others, it is refreshing to witness a practice confident enough in itself to shun a particular style. Instead, Bow-Wow embraces a kind of accidental urban vernacular, using their research/work to chronicle the complex - and often unforgiving - logic of the city. Acting as urban detectives, Bow-wow has catalogued the agility of Tokyo's fabric to produce radical programmatic collisions (Made in Tokyo) and nuanced micro architectures (Pet Architecture).

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Tokyo
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Tokyo


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Mini House_Tokyo
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Mini House_Tokyo


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Gae House
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Gae House


The Atelier Bow-Wow (in Japanese Atorie Wan) was founded in 1992 by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto was born in Kanagawa in 1965, and obtained his PhD in 1994 from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, after studying in France at the Paris- Belleville School of Architecture (UP8). Momoyo Kaijima was born in Tokyo in 1969, and graduated in 1991 from the Japan Women’s University, after which she attended the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where she obtained her master’s degree.

Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Gae House
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Gae House


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Gae House
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Gae House


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


Both are currently professors, on top of their careers as architects. When you are acquainted with the range of their activities and their way of working, you can grasp the sense of the onomatopoeia in their agency’s name. The barking referred to is that of a pack of dogs running through and exploring the effervescent city in its farthest nooks and crannies, ever in quest of new adventures. Laying claim to a free and open-minded organizational method, Bow-Wow takes part in many exhibitions and publications, runs workshops, and inventories the city and its anonymous constructions...

Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Manga Pod
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Manga Pod


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Manga Pod
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Manga Pod


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Manga Pod
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Manga Pod


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Manga Pod
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Manga Pod


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Manga Pod
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Manga Pod


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


The diversity and scope of their activities contrasts markedly with the teaching imparted by their tutor, Kazunari Sakamoto, an architect and theoretician advocating a rigorous approach to architecture. Many of their architectural works are very small houses built in the city centre. In the MINI House project (1999), a kind of urban manifesto of the Atelier Bow-Wow, the many different components of the tiny plot are not seen in a negative light; quite to the contrary, they are absorbed in the design process then transposed, so as to release their wealth and thus bring the building into being.

Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Kawanishi Camp
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Kawanishi Camp


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Kawanishi Camp
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Kawanishi Camp


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Kawanishi Camp
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow_Kawanishi Camp


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


This successfully applied strategy has given rise to many variations, in particular Gae House in 2001, with its salient roof and its ingenious procedure for catching light, and, more recently, the façade-less project designed for their agency in 2006. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto recently completed teaching a studio at Harvard GSD and runs a lab at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow
Momoyo Kaijima + Yoshiharu Tsukamoto_Atelier Bow-Wow


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