Architect Manabu Chiba focuses on bicycles to propose a new vision of future urban planning that overlaps with the real world through AR technology.
Buil.climb is a new landmark for cyclists, where they can ride their bicycles up and down the valleys between buildings. The path, which is 2km long, with an elevation difference of 200m and a gradient of 8%, will be an attraction for cyclists that cannot be experienced in other cities.
Buil.climb is also a linear complex encompassing commercial spaces, offices, and hotels planned by reinterpreting the open space of the Tokyo Expressway (commonly known as the KK Expressway), which is gradually ending its role with the changing times. The area is a place for new ways of working, living, and spending time in the city, organically connected to a network of road and rail lines. But as mobility undergoes a revolution, Buil.climb reinterprets the city of Tokyo from the perspective of the bicycle in a form of bicycle urbanism that depicts the city of the future.
(As of June 2021)
1: 《Buil.climb》2020 Buil.climb expands above the existing KK Expressway, as if sewing a line through the city.
2: 《Buil.climb》2020 The “startline” in Kyobashi will become a linear public space that brings new bustle to the area.
3: 《Buil.climb》2020 The “goal” in Shiodome area will become a new “mecca” for cyclists, overlooking Tokyo Bay through the skyscrapers.
Manabu Chiba (Architect)
Born in Tokyo in 1960. Established Chiba Manabu Architects in 2001. He has taught at the University of Tokyo since 2001, and has been a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, School of Engineering at the same university since 2013. In addition to being involved in a number of research projects on urban and architectural spaces, he has also participated in the Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Project among others, pursuing both research and an architectural practice. He has received numerous awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award for his work on the Japan Guide Dog Center, and the Murano Togo Prize for his work on the Kogakuin University 125th Memorial Education Center.
Photo by Wu Chia-Jung
5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
・Tokyo Metro 1 min. walk from exits C2/C3 in “Ginza Station” on the Ginza, Marunouchi and Hibiya Lines
・Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway 2 min. walk from exit A1 in “Hibiya Station” on the Hibiya, Chiyoda Lines and Mita Line
・Tokyo Metro 2 min. walk from exit A0 in “Yurakucho Station” on the Yurakucho Line
・JR Yamanote Line/Keihintohoku Line 4 min. walk from the Ginza Exit in “Yurakucho Station”
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