“TOKYO BENCH PROJECT” by the company GROUND LEVEL (Motoko Tanaka + Masaki Onishi) – holding the motto “towns are built from the ground level” – will place benches in each area of the Tokyo Biennale 2020/2021 that will connect people, communities, and art, completely transforming the scenes of Tokyo. The project kicked off the biennale’s pre-event of 2019 by placing dozens of benches, including one that was twice as large as the standard size, in an open space of the Kyobashi area. The project overflows public spaces with benches, transforming the way people go about their daily business, and sights they encounter within our city.
By placing a bench, the circulation of people in the area improves, creating a lively everyday scene. This is a project that boosts people’s consumption behavior, health, and community building.
(As of February 2021)
1: “TOKYO BENCH PROJECT” 2019, TOKYO SQUARE GARDEN open space (Tokyo), Photo by yukai
2: “Kissa Laundry (Morishita Ryogoku Main Store)” 2018, Sumida City, Tokyo, Provided by Ground Level Inc.
[Pre-event] TOKYO BENCH PROJECT 2019 (27.10-24.11.2019)
This project aimed to transform the bench-lined open space of Tokyo Square Garden (Kyobashi, Chuo-ku) into the most friendly and welcoming place in the surrounding neighborhood.
Design supervision: Tsubame Architects
Support: Tokyo Tatemono Co.,Ltd
GROUND LEVEL INC. (Motoko Tanaka + Masaki Onishi）
With the motto, “towns are built from the ground level”, the company aims at building spaces for local people to play small roles in their neighborhoods. With a comprehensive design comprised of “hard” (architecture, interior, exterior), “soft” (what is offered, what is allowed), and “communitcation” (what moves people and pushes them into action), the resulting architecture and facilities along with the people who live there and the entire community grow more active through “ground level building”.