Assessment 2A: Drawing/ Notation.

Final Written Submission:

Yoshihary Tsukamoto and his partner Momoyo Kaijima make up half of the Tokyo founded Atelier Bow-wow. Claimed to be one of the most unique practices in its generation of architecture, the project positions a high focus on vernacular construction porched in accidental free left over space provided throughout the city. Atelier Bow-wow was created to highlight the small architecture that is often missed by tourist and local people, to show just how big of a role they play to build up the entire city. The project explicitly shows how architecture is not always transparent as the buildings are often ignored.

I took Atelier Bow-wow as inspiration to help create pet architecture throughout the city of Sydney around UTS. I used a camera to document the small spaces that I would be designing around as well as a tape measure, to measure the space to make sure my drawings were accurate to match the city. Atelier Bow-wow creates drawings of a city as a collection of architectural eccentricities by drawing all the documented pet architecture in Tokyo and presenting them in one form of display. This has been replicated by me as I have created my own collection of pet architecture and documented them together.

Atelier uses isometric orthographies to represent the dame architecture throughout Tokyo. I have utilised this technique to create isometric drawings, presenting my architecture at either a 30, 45 or 60-degree angle. Atelier uses small spaces as a stimulus rather than a waste of area which is mimicked in my work as I have created an innovative way to the city’s urban niches.

This project about Atelier Bow-wow has made me realise that drawings are never transparent because there can always be a greater understanding to the drawing that might not be easy to perceive or detect right away. By creating my own pet architecture and a collection of eccentric buildings, I have been able to understand the city more to be a mixture of great architectural buildings and smaller buildings that have been innovated to its available space.

Extra Research done on topic:

Oku ‘makes description’: an essential component of Japanese life. A culturally informed spatial concept that determines the configuration of paths, ground plans and everyday pf cult object. ‘Oku in the residence of… from Sydney, city of the unexplored’ etc..

Bow wows interpretation:

An analysis of spatial syntax seen through the lens of structural configuration, whereby topological patterns of spatial planning are juxtaposed and subjected to comparative analysis. Meaning the usual house or Japanese house is usually build from one end to another with the most important part of the house buried deep into the house. Bow wow juxtaposes this idea and imposes the social implications of spatial arrangements.

‘Dame’ means originally useless, worthless or bad. Bow wow uses dame to identify the anonymous architectural elements of Tokyo. The term therefore characterises not only the alleged worthlessness, which differentiates them from auteur architecture, but also their strategic importance for coping with everyday life in the city.

For Tokyo’s urban realm, a similarly important role to that of Dame Architecture is played by the unbuilt gaps between the buildings. These breaches, called ‘gap spaces’ by atelier bow wow, occur due to the building laws. They can also be understood as dame in an original sense, as residual areas that first make it possible to provide access, daylight and fresh air for the buildings.

Environmental Unit:

Environments can be distinguished by their individual temporalities and spatial qualities. Atelier Bow wow identified and analysed various and in retain cases anonymous environments in the contemporary cityscape and classified them as environmental units. Buildings were not classified and described in terms of their stile or type, but according to their functional and structural context in which they acquire and communicate meaning as a hybrid building.

The environmental unit demands two things, the analyses of any number of natural givens and artificial givens.


Appears in the open spatial organization of the dwellings, in the repeated use of individual building elements or the non-hierarchical use of individual materials. The private and public zones of the house merge fluidly into one another. In all of bow wows architecture, the cost of material fluctuates,


Bow wow sees smallness not as a limitation but as a stimulus. Ultimately smallness is an incentive tp restore both the resident’s relationship with hi urban environment and the spatial interweave of an individual house and its neighbourhood.

A conventional element is an architectural component that is usually considered banal. (window, stairs)


In ateliers bow wow, mostly they’re perched between two roads that converge at a point, or on the cramped leftovers of dense developments which is to sau on plats with insufficient space for buildings on the usual scale.

They are accordingly smaller than the surrounding buildings and yet are distinguishable from street furniture such as a park bench or street light.

Pet architecture as living creates, friendly roommates and participants in the urban realm. They provoke playful behaviour (behaviourology) inspires joy.


Atelier bow wow documented and studied anonymous buildings that combine different uses and are characteristic of Tokyo’s urban landscape.


Atelier bow wows term for the city’s smallest buildings, which the architects examined in a study of Tokyo. These building stand out not only die to their innovative use of urban niches, but also because of the popularity among city dwellers, since they meet people’s everyday needs.

Flux management:

To apprehend the city as an ensemble of interdependent functions that need to be coordinated. These range from public hygiene through to economic factors.

Design sees the organisation of flux. Bow wow adapts this idea as an issue of independent microsystems and their organisation in the contemporary city.

‘made in Tokyo’ had been devoted systematically to individual structures and their pattern of use.

Flux management in pet architecture is meeting the users demands and the outside demands, such as a restricted space or a specific gradient of roof to account for snow or rainfall etc.

Atelier creates an open plan where there is sufficient leeway for the tasks of professional and private lives overlap.


Atelier bow wows version of behaviourology rejects casual mono-directional relationship between man and architecture, it apprehends the environment to its entirety in its cause and effect, in which man nature and the built, environment are all implicated.


“brimming with liveliness”

According to atelier bow wow, lively buildings are humble buildings that are highly cherished and carefully maintained or even improves in their functionality by their inhabitants.

Pictures of drawings:

Abercrombie Lane was one of the best small alley ways found in the city. The tiny space converged between two buildings was perfect to design a new apartment.

The apartment has no relation to the architectural styles to the buildings around it, a common theme found in Ateliers work.

Kimber lane was inspired by a building found inside Atelier Bow-wows ‘Made In Tokyo’. The building in book showed a shopping mall that also facilitated a driving school on the roof. Once discovering Kimber Lane near UTS Insearch I noticed there were tram tracks right outside the small alleyway.

The building drawn shows a small shop that also has a tram track above it to accommodate trams to run through the city.

The escalators positioned on the footpath provide an excellent place for pet architecture. I took the space as inspiration and designed a small newsagent space.

This building is located in a space that I encounter on a day to day basis. At the front of the building, the point closest to the viewer overhangs the lower level. This is because it is positioned in a busy intersection and the building can provide shelter for those waiting to cross the road.

The building has a curved outer side to match the shape of the road and bus bays on the other side.

This design was created around a space found in a street in Surry Hills. The buildings surrounding this little open space provided enough room for a building idea.

The design can be used as a small store or bank as the square room area when you enter is quite large but the structure goes backwards then continues sideways which could be used for an office or storage.