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When I told Ito, the founder of Shibaura House that I wanted to talk to as many people as possible during my stay in Tokyo, Tetsuo Kondo was one of the people he proposed to me to meet. We met in SHIBAURA HOUSE, with the city as a perfect backdrop. Tetsuo is a Japanese architect, but his projects and practice are not limited to Japan only. We started off by going through a variety of projects, where he explained the backgrounds and the intentions of each project. Fascinating — because the architecture of Tetsuo Kondo is not limited to orchestrating spaces, but really starts from what relationships spaces can have, evoke, create or sustain. When necessary, his spaces also incorporate other disciplines to create the right atmosphere or intended effect on people. Which could be comfort, flexibility or wonder. Like for example, the ‘Cloudscapes’ he created in Venice, where you could satisfy your fantasy of touching, feeling, and walking through the clouds. Gazing out of aeroplane windows, high above the earth, we often daydream of what it might be like to live in this ethereal world of fluffy vapour. He made this fantasy a reality in Venice. Another example is ‘A Path in the Forest’ in Tallin, where you can wander through the canopies over the lingering walkway through the forest. …

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A Happyplaces story by Devon Reid, illustrated by Rich Wells

I felt happy today. My boyfriend and I have been going through a difficult time for a few months. We took a long weekend and in that long weekend, the edges soften, the walls crumbled and what lay underneath was remembering who we are — why we fell in love — why we want to continue loving.

What also lie beneath were pain, shame, and vulnerability. Shame about things in our lives that we were not proud of, things that haunt us. Situations, people and things we could of handled differently, better. But could we have? …


Happyplaces Stories

A library of perspectives from the Happyplaces Project

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