Exterior Design By Numbers

A truly fascinating and dramatic redesign of these buildings’ exteriors captivated me when I stumbled upon them during a leisurely Sunday afternoon walk.

These are in an old public housing estate, a collection of similarly styled 3-storey buildings, but whose exteriors have been individually and uniquely decorated.

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Note the presence of a row of plastic bottles at the base of the building. This craze, incredibly popular in Japan, will be the topic of a future post.

Not only are the large buildings decorated, this small outbuilding didn’t escape the designer’s enthusiastic style either.

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The reason for this? Repair. Each mark indicates work to be done. In a country so prone to earthquakes as Japan, of primary importance is to strengthen weak points, stabilize, reinforce.

Anti-earthquake design moves forward rapidly. Buildings are seen as potential danger-zones within a few years of being built. Therefore the older a building is, the more urgent and extensive repairs become.

The buildings pictured here are really showing their age.


~ by JapanGasm on 24 May, 2010.

3 Responses to “Exterior Design By Numbers”

  1. Kureyon Shin-Chan architecture!

  2. I’d love to know what it’s for – is it some kind of code? Will you go back to see what happens next to the buildings?

  3. Design and function beautifully fused. 🙂

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