Gateway Station by Kongo Kuma and associates
Location: Minato ku, Tokyo
In March 2020, the Gateway Station, in Minato Ku, a special neighborhood in Tokyo, has been completed. The station is 3969.52 m2 and It is a new station on the Yamanote Line, a circular railway in Tokyo, and will be the 30th station on the Yamanote Line.
It is expected to become a new gate in Tokyo, a new gate connecting the sea and land, together with the “new town” that is being planned on the site in front of the station of 13ha, which opened in time for the 2020 Olympics. It became the name of this station.
For the purpose of seamlessly connecting the city and the station, a large roof with a membrane structure is erected on the station, and the membrane is supported by an origami-shaped frame made of laminated wood of steel and cedar.
Unlike conventional stations, the station yard has a high ceiling and a bright and open space. The combination of the wooden frame and the white film is reminiscent of the Japanese “shoji” made of Japanese paper.
On the wall surface, a traditional technique called “Yamato pasting” was used, in which wooden boards were pasted with irregularities, which created a warm space on a human scale that was not found in conventional station buildings.