In almost any Tokyo neighbourhood, buildings are torn down and used as parking spaces. For some plots, the land-use is restricted, and so these empty lots are often adorned only with tarmac and a parking meter.
THE PERFECT CRIME WOULD BE THE ELIMINATION OF THE REAL WORLD
In areas where regulations allow for higher density, such as this project, a parking tower has the possibility to create significant returns on investment on relatively small plots of land, simply by installing a fully automated parking tower. We explained to the client that the building would become their investment portfolio. The almost fanatical desire to own a car, we explained, coupled with the desire to take it into the centre of Tokyo, where it must then be parked, would guarantee double digit returns. A parking tower with a penthouse at the top was a clever way to live in the centre of Tokyo while using other people’s money to pay the mortgage. We also suggested a billboard on top of the roof for further income.
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Project Name: Opportunity Squared
Function: Parking, Housing
Role: Design and project management
Project Size: 88m2
Completion date: Project
Tokyo Unusual, Housing, Opportunity, Investment Portfolio, Parking Tower, Japan Billboard, Floating