In previous articles, we discussed Japanese designers’ approach towards the interior and architecture. Using the example of several projects designed by different architectural studios, we were able to appreciate quite extraordinary and uncommon solutions for organizing space in harmony with nature. It is a calling card of Japanese architects.
The problem of a rise in population density today requires a completely new approach to urban city development. How can one maintain the environment and use its resources with the minimal damage possible in the densely populated cities? Japan started to think more about this problem and suggested several innovative solutions.
One of these interesting projects is the construction development of a district in Fujisawa. Fujisawa is a small town in Kanagawa prefecture; it is a historic town that connected roads coming from the mountains to seashore with the Tokaido road. It is depicted on The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido prints by Utagawa Hiroshige. The population of the town is growing every year, and the first district of the ‘energy-efficient town of the future’ was officially opened on November 27, 2014.
The new eco-friendly district is located on the site of the former Panasonic TV plant. To design and develop a new district, the company decided to relocate the plan to a new place, and the site was leveled and prepared for the construction of innovative housing.
Today Fujisawa Smart Town is the only fully sustainable town on the planet.
The core element of the project is Fujisawa SST Square, which controls all the infrastructure and energy facilities of the district. Fujisawa Smart Town accommodates around 1000 houses with up to 3000 residents.
Power is supplied by solar panels and water consumption is reduced by a third. Every house has a solar panel installed on the roof.
Town engineering solutions also make use of wind and geothermal energy, and the buildings have only energy-saving equipment installed. The houses are quite small, but all living space is rationally planned and thoroughly balanced.
Instead of a public transport network, the source of harmful gas emissions and traffic jams, there are facilities for bicycles and electric cars. Every house has a charging station for electric cars made by PanaHome, a Panasonic division.
The street lighting is made completely by LED lights with modern safety systems, including surveillance cameras to monitor outside activities. Street lights are equipped with motion sensors that turn on the light only when there are people outside during the night.
Japanese people sometimes face constant stresses due to the challenging climate and earthquakes. Fujisawa Smart Town designers took care of this problem. In case of a general power outage due to an earthquake or any other natural disaster, the town can provide 3 days of energy and hot water.
One project can solve so many problems!
Kasugai Architects+ works closely with leading Japanese architectural studios and can provide a tailor-made design project satisfying all customer’s needs and the specific features of the construction site. Adaptation of a unique Japanese architectural approach to construction in Russia is one of the key missions of our company.