Atelier Bow-Wow is counted among the most diverse architecture firms of today. The Japanese firm boasts over 40 residential houses, public buildings and numerous installations to its name, in addition to a substantial body of urban design studies and theoretical essays.
This publication unifies Atelier Bow-Wow’s architectural and theoretical work and places it critically in its context. In a chronological order all projects from 1994-2012 are documented by texts, sketches, plans and images, followed by a photographic essay.
Atelier Bow-Wow is part of a generation of architects that took the recession in early 1990s Japan as an opportunity to develop a new design practice in response to changed planning and social conditions. The firm’s first studies focused on anonymous Tokyo buildings and highlighted the ways in which they met the requirements of residents and visitors whilst also complying with infrastructure and planning regulations.