This project is a portrait of traditional and contemporary Tokyo; its monuments and traditions. The aim of this project is to give an architectural vision of what it was to be a Japanese living in Edo but mainly what it will be a Japanese living in Omotesando, a neighbourhood known as one of the foremost‚ architectural showcase‘ block. The project is concerned with how architecture of the past shaped contemporary Tokyo. The result, then, is a compromise; a compromise between contradictory aims on the one hand of deriving the maximum potential of old Edo castle, and on the other of understanding contemporary living traditions in Omotesando.
Duriing the pre Edo period, the area of Omotesandowas a small post town on the Kamakura Highway. An Iga clan residence was put close to Omotesando to defend Edo, due to its strategic location.This project starts with the analysis of the Asano family, daimyos of Aki Province (present-day Hiroshima Prefecture), who maintained its official residence just outside the Sakurada Gate of Edo Castle. The ground plan shows the official residence rebuilt after the fire of 1731, which was in use of the daimyo. The analysis tries to understand modularity of tatami layout in the residence.