Tokyo’s Third Places
What We Did
As a result, Tokyo workers are currently struggling to balance life, work, and play. Work is taking the brunt of their time and effort, and even it could be better supported. We see opportunities for a next generation of the third place to help better achieve balance and enrich quality of life by promoting more effective use of time and space. “Jitan,” the Japanese word for the shortening of time, is the core concept behind our investigation and design solutions. We hope to promote more effective use of time, a high quality of life, and a sense of well-being through the offering of specific programs, services, and experiences—and placing these amenities in the locations where they will deliver the most value.
What This Means
Distributed Urban Hospitality
Sometimes work needs to happen away from the office; for many Tokyo workers, this remains a struggle. Located in central Tokyo, these spaces would provide supplementary meeting and collaboration spaces with a high level of personalized business hospitality services and experiences. Distributed among existing office buildings and hotels, this concept creates new places to work, meet, and innovate around the city. The goal: help employees achieve their highest level of performance and efficiency, no matter where they are, and use the time gained to devote to non-work activities.
Immersive Leisure Hubs
Busy urban workers often struggle to incorporate leisure into their hectic daily lives, while also feeling crunched to stay abreast of the newest trends. This concept focuses on the integration of amenities and services that enable workers to shift easily from work mode to more play-focused activities. Conveniently located inside or near a commuter hub or terminal station, it capitalizes on areas with concentrated consumer activity, and leverages partnerships to create experimental places infused with the newest developments and trends. The goal: create an experiential and experimental space for workers to quickly unwind while being exposed to new ideas and products of interest.
For those who live far from their office location, the reduction of time-related stress is of paramount importance, and finding time to engage the community is a particular challenge. Creating dynamic places that support connection and interaction near home, paired with services that address daily needs and activities from grocery shopping to dry cleaning, is an opportunity to improve the experience and give time back to those living in suburban locations. The goal: less time spent commuting and running errands; more time spent with family, friends, or doing other non-work activities that support well-being.
Nachiko Yamamoto, Daichi Amano, Hisayuki Araki, Nyan Parekh, Taro Uchiyama, Masana Amamiya, Nao Matsumoto, Takuma Mitani, Sachiko Munakata, Ikue Nomura, Agata Takeshita, Kayla Wong, Professor Ying Hua (Cornell University)