the 105–unit apartment building is part of arata isozaki’s master plan for a large housing complex in kitagata in the gifu prefecture which is basically a government subsidized housing project in regional japan.
in order to fulfil the goal to create affordable living space, a standardization need has made the individually-designed dwelling impossible.
the building which has got the appearance of a fish skin is made up of fifteen interconnected vertical stacks, seven units high. the slight increment of the units by 1.5° at the joint creates a shallow curve, convex to the street and concave to the open common space to the south.
gps: 35.43328, 136.6849 / code: japgif0001
location: japan, gifu
architect: elizabeth diller