Nihonsashi Totem explores the different layers of Tokyo through history at the Nihonbashi bridge in Tokyo. Architectural elements of diffeent Japanese historic periods behind to merge and transition from one to another. The building becomes a manga image, an ink painting and a woodblock print; the styles are then further combined together into a vertical totem.
Inspired by Takashi Murakami’s ‘Superflat’ Japanese pop art movement, the project proposes a studio for young artist that blurs the boundary between architecture and its image, becoming a form of inhabitable artwork. A distorted and monstrous project of the elevation is mapped onto the building orthographically. When viewed from a certain point, or reflected in a curved mirror it appears regular and in proportion.