The exhibition “Emergence of Shibuya: the 2020 seen through 135 years’ timeline models of Shibuya Station” is the result of years of work and research on Shibuya Station that the architect and professor KSK Tamura has been conducting for decades.
From the very beginning of this research to the first exhibition held in 2010, from the birth of the station in 1885 to our contemporary days of 2020 , the exhibition wants to disclose the articulation of the space, the transformation trough centuries, the atmosphere of the genius loci, the metamorphosis of the land at different scale and by using different techniques of making models.
CONCEPT>> The idea brings out the understanding of space and connections of the station by considering only platforms and connecting passages
MATERIAL >> The very first model in 2010 was made by using the very common architectural styrene board, than later the plywood board with technique of multi-cut drill and laser, and the 3D printer ABS resin.
In October 2019 the exhibition “Emergence of Shibuya: the 2020 seen through 135 years’ timeline models of Shibuya Station” at Koyo Museum in Tokyo opened its doors. In the beginning of this research, meaning about 20 years ago, Shibuya Station was not so popular yet. The only curiosity and passion of the architect KSK Tamura have brought him to see deeply into that structure to understand its peculiarity and particular attraction. The overlapping of different period of construction that have been overlapped could make remind Shibuya image very similarly to an archeological site where the stratification of stiles can give back the passing and transmutation of the time.
With the passing over years, Shibuya Station has become very popular in the world as a vibrant place with its 2.4 million commuters per day. The mass, the multitude of people packed outside the Hachiko plaza, the scramble crossing and inside on the platforms waiting for the arrival of trains, have made the Shibuya Station in Tokyo very unique.
We end up our research with this sentence ”Next year it will fall the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, let’s be ready to welcome more bigger mass of daily flow coming for the occasion!“
What a irony with the emptiness of COVID19 time we are living on! Stations with the flow of people, with all the shops and commercial centres shut down, can be perceived exactly like the Tokyoplatform’s models.