*The Shibuya area of the city of Tokyo is highly dense, with high-rises gathered within small distances of one another. Our proposal inverts this condition, giving way for a different topology.

Bringing the program underground created the opportunity to give the street level a break from the density. This street level can then become green public space.

The street level is composed of openings to the underground as well as a part of the vault, breaking through the ground. ​

*Another topological factor taken into consideration in order to create a connection between the coffee temple and its built environment, was its thoughtful orientation. The vault points towards one of Tokyo's most popular shrines, the Meji Srhine. ​

© 2016 Sophia G Cabral