The verandas of Takashimadaira Danchi, a complex of similar buildings, were like a geometric pattern

Veranda of Takashimadaira Danchi
Shot in Takashimadaira, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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In Itabashi, Tokyo, there is a huge housing complex called Takashimadaira Danchi, which consists of 64 apartment buildings on a 365,000 square meter site and has 16,000 residents. I don't like walking through such housing complexes because they look so close to each other, but they are actually quite far apart. It makes me feel a little foolish.

To the left and to the right of the road I was walking on, there were buildings of apartment complexes. It may be obvious, but the design of the housing complexes that lined the street was simple at best, and impersonal at worst. They all look alike, and it is difficult to know where you are by looking at the buildings. I've heard of couriers getting lost and drunken residents not being able to find their way back to their homes.

One of the few clues to distinguish between similar buildings is the number of the apartment block on the wall. Without the numbers, it would be difficult to identify a building unless you were a very strong person. For example, looking at this photo with no numbers or anything written on it, I doubt that many people would be able to identify which building in the complex it is.

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Oct 2021 ARCHITECTURE TOKYO

Where is Takashimadaira?

PHOTO DATA

No

12065

Shooting Date

Apr 2021

Posted On

October 20, 2021

Modified On

November 10, 2021

Place

Takashimadaira, Tokyo

Genre

Architectural Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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