Toyota Woven City by BIG

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世界首个致力于全面提升交通多样性的城市孵化器“编织之城”(Toyota Woven City),将由BIG与丰田汽车公司在富士山麓共同打造。作为一个测试和推进移动、自动化、互联、氢动力基础设施和行业合作的创新空间,“编织之城”旨在通过基于历史和自然的技术,让人与社区取得更为紧密的联系。

Together with Toyota Motor Corporation, BIG unveils Toyota Woven City as the world’s first urban incubator dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of mobility at the foothills of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Envisioned as a living laboratory to test and advance mobility, autonomy, connectivity, hydrogen-powered infrastructure and industry collaboration, Toyota Woven City aims to bring people and communities together in a future enabled by technology yet grounded in history and nature.

▼项目鸟瞰效果图,aerial view ©BIG


Located at a 175-acre former factory site in the city of Susono in Shizuoka, Toyota Woven City creates a new equality among vehicles, alternate forms of movement, people and nature, streamlined by the promise of a connected, clean and shared mobility. The city will utilize solar energy, geothermal energy, and hydrogen fuel cell technology to strive towards a carbon neutral society, with plans to break ground in phases beginning in 2021.

▼园区公园效果图,central park ©BIG


▼三条不同的道路,three different roads  ©Toyota

The Woven City is conceived as a flexible network of streets dedicated to various speeds of mobility for safer, pedestrian-friendly connections. The typical road is split into three, beginning with the primary street, optimized for faster autonomous vehicles with logistical traffic underneath. The Toyota e-Palette – a driverless, clean, multi-purpose vehicle – will be used for shared transportation and delivery services, as well as for mobile retail, food, medical clinics, hotels, and workspaces.

▼自动驾驶车道,automatic lane ©BIG


The recreational promenade is occupied by micro-mobility types such as bicycles, scooters and other modes of personal transport, including Toyota’s i-Walk. The shared street allows residents to freely meander at a reduced speed with increasing amount of nature and space. The third type of street is the linear park, a path dedicated to pedestrians, flora and fauna. An intimate trail provides a safe and pleasant environment for leisurely strolls and nature breaks through the ecological corridor connecting Mount Fuji to the Susono Valley.

▼共享街道,the shared street ©BIG

▼线性公园,the linear park ©BIG


▼街区的演变,evolution of the block ©Toyota

▼编织网格 ©BIG

▼编织街区 ©BIG

▼主广场 ©BIG

▼中央公园 ©BIG

The three street types are woven into 3×3 city blocks, each framing a courtyard accessible only via the promenade or linear park. The urban fabric of the woven grid expands and contracts to accommodate a variety of scales, programs and outdoor areas. In one instance, a courtyard balloons to the scale of a large plaza, and in another, to become a central park providing a city-wide amenity.

▼项目模型,model ©BIG

▼模型鸟瞰,aerial view ©BIG


Hidden from view in an underground network lies the infrastructure of the city, including hydrogen power, stormwater filtration and a goods delivery network dubbed the ‘matternet’. The buildings at the Woven City will advance mass timber construction. By combining the legacy of Japanese craftsmanship and the tatami module with robotic fabrication technology, Japan’s construction heritage lives on, while building sustainably and efficiently into the future.

▼中央综合体效果图,complex ©BIG

▼容纳了工作站、休息室和室内花园的办公空间,office space accommodates workstations, lounges and indoor gardens ©BIG


A mix of housing, retail and business – to be built primarily of carbon-sequestering wood with photovoltaic panels installed on the roofs – characterize each city block, ensuring vibrant and active neighborhoods at all times of the day. Toyota’s R&D spaces house robotic construction, 3D printing and mobility labs, while typical offices flexibly accommodate workstations, lounges and indoor gardens.

▼办公区域,office area ©BIG

▼实验室,lab ©BIG


▼智能家居,smart home ©Toyota

Residences in the Woven City will test new technology such as in-home robotics to assist with daily living. These smart homes take advantage of full connectivity using sensor-based AI technology to perform functions such as automatic grocery deliveries, laundry pick-ups or trash disposal, all while enjoying spectacular views of Mt. Fuji.

▼项目总模型图,model ©BIG

▼项目总平面,plan ©BIG

Code: TWC
Date: 07/01/2020
Program: Urbanism
Status: In Progress
Size in sq.m.: 708200
Project type: Commission
Client: Toyota Motor Corporation + Kaleidoscope Creative
Collaborators: Squint Opera (Animation), Mobility in Chain (Transportation Consultants), Atelier Ten (Sustainability)
Location Text: Susono, Shizuoka, Japan
Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Leon Rost
Project Manager: Yu Inamoto
Project Leader: Giulia Frittoli
Team: Agla Egilsdottir, Alvaro Velosa, Brian Zhang, John Hein, Joseph Baisch, Mai Lee, Margherita Gistri, Nicolas Lapierre, Peter Sepassi, Raven Xu, Samantha Okolita, Shane Dalke, Thomas McMurtrie, Yi Lun Yang, Nasiq Kahn, Jeffrey Shumaker

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