Seven architecture offices, Koganecho Center, Art district, Koganecho, Yokohama, Japan 2018
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

A 150-meter stretch of land beneath a train overpass in Koganecho, underwent a progressive refurbishment in which seven different types of community space, each designed by a local architect, were built within a pre-set spatial grid. Historically there were many social issues in the area, largely in relation to its profitable but dangerous black market, drugs and prostitution since 1960. The surrounding buildings are transformed into studios for artist residency programs, but still keep the red-light district typology – big window at the ground floor, sleeping area above.