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In Shinagawa, one of the most densely developed wards in Tokyo, a 1.6 kilometer-long rail yard cuts a swath through its urban fabric. Anchored by Takanawa Gateway Station, Tokyo’s first new rail station on the Yamanote line in 50 years, the master plan for Takanawa Gateway City restitches the district with a vibrant mix of residential, retail, office, hotel, and cultural uses. The development is designed to foster innovation and public engagement across all of its buildings and functions. 

A key deliverable of Pickard Chilton’s master plan for the Takanawa Gateway City development was the Design Concept + Code book. Designed, authored, and illustrated by Pickard Chilton, the 200-page book outlines design intent and guiding principles for building composition, public realm space, lighting, landscape, and programming.  

Organized into three chapters, each addressing a different scale, the book in both Japanese and English considers every detail, from the sweep of the plan’s 1.6 kilometer-long promenade to guidelines for exterior elevator signage. 

Entirely different from ‘design guidelines’ or ‘form-based zoning’ documents, the blending of a concept and code document creates a truly cohesive expression of unity and harmony in the district. 

L'ARCA Monographs No. 9 is dedicated to the work and process of Pickard Chilton. World-renowned architectural critic, Mario Pisani, describes the 25-year old architectural design practice in an excerpt from his introductory essay: 


The book focuses on the process that the firm uses to help their clients to define values, and to envision exceptional works of architecture. 


Book cover for Eaton Center: Out of the Land

Authored by architecture critic Dr Michael J. Crosbie, this highly visual book documents the collaboration between Eaton and the design team and the resulting dramatic transformation of the land into Eaton's new home on the North American plain.


Devon: The Story of a Civic Landmark

This richly-illustrated monograph tells the comprehensive inside story of one of the greatest architecture achievements in the history of Oklahoma City, and the state's tallest building: the Devon Energy Center.


Book cover for The Office Building of the Future

Presents the award-winning design for the Office Building of the Future. The monograph integrates new thinking about the workplace, sustainability, and accommodates a limitless range of building types and scales.