In the urban districts of Tokyo, almost all the buildings are designed to maximize their floor areas because the rent is very expensive. The design depends on the economic principle that space is money.
If you find the lower buildings or open spaces in the urban area, they must be publicly owned or registered as historical buildings by local governments.
Here is one of the most symbolic buildings in Ochanomizu that is recognised as a cultural town like Quartier latin in Paris.
There have been many educational institutions such as universities, colleges and preparatory schools.
This building used to be one of the oldest professional schools for those who learn liberal arts such as arts, crafts, music and literature.
The founders and faculty members consisted of the famous artists, writers, craftsmen and musicians in Meiji period when Japan started adopting the western cultures and civilizations.
The educational policy was to pursue something small but quality and the programs were not based on standardised curriculum regulated by the Japanese school law.
I felt the design of the building stands for its educational policy. It expresses the freedom.
Freedom from authority
Freedom from economic principles.
Freedom from preconcieved ideas.
Freedom from urban tightness
Freedom from conventional boredom
Actually, Meiji period was the beginning of freedom after long-lasted Edo period when people were restricted to their social classification and to birthplaces.
It is true that its shape is very organic but the background of its design is beyond its organic looks.