R・Torso・C, created by architect Yasuhiro Yamashita of Atelier TEKUTO, structural engineer Assoc. Prof. Jun Sato and building materials researcher Prof. Takafumi Noguchi, both of Tokyo University, received the fib 2018 Awards for Outstanding Concrete Structure. The award was presented at the 2018 fib Congress Gala Dinner on October 9th, 2018 at the Melbourne Park Function Centre in Melbourne, Australia. The fib Awards for Outstanding Concrete Structures is presented every four years with the goal of promoting international recognition of structures that excel in design and demonstrate the versatility of concrete as a structural medium.
R・Torso・C (Shibuya, Tokyo; completed 2015) is a micro-residence on a small site of mere 66.67m2 with a total floor area of 103.74m2. The clients requested a house with exposed concrete inside and out. Furthermore, they wanted the concrete to be ecologically ambitious. Therefore, a 100% recyclable concrete was developed from almost scratch, by Yamashita, Prof. Noguchi, Assoc. Prof. Sato with the help of other collaborators.
R・Torso・C won the Best Work Award of Japan Concrete Institute in 2016, and received the Overall “Excellence” Award and first place in the category of low rise building at the 2017 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards hosted by ACI (American Concrete Institute.)
Yamashita and the team are grateful for the acknowledgement of the big impact this small piece of architecture has on society, and are willing to keep on contributing to humanity through architecture.