The Hillside Terrace Complex is a collective form that has developed over seven phases since 1969, corresponding to the continuously changing circumstances of Tokyo. A variety of design strategies are used to create its unique atmosphere, including deference to subtle topographical changes, spatial layering, and the creation of protected exterior public space. The success of this project is a result of spatial and architectural means – scale, transparency, grouping ― as well as the programmatic development of public life. A variety of formal and informal events held in this part of the city create life in and around Hillside Terrace, combining with the architecture to make it a unique part of the Tokyo cityscape.
Fumihiko Maki was born in 1928 in Tokyo, and educated at University of Tokyo (BS Arch), Cranbrook Academy of Art (M.Arch) and Harvard University Graduate School of Design (M.Arch). Prior to returning to Tokyo in 1965 to open his own firm. His projects include, Hillside Terrace, Spiral, Tokyo Gymnasium, MIT The Media Lab Complex, Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium, Republic Polytechnic, 4 World Trade Center. Awards include, Japan Institute of Architecture Award, The Asahi Prize, Mainichi Art Prize, Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts, Praemium Imperiale, The Pritzker Architecture Prize, UIA Gold Medal, AIA Gold Medal.