Learning From Tokyo






Zürich, Switzerland


Exhibition and Symposium


Self-Initiated 2010


Learning from Tokyo Group


Hiromi Hosoya, Markus Schaefer, Ryoko Ikeda (Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG), Sasha Cisar (Bob Gysin + Partner BGP Architekten / Architect and Theorist), Mitsuhiro Kanada (ARUP Japan / Structural Engineer)


Architekturforum Zurich

Logo design:

Büro Destruct, Bern

Photo Credit:

Axel Vansteenkiste

Film production:

Lucas Krupp


Japan Foundation; Stiftung Sakae Stünzi; IKEA-Stiftung (Schweiz); All Nippon Airways co. Ltd., Genève; Stadt Zürich; The Circle, Flughafen Zürich AG, Zürich; ARCH+ Verlag GmbH, Aachen


Architekturforum Zürich; Büro Destruct, Bern; Information Architects, Zürich

Symposium and Exhibition 2012

“Learning from Tokyo” was an exhibition and a symposium in spring 2012 in Zürich that showcased small scale housing projects by progressive architecture offices in Japan. The exhibition focused on the quality and diversity of living space produced on small building lots with limited budgets in the center of a city such as Tokyo. The symposium featured some of the protagonists of this new generation of architects and aimed to establish a dialogue with Swiss architects, planners, city officials and the interested public. The topic contrasted two very different cities and cultures which in many unexpected ways still have a lot in common.

“Learning from Tokyo” was a not-for profit project by “Learning from Tokyo Group” initiated by Hiromi Hosoya and Markus Schaefer and established in 2011.

“Learning from Tokyo” received grants from the Japan Foundation, Sakae Stünzi Foundation and IKEA Stiftung Schweiz and was supported by ANA, All Nippon Airlines.




Station square and station roof in Herisau, Switzerland
Current phase: construction documents

Benninger Areal, housing and retail development
Current phase: preliminary design

Interior design for an apartment in Park Tower, Zug
Recently completed

Mobility Hub / parking facility with retail component, Zug
Current phase: preliminary design

Parking garage with shop in Zug, Switzerland
Current phase: preliminary design

Riedmatt Ebikon / housing, retail, ateliers
Current phase: framework plan

Qube Ebikon / housing, retail, offices
Current phase: framework plan

House Chile, innovative single family home in forrest setting
Current phase: building permit documents

Buchs Areal Fegeren, building for precision-industry
Current phase: study

House Kyoto, community living, Japan
Current phase: study

Lachen SZ Alpenblickstrasse / high-rise housing
Current phase: study

Urban Design

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, Nürtingen
Current state: masterplan and function plan

Neugasse Zürich, urban design concept with public participation
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Dessauer Strasse, Wolfsburg
Current state: competition waiting for further commission

Herisau site development, Herisau
Current state: process support and test planning

Technologiecluster Zug Masterplan, Zug
Current state: urban framework plan and design concept

Masterplan Dierikon, Switzerland
Current state: masterplan waiting for further commission

HafenCity Elbbrückenquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan and framework plan

Wilhelmsburg Elbinselquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan, function plan and typology studies

National Innovation Park Switzerland, Hub Zurich
Current state: Study on mobility-infrastructure

Leica Areal
Current state: study completed, next phase in planning

Innovation- and production park Patton Barracks, Heidelberg
Current state: urban framework plan

Wil West, Kanton Thurgau
Current state: urban framework plan

Visp Sägematte, Valais
Current state: study

Urban framework plan for the city of Zug
Current state: recently completed

Urban System Research

SmartUse / Space, Growth and BigData
Current state: ongoing

Winterthur 2040
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Harvard University Graduate School of Design / The Industrious City
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Development strategy for 3 communities in the Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland


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Flüelastrasse 10 8048 Zürich Switzerland (Google Maps)
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Kyoto office

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