Monday, 12 March 2018


Literally meaning “group land,” we are given a visually striking introductory tour of Japan’s danchi—large clusters of apartment towers executed in concrete (previously here, here and here) meant to offset the housing pressures experienced in the 1950s through the 1970s from the country’s then growing population—from Tokyo-based photographer Cody Ellingham.
Though many of the structures are aging, maintained either by the local authorities to provide public housing or by large corporations to provide places to live for their staff and promote workforce cohesion, rent for danchi units is either nominal or non-existent and interested parties apply for residency through a lottery programme. Check out the link above from Spoon & Tamago to learn more and peruse a whole gallery of apartment blocks.