Toyota unveils its “city of the future”

An old car factory at the base of Mt Fuji is being transformed into a “city of the future.” Unveiled as the Toyota Woven City, the space is designed as a living laboratory and is set to begin construction in 2021.

Its creators say the city “aims to bring people and communities together in a future enabled by technology yet grounded in history and nature.”

Credit: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Utilising solar, geothermal and hydrogen fuel energy, the Woven City strives towards a carbon-neutral society.

Architects and designers have created a network of streets with varying speeds of mobility for pedestrian-friendly connections.

Credit: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Its designers say they aim to combine traditional Japanese craftsmanship with advanced, sustainable technology. “Japan’s construction heritage lives on, while building sustainable and efficiently into the future.”

With a mix of residential, retail and business spaces, the Woven City hopes to create a vibrant, thriving space for all its inhabitants.

Cutting-edge artificial intelligence will be incorporated throughout every corner of the city, with in-home robotics that can perform automatic grocery deliveries, laundry pick-ups and trash disposal.

Credit: BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Embrace the outdoors: alfresco furniture designs

Going green

Surrounding plant life helps to envelop a home and integrate it into its natural setting. In the picture below, date palm trees anchor the house on the river, and the mass planting of wild grasses provides a green cover. The Summer Stainless Steel and Batyline sun lounger is the perfect place to relax with a good book. It’s paired with an Austin cushion and Magnus throw with an industrial-inspired Roll side table by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal.

River views

A verandah wraps around all sides of this house, providing plenty of outdoor space overlooking the river where the homeowners can sit, dine, relax, and simply take in the beauty of the waterfront. The beautiful Nut dining chairs by Piero Lissoni perfectly complement the simple Artwood Anson dining table. A wine-red Torelli table runner and Steel Square lanterns add a relaxing warmth to this outdoor set.

Raise a glass

“Sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is to step outside and do nothing…relax and enjoy nature,” said writer Melanie Charlene. This Vincent Sheppard outdoor dining look embodies just that. The cane chairs add a rustic and relaxed feel, while dark tones keep it modern and chic.