Atelier Bow-Wow is a young, up-and-coming architectural firm based in Tokyo. Proponents of what they call da-me ("no good") architecture, its members are strongly concerned about those urban spaces in Tokyo that have been disregarded and considered unimportant or irrelevant. They have focused their efforts on researching and designing small hybrid architectural structures in Tokyo, which they define as "Pet Architecture."
In 2001, their activities led to the publication of two acclaimed works: Made in Tokyo and The Pet Architecture Guide Book.
Atelier Bow-Wow's innovative approach to urban renewal seeks to emphasize the human factor in architectural design. Their fresh way of looking at architecture and at the city of Tokyo proposes a sharp contrast to the sleek skyscrapers of the financial and business centers, and their work reflects a new design aesthetic dictated by utility and context. In 1999 Atelier Bow-Wow won the Tokyo Architect's Gold Medal Prize for their design of the "Mini House," a celebration of all things small. Their most recent design is the "Manga Pod" - a portable library designed specifically for relaxation.