TOKYO ARCHITECTURE GUIDE

21-21 Design Sight

 

9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku

Tadao Ando

2007

Museum

Transit: Roppongi Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

 

www.2121designsight.jp/en/

 

This unobtrusive exterior is surprisingly large since most of the museum lies below ground level with the triangular sunken court.

Maison Hermes

 

5-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku

Renzo Piano

2001

Retail

Transit: Ginza Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

 

http://stores.hermes.com/Asia/Japan/Tokyo/Ginza

 

If you thought you didn’t like glass block this building will change your mind.  This building pushes this building material to the limit and the effects inside are remarkable.

The National Museum of Western Art

7-7, Uenokoen, Ueno Park

Le Corbusier

1959

Museum

Transit: Ueno Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.nmwa.go.jp/en/

 

Designed by the world famous French Architect Le Corbusier to symbolize the resumption of diplomatic ties between Japan and France. The square plan is raised on piloti a classic Corbusian trademark.

The National Art Center

 

7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Kisho Kurokawa

2007

Museum

Transit:  Nogizaka Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

 

www.nact.jp/english/index.html

 

Made of seven very large column-less exhibit spaces and includes a library, restaurant, café, museum shop and auditorium it is Tokyo’s largest museum.

Acrylic Shop

 

2-2-10 Motoazabu, Minato

Klein Dytham

2005

Retail

Transit:  Nogizaka Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.acrylic.jp/pages/shop

 

This tiny retail shop exemplifies how space is used, savored and beautiful as well.

Tokyo International Forum

3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda

Rafael Vinoly

1996

Multi-Purpose Center

Transit:  Yurakucho Station

Access:  Open atrium

 

www.t-i-forum.co.jp/english/

 

This enormous building is constantly filled with a flood of people crossing through the 60m high atrium space, where bridges crisscross at the upper levels.

Harajuku Protestant Church

3-42-1 Jingumae, Shibuya

Ciel Rouge Creation

(Henri Gueydan and Fumiko Kaneko)

2005

Chruch

Transit: Gaienmae Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.harajuku-church.com

 

The beautiful soft curved ceiling arches were designed for refined acoustics where natural light may enter and wash the worshipers during service.

Nakagin Capsule Tower

 

21-21 Design Sight

8-16-10 Ginza

Chūō-ku

Kisho Kurokawa

1972

Mixed-use Residential and Office Tower

Transit: Shinbashi Station

Access:  limited

 

www.kisho.co.jp/page.php/209

 

Made of 140 prefabricated modules which were designed to be replaced, a module can be viewed through a window at street level.  Unfortunately this building has not been maintained well.  No units have ever been replaced.

2-4-12 Ginza, Chūō-ku

Toyo Ito

2005

Retail

Transit: Ginza Itchome Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.toyo-ito-mikimoto-ginza-2.html

 

The seemingly simple façade is made of steel plates separated by a web of steel studs and filled with concrete, this design allowed for the randomly placed over-sized windows.

Mikimoto in Ginza

 

5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

MVRDV

2007

Retail

Transit:  Meijijingumae Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.moma.org/visit/plan/stores#tokyo

 

Japan is the first country other than the United States to claim a MoMA Design Store. The 4,700-square-foot Museum of Modern Art retail space is situated on the third floor of Tokyo’s MVRDV- designed GYRE commercial development.

MoMA Design Store

 

2-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku

Jun Mitsui Associates

2008

Retail / Office Tower

Transit: Ginza Itchome Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.debeers.co.uk/stores/as/290026/tokyo--ginza

 

Inspired by the diamond the building is intended to shimmer from the reflection of light and the curvaceous form that of the female body.

De Beers Tower Ginza

 

5-6-23 Minamiaoyama, Kitaaoyama

Fumihiko Maki

1985

Museum

Transit: Omotesando Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.spiral.co.jp/en/

 

Designed based on the square, circle, and equilateral triangle, these simple geometric forms represent modern design which spiral up the three levels.

Spiral

 

Yoyogi National Gymnasium

2-1-1 Jinnan, Shibuya

Yoyogi Park

Kenzo Tange

1964

Olympic Gymnasium

Transit: Harajuku Station

Access:  Limited

 

http://naash.go.jp/yoyogi

 

Built for the Summer Olympics, two reinforced concrete pillars support a pre-stressed steel net, at the time it was the world's largest suspended roof span.  Tange won a Pritzker Prize for the design.

Waketokuyama

 

5-1-5 Minami-Azabu | Minato-ku

Kengo Kuma

2004

Resturant

Transit:  Hiroo Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

 

Noted architect Kengo Kuma created the striking steel-mesh screen and glass building and design stars Super Potato conceived the modern minimalist interior

 

1-1-1 MinamiAoyama, Minato-ku

Kengo Kuma

2003

Retail and Office Space

Transit: Omotesando Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

 

Containing several retail stores, including Louis Vuitton this building is hard to miss and adds to the collection of modern architecture on this street.

One Omotesando

 

4-12-10 Jingumae

Tadao Ando

2006

Shopping Mall and Residential Development

Transit: Omotesando Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.omotesandohills.com/english/

 

This shopping center is a departure from the other retail venue on this prominent shopping avenue where the retail stores are turned inward. The sloping interior walkways allow shoppers to circle the entire mall without the need for an escalator.

Omotesando Hills

 

Swatch Group Japan

 

7-9-18 Ginza, Chuo-ku

Shigeru Ban

2007

Retail

Transit: Ginza Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.swatchgroup.com/en/brands_and_companies/landmarks/n_g_hayek_center_tokyo

 

The glass hydraulic elevators carry visitors to the seven boutiques dedicated to the Breguet, Blancpain, Glashütte Original, Jaquet Droz, Léon Hatot, Omega and Swatch brands. An exciting retail design.

Tod's Omotesando

 

5-1-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

Toyo Ito

2004

Retail

Transit: Omotesando Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.toyo-ito.co.jp

 

Inspiration comes from the trees lining Omotesando Avenue where the façade replicates their silhouette.  The execution of this idea is remarkable and well worth the visit.

 

 

Prada Store (Epicenter)

 

5-2-6 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku

Herzog and de Meuron

2003

Retail

Transit: Omotesando Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.prada.com/en/store

 

The distinctive façade is composed of concave and convex rhomboid-shaped glass panels plays with light, reflection and transparency both inside and out.

Mori Tower 53F, 6-10-1 Roppongi

Kohn Pedersen Fox

2003

Museum

Transit: Roppongi Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.mori.art.museum/eng/index.html

 

This museum is located on the 53rd floor of the Mori Tower offering a wonderful unobstructed view of the city.  A great alternative to the Tokyo tower

Mori Art Museum

 

2-26-38 Minami Aoyama,Minato-ku

Kengo Kuma & Associates

2006

Temple & Cemetery

Transit: Gaienmae Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

http://kkaa.co.jp/works/baisoin-temple/

 

The architecture of course is outstanding but I found this site plan of this temple and cemetery most fascinating.  Moving through the bamboo groove off a very busy Tokyo street you would never expect to find this.

Baisoin Temple

 

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