10 WEIRD ARCHITECTURE SIGHTS IN TOKYO, JAPAN (Part 2)

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If you have somehow ended up here without first reading part 1, please check it out. As always, a picture of the building you’re looking for will come in handy if the address isn’t exact and there are passerby whom you can ask about the exact location. Happy architecture hunting.

1.Mikimoto 2

GINZA

ミキモト銀座2

The Mikimoto family is one of the leading producer of fine quality cultured pearls of the world. In designing this building, architect Toyo Ito conceptualized a sort of prism-like rectangular jewelry box. The building shines in a pink tone, resembling that of certain pearls, and is perforated here and there by an irregular array of simple quasicrystalline geometry, with the rounded polygon perforations reminding one of the shapes of petals and bubbles. Some of the perforations are placed on the building’s corners which adds to give it a smoother and more flowing look.


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2.aoyama technical college

shibuya

青山製図専門学校

Architect Makoto Sei Watanabe once stated the following: "Architecture ought to be something capable of moving people's hearts and giving them a physical thrill in a way possible in no other art". The Aoyama Technical School building was his first major work and it’s pretty obvious that he followed the same taught in his design as the building features sharp angles, a red silver and white carapace and looks more like a transformer with puzzling antennas sticking out of it then a school. How’s that for a physical thrill?

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3.Ebisu East Gallery

SHIBUYA

恵比寿

Completed prior to the 90’s era, it’s very hard to find any information on this building. But one can’t argue that it’s cracked facade letting way to a mirrored interior, combined with a use of brutalist architecture (functional reinforced concrete, standard elements, lack of decorative components and an overall practical feel) is a clean and fine embodiment of modern day Tokyo.


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4.Sunwell Muse

shibuya

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When viewed from a side where the undulating slice of the building is not apparent, this structure looks like any other concrete building in Tokyo with a perhaps slightly odd angled roof. However, keep walking and its canyon-like passageway is sure to capture your curiosity. Glass bridges cross this timber-lined pathway which serve as the only connection between the two distinct building chunks.

Designed by architects Tsutomu Hasegawa and Takato Tamagami for the Sunwell company.


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5.Za-Koenji Public Theatre

KOenjikita

座・高円寺

Black box meets tent-made-rigid. The facade and volume of the Za Koenji Public Theatre, located in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan, are unabashedly singular and dualistic. Designed by Toyo Ito (who was recently named the 2013 Pritzker Prize Laureate) & Associates, the Theatre offers pointed summits which exist in elevation as well as on the theatre’s roof, drawing a set of circumference where the walls blend with the irregular roof without truly doing so- there is no chamfering or blended cuts. And throughout the building’s exterior and interior, portholes give light in and out- whether artificial or natural- adding a second element that offers counterpoint to the pointed tent-arches, while softening the dominance of the lacquered black walls against their light-colored neighbors. One detracting quality is the building’s color and its addition to the urban heat island effect of the city. The theatre literally is a black-box theatre.

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6.Urbanprem Minami Aoyama Commercial Building

AOYAMA-ITCHOME

The shape of the building is fairly bent skywards, like a stomach being stuck out forward, which does not allow people to tell how many stories it has if looking up the building from the street. The design of two slit patterned windows that opens on each level also adds to the confusion. Sunlight reflected on the curved outer wall like gradation, while inside of the room it streams in through the windows. Based on the concept of “abstraction’’, we designed a new way for the encounter between architecture and people.

[Archdaily] by Yuko Nagayama & Associates



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7.K-Museum

ARIAKE

共同溝展示館

The K-museum is an amalgamation of rectangular lines and abstract shapes, some covered by a highly reflective metal, others with a rougher finish that absorb light rather than emits it. The front and rear of the main building is suspended in the void and the structure resembles a structure sailing on a sea of black and silver waves whose material and reflective matter resembles that of the ship. The wave structure is scattered with antennas that succumbs to the area’s wind, bending here and there as the weather alters. The museum is designed with architect Makoto Sei Watanabe’s main idea in mind: he tries to free himself from gravity, one of the major constraints or architecture


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8.Asahi art square

SUMIDA

アサヒ・アートスクエア

The Asahi Beer Hall (a.k.a. Super Dry Hall, or Flamme d'Or) is one of the build­ings of the Asahi Breweries head­quar­ters lo­cated on the east bank of the Sumida River in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It was de­signed by French designer Philippe Starck and was com­pleted in 1989. It is con­sid­ered one of Tokyo's most rec­og­niz­able mod­ern struc­tures.

The shape of the build­ing is that of a beer glass, de­signed to com­ple­ment the neigh­bor­ing golden beer mug-shaped build­ing hous­ing the Asahi Breweries of­fices.

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9. Komazawa Park Olympic Tower

Setagaya 

駒沢オリンピック公園

Komazawa Olympic Tower, designed by architect Yoshinobu Ashihara was the symbol of the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Its anatomy is a modern twist on more traditional Japanese wood architecture. The tower is part of the Olympic park complex, which encompasses other noteworthy structures that are also worth a visit.

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10.jimbocho theatre

Kanda Ogawamachi

神保町シアター

The Jimbocho theatre is a movie theatre, it’s name originating from a 17th-century samurai: Jimbo Nagaharu. The black armor plating the building with its darker colored cleavage acting as a rainwater-channeling device, lacks detail and is composed of raw material finishes. The concept behind the design was to represent the essence of the actor: an empty canvas to be adorned a the role he must take on.

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