30 Nov 2018 in So Design
Discover Tokyo’s most surprising architectural creations!
The Omotesando boulevard reads like a who’s-who of award-winning architects.
The most futuristic structure?
The Audi Forum, dubbed The Iceberg thanks to its tinted turquoise glass sections, stacked at a variety of barely-believable angles.
Nearby, the enormous Tokyu Plaza Omotesando shopping complex features tilted, twisted mirrors providing a distorted reflection over the main entrance.
Explore the side streets for other gems, like Dear Jingumae, a ‘90s office building recently wrapped in narrow ribbons of undulating steel. Or how about the striking criss-cross timber slats decorating the front of the Sunny Hills cake shop?
For strangely-shaped skyscrapers, Ginza is a must. How about the extraordinary wavy steel-and-glass front of the V88 building?
Or Mikimoto Ginza 2, which stands nine storeys tall in spite of numerous holes in its façade!
Ginza also houses 2 examples of Japanese Metabolism, a post-war movement focused on organic architecture. Built in 1967, the Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center is a thin tower with capsules plugged in along its height.
But the most iconic Metabolist creation is the 1972 Nakagin Capsule Tower, a collection of 140 tiny apartment capsules stacked and rotated around a central core!
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