Your essential guide to Tokyo’s modern architecture

30 Nov 2018 in So Design

Discover Tokyo’s most surprising architectural creations!

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Like to explore Tokyo’s eye-catching architecture? The best places to start are Omotesando and Ginza, both easily accessible from HOSHINOYA Tokyo or Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka.

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Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka

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Omotesando

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.


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Nearby, the enormous Tokyu Plaza Omotesando shopping complex features tilted, twisted mirrors providing a distorted reflection over the main entrance.

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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?


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Ginza

For strangely-shaped skyscrapers, Ginza is a must. How about the extraordinary wavy steel-and-glass front of the V88 building?

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Or Mikimoto Ginza 2, which stands nine storeys tall in spite of numerous holes in its façade!

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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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