Your essential guide to Tokyo’s modern architecture

30 Nov 2018 in So Design

Discover Tokyo’s most surprising architectural creations!


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.




Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka




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.



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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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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