tokyo-contemporary-architecture


Nezu Museum

A peaceful park with a very nice museum in the middle of Tokyo there is a large Japanese landscape garden in addition to its minimalists museum. The entrance to the museum is lined by bamboo to shield you from the hectic city and calm your mind. The bright entrance flows over in the gallery on the first floor and also gives you access to the garden at the back of the museum. The exhibition consists of sculptures, textiles and other Asian artifacts collected by mr.Nezu. Kengo Kuma made a traditional shape with modern materials to let the building look light and thin.

Architect: Kengo Kuma

Location:

6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku

35°39'44.24"N 139°43'1.61"E View in google Maps

Transport:

Station: Omotesando
Lines: Hanzomon & Ginza Line
           Chiyoda Line
Access: exit A5, 8 minutes from the subway station, follow Omotesando Avenue in southeast direction. It is at the end of the street.


Contact:

Site: www.nezu-muse.or.jp
Phone: +81 (0) 3 3400 2536

 


21_21 Design Sight

The building is situated in a nice park promenade in the middle of a busy area of Tokyo. Most of it is buried underground. Only 2 roof sections with entrances are visible on approaching. It houses two galleries underground and a reception and cafe on the ground floor level.

Architect: Tadao Ando
Location:

9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo Midtown

35°40'3.00"N 139°43'48.89"E View in google Maps
Transport:

Station: Roppongi
Lines: Hibiya, Oedo
Access: Exit 4A (Hibiya), 3 minute walk
             Exit 7 (Oedo), 1 minute walk

Contact:

Site: www.2121designsight.jp/en/
Phone: +81 (0) 3 3475 2121

 

Dior Omotesando

Transparent curtain like glass panels have there strongest effect at evening with interior lights glowing up.

Architect: Sanaa / Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa

Location:

5-9-11 jingumae, Shibuya-ku

35°40'2.53"N 139°42'26.19"E View in google Maps

Transport:

Station: Omotesando
Lines: Hanzomon & Ginza Line (Omotesando)
           Chiyoda Line (Omotesando and Meijijingumae)
Access: Exit A1, northwest direction.

Station: Meijijingumae
Lines: Chiyoda Line(Omotesando and Meijijingumae)
           Fukutoshin line (Meijijingumae)
Access: Exit 4, walk southeast direction


Contact:

Site: www.dior.com

 

Asakusa Tourist Information Center

The Tokyo Asakusa Tourist Information Centre is located opposite the famous Sensoji Temple. The tower looks like a organic stacking of traditional Japanese houses. Opening April 2012.

Architect: Kengo Kuma

Location:

5-2-6 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-Ku

35°42'38.33"N 139°47'47.43"E View in google Maps

Transport:

Station: Asakusa
Lines: Ginza Subway Line & TOEI Asakusa Line.
Access:


Contact:

Site:
Phone:

 

Za Koenji Theater

The roof of the building follows the contour of a tent shape. This concrete construction is dotted witn small windows. Added inside with circular lights build into the wall and circular light beams emit from the ceiling creating a circel pattern on the floor. This public theater also houses exhibition spaces and a cafe on the top floor.


Architect: Toyo Ito

Location:

2-1-2 Koenji Kita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

35°42'21.15"N 139°39'14.64"E View on google Maps

Transport:

Station: Koenji
Lines: JR Chuo Line
Access: 5 minute walk, North Exit, turn left follow the railway line in east direction.


Contact:

Site: http://za-koenji.jp
Phone: +81 (0)3 3223 7500

 

Tod's Omotesando Building

The concrete facade mimics tree branches like the trees that line this famous shopping street. It distinguishes the building from the numerous glass-curtain-wall commercial projects nearby. The plot of land on allowed for a narrow front facade with the office pushed to the back. It gives the projects it's L shaped layout. In 2011 the land in front and next to the building where being developed. This concrete tree structure has made a big impact on architectural design in Asia. In China I cannot count the copies i have seen of this facade.

Architect: Toyo Ito

Location:

5-1-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

35°42'21.15"N 139°39'14.64"E View on google Maps

Transport:

Station: Omotesando
Lines: Hanzomon & Ginza Line (Omotesando)
           Chiyoda Line (Omotesando and Meijijingumae)
Access: Exit A1, northwest direction.

Station: Meijijingumae
Lines: Chiyoda Line(Omotesando and Meijijingumae)
           Fukutoshin line (Meijijingumae)
Access: Exit 4, walk southeast direction


Contact:

Site: www.tods.com/
Phone: +81 (0) 3 6419 2055

 

HHSTYLE limited concept shop

This is the first building made out of metal by designer Tadao Ando. This building is designed to be a temporary shop, although it is still standing on this narrow shopping street for several years now. In 2011 it housed a underwear store.

Architect: Tadao Ando

Location:

6-14-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

35°39'58N 139°42'20E View on google Maps

Transport:

Station: Omotesando
Lines: Hanzomon & Ginza Line (Omotesando)
           Chiyoda Line (Omotesando and Meijijingumae)
Access: Exit A1, northwest direction, Turn left at the Gyre Building.

Station: Meijijingumae
Lines: Chiyoda Line(Omotesando and Meijijingumae)
           Fukutoshin line (Meijijingumae)
Access: Exit 4, walk southeast direction, Turn right at the Gyre building.


Contact:

Site: http://www.hhstyle.com
Phone: +81 (0) 3 5772 1112

 

Gyre Building

A high level department store on Tokyo's famous shopping street. The building looks like a randomly stacked collection of flat boxes. The boxes are connected on the outside with stairs. The whole building is cladded with tiles that have a wrinkled paper like surface structure. Inside the routing and layout is rather conventional finished with in dark colors.

Architect: MVRDV

Location:

5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

35°40'2.66"N 139°42'24.80"E View in google Maps

Transport:

Station: Omotesando
Lines: Hanzomon & Ginza Line (Omotesando)
           Chiyoda Line (Omotesando and Meijijingumae)
Access: Exit A1, northwest direction.

Station: Meijijingumae
Lines: Chiyoda Line(Omotesando and Meijijingumae)
           Fukutoshin line (Meijijingumae)
Access: Exit 4, walk southeast direction.


Contact:

Site: http://gyre-omotesando.com
Phone: +81 (0) 3 3498 6990

 

Daikanyama T-Site

Daikanyama T-Site is a upscale retail shopping area. The main building is occupied by the book chain Tsutaya. To make your visit a relaxing one it incorporates a Starbucks and a Family-Mart. Upstairs you can lounge in a rather luxuries cafe-lounge lined with bookshelves richly stocked with back issues of fashion and design magazines. Besides the main building the area is covered with several low buildings housing everything from a pet barber to camera-shop.

Architect: Klein Dytham Architecture

Location:

17-5 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 150-0033

35°38'55.95"N 139°41'58.23"E View in google Maps

Transport:

Station: Ebisu (walk west)
Lines: East Japan Railway Company (JR East): Yamanote Line, Saikyō Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line. Tokyo Metro: Hibiya Line

Station: Daikanyama (walk west)
Lines: Toyoku Line (private railway)


Contact:

Site: http://tsite.jp/daikanyama/
Phone:

 

Louis Vuitton Omotesando

The building resembles a pile of trunks stacked at random. The trunks, each contain a unique space that are connected by corridors

Architect: Jun Aoki

Location:

5-7-5 Jinqumae, Shibuya-ku

35°39'59.37"N 139°42'32.86"E View in google Maps

Transport:

Station: Omotesando
Lines: Hanzomon & Ginza Line (Omotesando)
           Chiyoda Line (Omotesando and Meijijingumae)
Access: Exit A1, northwest direction.

Station: Meijijingumae
Lines: Chiyoda Line(Omotesando and Meijijingumae)
           Fukutoshin line (Meijijingumae)
Access: Exit 4, walk southeast direction.


Contact:

Site: http://espacelouisvuittontokyo.com
Phone:+81 (0) 3 5766 1094

 

Audi Forum Tokyo



Architect: Creative Designers International

Location:

6-12-18 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

35°39'58.97"N 139°42'15.14"E View in google Maps

Transport:

Station: Meijijingumae
Lines:  Chiyoda Line(Omotesando and Meijijingumae)
           Fukutoshin line (Meijijingumae)
Access: Exit 4, take a U-turn and walk down toward
            a large intersection. Cross the street and
            turn right. Walk past a traffic light and Audi
            Forum will be on the left.


Contact:

Site:
Phone: +81 (0) 3 5464 7200

 

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower



Architect: Kenzo Tange Associates

Location:

1-7-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku

35°41'30.04"N 139°41'50.21"E View in google Maps

Transport:

Station: Shinjuku
Lines: Marunouchi Line
          Shinjuku Line
          Oedo Line
          Keio New Line
          Fukutoshin Line
          Shinjuku JR Rail
Access: Exit 4, take a U-turn and walk down toward
            a large intersection. Cross the street and
            turn right. Walk past a traffic light and Audi
            Forum will be on the left.


Contact:

Site:
Phone: +81 (0) 3 5464 7200

 

De Beers Ginza



Architect: Jun Mitsui & Associates Architects

Location:

2-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku

35°40'24.24"N 139°45'59.09"E View in google Maps

Transport:

Station: Ginza
Lines: Marunouchi Line & Hibiya Line
Access: Exit B2 walk north east

Station: Ginza-Itchome
Lines: Yurakucho Line
Access: Exit 5, walk south


Contact:

Site: http://www.debeers.com
Phone: +81(0) 3 5524 6055

 

Christian Dior Ginza Building



Architect: Inui Kumiko

Transport:

Station: Ginza
Lines: Hibiya Line
Access: Exit B3


Contact:

Site: www.dior.com
Phone:

 

H&M Harajuku

Stacked boxes are a popular theme in this area of Tokyo, Like Jun Aoki's LV shop and the Gyre, H&M is also build up out of boxes one on top of the other.
Architect: Jun Mitsui & Ass.

Location:

51-8-10 Jingumae Shibuya-ku

35°40'10.61"N 139°42'21.42"E View in google Maps

Transport:

Station: Meijijingumae
Lines: Chiyoda Line(Omotesando and Meijijingumae)
           Fukutoshin line (Meijijingumae)
Access: Exit 5, make a u-turn and turn left at the trafficlights.


Contact:

Site: http://www.hm.com/jp
Phone: +81 (0) 3 5413 3633

 

Jimbocho Theater

Steel plate cladding makes this small theater stick out. It is situated on a small piece of land surrounded by narrow streets. Despite the spiky armor plating the building is still easily accessible. The building integrates a 100-seat cinema, a 126-seat story-telling theater, and a 300m2 practice arena for artistic school.

Architect: Nikken Sekkei ltd.

Location:

1-23 Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku

35°41'41.94"N 139°45'38.95"E View in google Maps

Transport:

Station: Jimbocho
Lines: Mita Line
          Shinjuku Line
          Hanzomon Line
Access: Exit A7, make a U-turn and walk in east direction.


Contact:

Site: www.shogakukan.co.jp/jinbocho-theater (in japanese)
Phone:

 

Maison Hermes

The facade is made entirely of specially fabricated glass blocks. The design is inspired by traditional Japanese lanterns. At night the building has a mystrious glowing from within. The facade has some clear glass blocks to display there merchandise.

Architect: Renzo Piano
Transport:

Station: Ginza
Lines: Hibiya Line
Access: Exit B6 & B7


Contact:

Site: www.hermes.com
Phone:

 

Marc Jacobs Tokyo Flagship Store

A three layered design with a metal section on the top followed by stone and glass at the ground level. The solid top two layers accentuate the transparenty of the entrance level

Architect: Jaklitsch / Gardner Architect

Location:

5-2-6 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-Ku

35°39'48.56"N 139°42'52.00"E View in google Maps
Transport:

Station: Omotesando
Lines: Hanzomon & Ginza Line
           Chiyoda Line
Access: exit A5 from the subway station, follow Omotesando Avenue in southeast direction.(Behind the Prada store.)


Contact:

Site: www.marcjacobs.com
Phone: +81 (0) 3 6418 1188

 

Mikimoto Ginza 2

Another building by Toyo Ito made out of concrete. Finished in a light pink color. Relatively small openings with rounded edges have been cut out of the concrete facade to create a pattern not unlike that of some big cats.

Architect: Toyo Ito
Transport:

Station: Ginza
Lines: Marunouchi Line & Hibiya Line
Access: Exit B4 walk north east

Station: Ginza-Itchome
Lines: Yurakucho Line
Access: Exit 5, walk south


Contact:

Site: http://ginza2.mikimoto.com
Phone:

 

Nakagin Capsule Hotel

The Nakagin Capsule Tower is the world's first capsule building built for actual use. Kurokawa developed the technology to install the capsule units into a concrete core with only 4 high-tension bolts, His idea was to make the capsules detachable and replaceable. The Nakagin Capsule Tower realizes the ideas of metabolism movement.

Architect: Kisho Kurokawa
Transport:

Station: Shiodome
Lines: Oedo Line
Access: Exit 3 & 4


Contact:

Site:
Phone:

 

Prada Boutique Aoyama

The Tokyo store facade is build with crystal like glass panes that are either flat, concave or convex "bubbles". They are fixed to a concrete white frame that is the outer structure of the building. There is a small public square next to the building.

Architect: Herzog & the Meuron

Location:

5-2-6 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-Ku

35°39'49.65"N 139°42'51.86"E View in google Maps
Transport:

Station: Omotesando
Lines: Hanzomon & Ginza Line
           Chiyoda Line
Access: exit A5 from the subway station, follow Omotesando Avenue in southeast direction.


Contact:

Site: www.prada.com
Phone:+81 (0) 3 6418 0400

 

Tepia



Architect: Fumihiko Maki

Location:

2-8-44 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku

35°40'22.65"N 139°43'0.90"E View in google Maps
Transport:

Station: Gaiemmae
Lines: Ginza Line
Access: Four minute walk (next to Jingu Stadium) from Gaiemmae Station exit 3 on the (Subway).


Contact:

Site: www.tepia.jp
Phone: +81 (0) 3 5474 6111

 

One Omotesando



Architect: Kengo Kuma

Location:

2-24-8 Minami Aoyama, Minato Ku

35°39'56.60"N 139°42'42.03"E View in google Maps
Transport:

Station: Omotesando
Lines: Ginza Line, Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon Line
Access: Exit A2, northwest direction.

Station: Meiji-Jingumae / Harajuku
Lines: Chiyoda Line & Fukutoshin Line
Access: Exit 5, walk southeast direction


Contact:

Site: www.tepia.jp
Phone: +81 (0) 3 5474 6111