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Architecture in the city- Tokyo, Japan

Updated: Jul 19, 2021


Tokyo is famous for Anime, electronics, manga, and video games. Now guess what? The architecture of Tokyo is so intricate and it as interesting as everything else over there. The history of the city talks back to some 400 years, originally named "Edo" which later was changed to "Tokyo".

Tokyo is the largest metropolitan in the world, hosting over 36 million people spread over 3 prefectures.

Tokyo's culture is changing as well as increased risk of natural catastrophes, because architecture has had to make dramatic changes since the 1990s.

Present day's Tokyo's streets are alive with some of the world's most design and construction. The designs are so intricate and well-packed with minimum wastage of land. Tokyo once was a city with low buildings and packed with single-family homes, today the city has a larger focus on high-rise residential homes and urbanization.

A lot has changed with time and architecture has evolved over generations giving rise to the best.

Following are the top 8 architecturally important crafts in Tokyo( though there is a lot more)

1. Tokyo International Forum


The Tokyo International Forum is a multi-purpose exhibition center in Tokyo, Japan. The complex is generally considered to be in the Yūrakuchō business district, being adjacent to Yūrakuchō Station, but it is administratively in the Marunouchi district. Ar. Rafel Vinoly( the project architect) combined modern architecture and high-tech architecture to build this notable work.

2. Asakusa Cultural Tourist Information Centre

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This cultural center is one of Asakusa's newest sightseeing attractions. Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is more modest in its design and purpose, but it is still a very striking structure with the appearance of a stack of separate wooden buildings that have been piled up on top of each other at different angles. Designed by Kengo Kuma, this is a modern facility aiming to help visitor's find and learn the region's top-notch places.

3. Edo-Tokyo Museum


The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a historical museum located at 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-Ku, Tokyo in the Ryogoku district. The museum opened in March 1993 to preserve Edo's cultural heritage and features city models of Edo and Tokyo between 1590 and 1964. It was the first museum built dedicated to the history of Tokyo. Kiyonori Kikutake was the associated architect.

4. Yoyogi National Gymnasium


Yoyogi National Gymnasium is an arena located at Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, which is famous for its suspension roof design. Under the guidance and supervision of Ar. Kenzo Tange, the gymnasium was opened in October 1964.

The Yoyogi National Gymnasium along with its many accolades, at the time of completion, was also known to hold the world's largest suspended roof structure, and currently, it is used as a venue for several events.

5. Museum of Contemporary Art


The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is a contemporary art museum in Koto, Tokyo, Japan. The museum is located in Kiba Park. It was opened in 1995. It was built with the intention of a systematic study centre focusing primarily on postwar Japanese art but encompassing a wide range of subjects from both here and abroad.

Yanagisawa Takahiko was the concerned project architect.

6. St. Mary's Catherdal


St. Mary's Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tokyo. It is located in the Sekiguchi neighborhood of Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. The architecture of the cathedral is worth all the talk. Ar. Kenzo Tange's work was both Modernist and Metabolist, abstract and symbolic, bright (polished exterior), and dark (rough interior).

Tange was not just an architect but also a person who supported the new modern movement in Japan and helped in the nation's growth. And so it was quite obvious that his designs spoke of a mix of conepts.

7. Nakagia Capsule Tower


The Nakagin Capsule Tower is a mixed-use residential and office tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa and located in Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan. The architect was innovative in his designs and Japanese "Metabolism" was the projected style of architecture. Nakagia Capsule Tower was a representative work of Japanese architectural movement named "Metabolism".

8. Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Centre


Built in the Ginza district of Tokyo, the Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center gave Tange a chance to materialize his Metabolist ideals, which called for a new urban typology that could self perpetuate in an organic, vernacular, "metabolic" manner. The narrow, 189 square-meter, triangular site inspired Tange to design a vertical structure, consisting of a main infrastructural core, which could develop into an urban megastructure, into which an ever-growing number of prefabricated capsules could be “plugged-in.” (Source: Archdaily)

“Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.” - Kenzo Tange


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