Archive for the ‘Tokyo’ Category

Satoshi Matsuoka & Yuki Tamura

September 29, 2009


Sou Fujimoto: Interview and projects

July 3, 2009

interview, part 1

interview, part 2

Sou Fujimoto’s ‘cave’ and le Corbusier’s ‘nest’, a diagrammatic explanation of function.

House N

Final Wooden House

“Pet Architecture”

September 15, 2008

Tokyo is filled with tiny buildings on awkward sites – what fellow Tokyo-based architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto has called “pet architecture”. These are wedged onto tiny slivers of land left over from the slicing and dicing of land by urban planning and property development processes. This building is our very own example of pet architecture.

“an Inhabitable Billboard” by Klein Dytham Architects


September 14, 2008


Lok Jansen, Tokyo

September 12, 2008

Tokyo Olympics 1964

September 11, 2008

Tokyo National Gymnasia designed by Architect Kenzo Tange

roof plan and section

roof plan and elevation

plan and section

plan and section


Prada Store, Tokyo by Herzog & de Meuron

September 4, 2008


– the tessilating rhombus design acts as the structural support allowing an open plan (although the wall encasing the staircase seems to able to bare loads too? open plan or not, H&dM have still managed to balance continuity between interior and exterior, creating a 3D experience).

– simple wrapping of the exterior in diagonal lines. Prada itself is best known for its minimal (but expensive) style. The building appears as a gem set in the street with a beguiling quality as standard forms in architecture (entrances, windows) become unrecognizeable making the building appear more as sculpture. This symbolism work far more elegantly than any billboard could do to advertise the essence of the building.

– the pattern seems oversized to contain such a large building (6 storeys), what is created is a link between the Prada design and architecture which ends in a building that takes lessons from both schools of thought. The lines, which dwarf the building, create a less imposing, more casual, store.

– the store’s outline may seem random at first but the skewed lines relate to the lines of the structural rhombus shapes (a beautiful harmony between skin and shape). The one irregular skewed line on one of the building’s corners closes its height to stop it dominating the skyline. Not only does this put it in context with the comparatively relaxed atmosphere of Omote Sando, it is also a nice little quirk which adds a bit of intrigue.


image courtesy of Liao Yusheng.

– The windows set into the frame are a mixture of, convex, concave and flat, breaking up the monotomy of tessalating forms. The dressing rooms are covered in a translucent glass for privacy. The way light is caught and reflected creates varying experiences outside and close up to the store. What would otherwise be a cold, office block façade is turned into something much more visually interesting. It would be useful to see firsthand exactly how these distorted glass panes work and what sort of glare (if any) they may create.

One of my favourite touches is the recognition given to the architects collaboration with Prada underneath the store’s name. It’s very rare to see this on any building and really highlights the crossovers between different aspects in design in general.

image courtesy of Liao Yusheng. Visit for more beautiful travel photography

image courtesy of Liao Yusheng. Visit for more beautiful travel photography.


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Omotesando Hills by Tadao Ando

May 20, 2008

The Tod’s building, on Omotesando

May 6, 2008

63.02° house by Schemata Architecture Office (with cherry blossom)

May 1, 2008