hikari no kyokai – church of light

the church of light is located in a small town of Ibaraki, 25km outside of osaka / japan. it is without doubt one of tadao ando’s signature architectural works.

gps: 34.8186, 135.537 / code: japosa0003

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location: osaka

architect: tadao ando

completed: unknown

photo: 180107

 

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breezé tower

the breezé tower with its double-glazed façade that allows for natural ventilation of the interiors is one of the first environmentally friendly skyscrapers in japan. the whole tower is based on a nine-story podium which contains a large multi-functional opera and concert hall for 960 people, restaurants and conference facilities. furthermore there is a central mall which serves as an important new pedestrian connection between osaka station and the city.

gps: 34.6986, 135.49389 / code: japosa0010

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location: osaka

architect: ingenhoven architekten

completed: 2008

photo: 180107

 

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abc hall

the very basic idea of the new abc hall building is to bring nature into an office building with an intensive use. thus, the complex offers two large ‘gardens‘: the so-called ‘river deck’ along the river and the ‘sky terrace’ on the roof.  the exterior wall facing the river is covered with plates made of recycled wood which aim is to to soften the hardness of the architecture.

gps: 34.69388, 135.48829 / code: japosa0009

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location: osaka

architect: kuma kengo

completed: unknown

photo: 180107

 

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abeno harukas

japan railway’s kintetsu corporation built the skyscraper as a hub for various railway terminals. the 60-storey building became the tallest skyscraper in the country at 300m height. the skyscraper has a total floor space of 306,000m² and provides direct connections to the kansai international airport and the osaka international airport.the building also includes observatory decks, a museum, a university, a hotel, a department store, restaurants, retail spaces and offices.

gps: 34.64563, 135.51444 / code: without

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location: japan, osaka

architect: cesar pelli

completed: 2014

photo: 17/01/12

 

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organic building

completed in 1993, the organic building has since been named a civic landmark by the city of osaka, which has undertaken its maintenance in perpetuity. the organic building features 7,052 square meters of interior space on nine stories with restaurants and retail on the street with office space above. 

the exterior is covered with steel-encased concrete panels glazed with a red finish that feature extruding pockets. inside these containers are fiberglass planters that contain more than 80 types of indigenous plants and trees selected in collaboration with osaka horticulturists. thus, the building is creating  a vertical garden. this contributes to the overall original look of the building which made it become one of the city’s landmarks in the past years. the 80 types of plants and trees were selected by asking help from specialized local horticulturists.

gps: 34.67737, 135.49912 / code: japosa0013

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location: japan, osaka

architect: gaetano pesce

completed: 1993

photo: 17/01/12

 

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