shibaura house

shibaura house by kazuyo sejima is a multi-storey building with flexible workshop rooms in shibaura district in tokyo. the building offers different rooms on several “terraces” and can be used for many different functions and activities, such as meetings, conferences, evening events, lectures or exhibitions. the steel and glass construction is perforated from terraces to the outside and offers a high degree of daylight in every room.

gps: 35.64215, 139.7485 / code: japtok0046

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: kazuyo seijima

completed: 2011

photo: 17/01/13

 

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archi-depot

in tokyo´s shinagawa district, archi-depot opened as museum dedicated to the storage and display of contemporary japanese architectural models. like “pigments” (see below) this museum was created by the company “warehouse terrada”. the museum offers rows and rows of miniature designs. many of the projects shown were realized.

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gps: 35.62092, 139.74872 / code: japtok0136

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: unknown

completed: 2015

photo: 17/01/13

 

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pigments

the painting supply store “pigment” features a huge selection of more than 4,200 different pigments,  paintbrushes, ink sticks and traditional japanese paper. this store is run by the warehouse company terrada and is part of a programme to convert the companies` warehouses in the shinagawa area into design shops, museums, galleries and restaurants. the selection of suppy goods is as amazing as the store’s interior design by architect kengo kuma. kuma created an open space framed by waves of bamboo sticks which both have an exquisite and welcoming appearance.

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gps: 35.62124, 139.7494 / code: japtok0219

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: kuma kengo

completed: 2015

photo: 17/01/13

 

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library of children’s literature

located within tokyo´s ueno park, the international library of children’s literature, a branch of the national diet library, is a renovation and expansion of the former imperial library built in 1906 and expanded in 1929. the subtle interventions of Ando create a dynamic juxtaposition between the old and the new while creating the first national library dedicated to children’s literature.

gps: 35.7195, 139.77369 / code: japtok0025

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: tadao ando

completed: 2015

photo: 17/01/05

 

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takao 599 museum

mount takao is located in the city of hachioji which is part of tokyo metropolis. the mountain is the highest mountain of tokyo allowing visitors panaorama views on tokyo. at the base of this 599m-high mountain, the takao 599 museum  opened on august 11, 2015. due to the high number of visitors of mount takao, over the years, the village on the base has lost its original appearance. therefore the rather simple and traditional appearance is not spectacular but integrates very well in the neighbourhood.

gps: 35.63041, 139.26875 / japtok0171

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: tohata architects

completed: 2015

photo: 17/01/03

 

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21 21 design sight

the low rise building consists of a ground floor and a lower floor.  the largest volume of the building is under the ground. the interiour space includes the reception, two galleries and a triangular, lowered courtyard. the building is surrounded by the longest double glazing facade in japan.

gps: 35.667510, 139.730546 / code: without

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: tadao ando

completed: 2007

photo: 17/01/02

 

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