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tokyo's avant-garde architecture tends to the monolithic, echoing the spirit of a city where things need to be big. here are some examples:
^ tokyo international forum (1996), in yurakucho. architect: rafael vinoly - also known as "the ark." one whole side of the ship-shaped building is an unbroken glass wall. all the criss-crossing walkways are open to the public. it would be a great place for a game of tag.
^ another view of the tokyo international forum (above).
^ tokyo metropolitan government complex (1991), in shinjuku. architect: tange kenzo - nicknamed "gotham." home to a free observation deck on the 45th floor of each tower (see this article). more info at glasssteelandstone.com/BuildingDetail/168.php.
^ fuji tv headquarters (1996), in odaiba. architect: tange kenzo - located on the landfill island of odaiba, home to a bunch of wild buildings. not surprisingly, it's often seen on tv. definitely one of the most recognized and recognizable corporate head offices in the land. a couple more cool photos at the architect's website: www.ktaweb.com/works/en_fcg.html.
^ telecom center (1996), in odaiba. architect: HOK architects - my favourite building in odaiba, particularly because the flightpath to nearby haneda airport passes right behind, so that you can see planes suspended for a split second in the middle of the building. very surreal. buildings with holes in the middle seem popular in japan. i saw several others, but none were as grand as this.
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elaine: 5th Jun 2005 - 19:53 GMT
cooool. the top one is like the inside of a giant bug. the game of tag could be done in tiny bug costumes. my favourite out of these has to be the robotesque gotham
Peter: 6th Jun 2005 - 15:04 GMT
jeeff, i love entries like this. great photos, plus you get to read captions for them. it reads like a book. i especially love the fuji tv headquarters. that building is a trip...
and i got a kick out of you mentioning seeing airplanes suspended between structures... i do that here too... where i work, there are three parallel and identical smokestacks, behind which the approach/takeoff flight paths from newark airport pass... i love wastching planes suspended between the stacks, especially when there are two or three, going in opposite directions. i need to bring my real camera one of these days, as the cameraphone is too weak to catch this effect.
jeeff: 6th Jun 2005 - 15:39 GMT
here's a photo from my tokyo guidebook (let's go tokyo - highly recommended to travellers!). it shows the plane suspended in the middle.
ian: 30th Nov 2005 - 01:36 GMT
jeeff, plane suspended in midair with some grade A barrel distortion for free!
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