Architecture City Guide: Tokyo

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . Similar to Berlin, ’s architecture is overwhelming modern due its destruction during the 20th Century. We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. Please add your favorites in the comment section below so we can add them on the second go around. Again thank you to all our readers who sent in their suggestions and photographs. The city guides would not be possible without your help.

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The Architecture City Guide: Tokyo list and corresponding map after the break.

Makuhari Messe / Fumihiko Maki
Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower / Tange Associates
De Beers Ginza Building / Jun Mitsui & Associates Architects
St. Mary Cathedral / Kenzo Tange
Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange
Nakagin Capsule Tower / Kisho Kurokawa
Za Koenji Public Theatre / Toyo Ito
Tama Art University Library / Toyo Ito
Asahi Beer Hall / Philippe Starck
Tokyo International Forum / Rafael Viñoly
Prada Aoyama Epicenter / Herzog & de Meuron
Gyre Shopping Center / MVRDV

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Jamie Barras

Cite: Henry, Christopher. "Architecture City Guide: Tokyo" 14 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • binbin

    you got the last two mixed up

  • red the mod

    It is notable that the Nakagin Capsule Tower was included in this list. With the present threats of its demolition overshadowing this landmark, posterity is all the more immediate to experience, and document this vision that is emblematic of the Japanese Metabolist movement.

  • chestnut

    Prada Aoyama Epicenter 和 Gyre Shopping Center 的picture tag顛倒啦!