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Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

  • 13:30 - 5 July, 2012
Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates
Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Takeshi Yamagishi
© Takeshi Yamagishi

© Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi © Takeshi Yamagishi +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Design Team

    Kengo Kuma, Teppei Fujiwara, Masafumi Harigai, Okayama Naoki, Kiyoaki Takeda, Masaru Shuku, Erina Kuryu, Hiroaki Saito
  • Area

    234.13 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

From the architect. In the corner premise of just 326㎡ across Kaminari-mon Gate, the building was required to accommodate plural programs such as tourist information center, conference room, multi-purpose hall and an exhibition space.

© Takeshi Yamagishi
© Takeshi Yamagishi

The center extends Asakusa’s lively neighborhood vertically and piles up roofs that wrap different activities underneath, creating a “new section” which had not existed in conventional layered architecture. Equipments are stored in the diagonally shaped spaces born between the roof and the floor, and by this treatment we could secure large air volume despite its just average height for high-and medium-rise buildings. Furthermore, the roofs not only divide the structure into 8 one-storied houses but also determine the role of each floor. First and second floor has an atrium and in-door stairs, creating a sequence from which you can feel the slope of the two roofs. On 6th floor, taking advantage of the slanted roof, we were able to set up a terraced floor with which the entire room can function as a theater. As angles of the roofs inclined toward Kaminari-mon and the heights from the ground vary from floor to floor, each floor relates differently to the outside, giving a unique character to each space. 

© Takeshi Yamagishi
© Takeshi Yamagishi
Cite: "Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates" 05 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/251370/asakusa-culture-and-tourism-center-kengo-kuma-associates/>
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27 Comments

GordonAnderson · April 16, 2013

It is in Asakusa, Tokyo, close to the famous shrine.

Sherrie Lam · January 31, 2013

Can someone share the exact location of this building? I would like to go have a look. Thanks.

John Howard · September 04, 2012

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Jordan Jones · July 19, 2012

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Brook Tefera · July 07, 2012

Interesting combination of individual units into a single structure....

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Allan · July 06, 2012

whata beautiful looking tower with traditional lines.

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