House in Ningyo-cho / K+S Architects

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: K+S Architects
Location: , , Japan
Architects In Charge: Nobuya Kashima, Aya Sato
Area: 54.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & Associates

© Daici Ano

Architects: Jun Aoki & Associates
Location: Ginza, , , Japan
Area: 1475.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daici Ano

Dear Ginza / amano design office

© nacasa & partners Inc.

Architects: amano design office
Location: , , Japan
Collaborators: Atorie Oica , Azzurro Architects
Area: 155.55 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: nacasa & partners Inc.

AD Classics: Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center / Kenzo Tange

Courtesy of Petr Šmídek -

“Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.” -

In honor of what would have been Kenzo Tange’s 100th birthday, AD Classics presents one of the Japanese master’s most iconic projects – the Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center. Built in 1967, the building was the first spatial realization of Tange’s Metabolist ideas of organically-inspired structural growth, developed in the late 1950s. The Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center is far more significant than its relatively small size would suggest, encapsulating the concepts of  the new Metabolistic order in architecture and urban planning that prevailed in post-World War II .

 More about this icon of Metabolism after the break….