This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Tokyo. Similar to Berlin, Tokyo’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.
Architect: Kazuya Matsuda / Design nico Architect Associates
Location: Yoshizuka, hakata-ku,fukuoka, Japan
Structured Environment: Shimizu Architects, Tetsuya Shimizu
General Contractor: Shiji Corporation
Project Area: Site area: 323.13 sqm, Building area: 64.91 sqm, Total Floor Area: 256.47 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nacasa&Partners Inc, Koji Fujii
This building is the House and Chiropractic space complex where is at the top of river terrace of Hirose river in Sendai, Miyagi. The architects pursued an architecture as a topography led by the balance of the neighboring environment which is like a part of ground made and eroded for a long time ago by Hirose river.
Architects: Mitsuru Sato Architecture Studio @ DADA Architectural Atelier
Location: Miyagi, Japan
Project Area: 419.92 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Katsuo Koseki
The U.S.G.S. recently reported that an earthquake struck the Washington, D.C. area with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 (later updated to 5.9). Initial reports of damage are minor however the National Cathedral’s central tower sustained some damage. “It looks like three of the pinnacles have broken off the central tower,” spokesman Richard Weinberg said of the tower, the highest point in Washington, D.C.
Update: The Cathedral has sustained some substantial damage due to the earthquake, and experts are currently assessing the structural and aesthetic damage. For a video of the Cathedral damage, or to help join the efforts of preserving the Cathedral click here.
Update: You can also see the effects of the earthquake on a building in Virginia here.
Felt in Philadelphia, North Carolina, Boston, New York City, Martha’s Vineyard, and even Wheeling, West Virginia, the tremor raises questions of the importance of seismic considerations particularly in New York City.
Although earthquakes are not something a typical New Yorker would have cross their mind in comparison to other parts of the world such as Japan (8.9 magnitude in 2011) and Chile (8.8 magnitude in 2010), the overal size and density of NYC puts it at a high risk for extensive damage.
More photographs of the Washington National Cathedral and discussion regarding seismic considerations following the break.
Tea ceremonies have evolved a great deal since they first got their start in the ninth century, and as the ceremonies have grown and shifted in purpose, so have the tea houses that hold them.
Initially tea was seen as a medicine used to cultivate the mind, body and spirit; tea was seen as good for monks because it helped them to stay awake for long periods of meditation. For this reason, the military class sponsored the construction of large zen temples for monks to drink tea in. As tea began to grow in popularity beyond the temple, tea ceremonies became a source of entertainment for members of the upper class who could afford to gamble, read poetry and attend tea parties in extravagant pavilions. More information after the break.