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Lamenting the Loss of Hotel Okura, One of Tokyo's Modernist Gems

The news last year that the Hotel Okura, often described as one of Tokyo´s "Modernist gems," was to be demolished was met with widespread disappointment across the board. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been considered a significant architectural landmark in the Japanese capital. With only a week to go until the hotel checks out its last guest, Monocle—having been granted exclusive access—have shared with us a film to capture "the gracious ways of this much-loved building."

Oryza Nakanoshima Spinning / Naoya Matsumoto Design

© Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano

House of Yabugaoka / Flame planningoffice

  • Architects: Flame planningoffice
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Masatoshi Hatamoto
  • Building: VICO
  • Area: 115.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Yohei Sasakura

© Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura © Yohei Sasakura

Kakko House / YYAA

  • Architects: YYAA
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Yoshihiro Yamamoto
  • Area: 113.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Keishiro Yamada

© Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada © Keishiro Yamada

Re-Toyosaki / Coil Kazuteru Matumura Architects

© Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda

Ito-Biyori Cafe / ninkipen!

  • Architects: ninkipen!
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Yasuo Imazu
  • Area: 67.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

© Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata

Yorunoma Bar / Naoya Matsumoto

© Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano

House in Asahiku / Coo Planning

  • Architects: Coo Planning
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Akiyoshi Nakao
  • Area: 55.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yuko Tada

© Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada

House with Podocarpus / Yasutoshi Mifune + Toru Atarashi

  • Architects: Yasutoshi Mifune, Toru Atarashi
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Basic Design of the Project: Yasutoshi Mifune
  • Area: 319.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Yasunori Shimomura

© Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura

House Twisted / Alphaville Architects

  • Architects: Alphaville Architects
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Ichiro Sugioka, Kei Sugino, Courtesy of Alphaville Architects

© Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen! + TKY JAPAN

  • Architects: ninkipen!, TKY JAPAN
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge: Toshikatsu Ienari, Kenta Fukunishi, Yasuo Imazu/ninkipen!
  • Area: 61.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Hiroki kawata

© Hiroki kawata © Hiroki kawata © Hiroki kawata © Hiroki kawata

Shun Shoku Lounge by Guranavi / Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Kengo Kuma & Associates © Kengo Kuma & Associates © Kengo Kuma & Associates © Kengo Kuma & Associates

K House / Kimura Matsumoto

  • Architects: Kimura Matsumoto
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Design Team: Yoshinari Kimura , Naoko Matsumoto
  • Structural Engineer: Eisuke Mitsuda
  • Building Contractor: Kohatsu
  • Area: 45.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yuko Tada

© Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada

House in Ishikiri / Tato Architects

  • Architects: Tato Architects
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Yo shimada
  • Garden Designer: Coca-z(Tatsuya kokaji)
  • Structure Engineer: S3 Associates Inc.(Ichiro Hashimoto)
  • Textile Designer: Akane Moriyama
  • Area: 233.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Shinkenchiku Sha

© Shinkenchiku Sha © Shinkenchiku Sha © Shinkenchiku Sha © Shinkenchiku Sha

Shyo Ryu Ken,Kyobashi / STILE

  • Architects: STILE
  • Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Ietsugu Ohara
  • Clients: KIHARA Inc
  • Construction: Yaohousing Inc. / Kenji Kogaito
  • Area: 122.67 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hirokazu Matsuoka

© Hirokazu Matsuoka © Hirokazu Matsuoka © Hirokazu Matsuoka © Hirokazu Matsuoka

Lecinq Hair Salon / ninkipen!

  • Architects: ninkipen!
  • Location: Kadoma city, Osaka, Japan
  • Area: 219.5 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hiroki Kawata

© Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata