“Classic Japan” Episode 1: Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange

From Tokyo-based French architect and film maker Vincent Hecht comes “Classic Japan,” a series of short films focussed on Japanese architecture from between the 1950s and 80s. 

The first installment takes viewers into Kenzo Tange‘s 1964 Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, built to house the swimming and diving events of the 1964 Summer Olympics. Completed in less than two years and seating upwards of 15,000 spectators, the Gymnasium is renowned for its suspension roof, and will host the handball competitions during ’s 2020 Summer Olympics.

Komachi Building / Key Operation

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Architects: Key Operation
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Architects In Charge: Akira Koyama Structural Engineer, Delta Structural Consultants
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Key Operation

Ebisu Town House / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates

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Architects: Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates
Location: , Tokyo,
Area: 525.0 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Ken’ichi Suzuki

The Wall of Nishihara / SABAOARCH

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Architects: SABAOARCH
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Structure Engineer : Matou Hayata
Area: 78.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ohno Shigeru, Yuji Nishijima , Courtesy of SABAOARCH

Dear Jingumae Building / amano design office

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Architects: amano design office
Location: 3 Chome Jingumae, , Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Yoshihiro Amano
Area: 573.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Shonen Junk / studio 201

© Kenta Hasegawa (OFP)

Architects: studio 201
Location: , 〒150-0001 , Shibuya, Jingumae, 5 Chome−2−25 5・2・25ビル
Interior Design: Manabu Okano[studio201](Architect)
Area: 103.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kenta Hasegawa (OFP)

A Hill On A House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

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Architects: Yuko Nagayama & Associates
Location: , Tokyo,
Area: 267 sqm
Photographs: Daici Ano

Kilico / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

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Architects: Makoto Yamaguchi Design
Location: Daikanyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo,
Area: 125 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Ken’ichi Suzuki

I Find Everything / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Makoto Yamaguchi Design
Location: Shibuya, ,
Area: 20 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Y-3 / Komada Architects’ Office

© Toshihiro Sobajima

Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: Shibuya-ku, ,
Architects: Takeshi Komada, Yuka Komada
Consultant: Yasushi Moribe
Area: 326.6 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

T2 Retail Shop / General Design

© Daici Ano

Architects: General Design
Location: Shibuya, ,
Architect: Shin Ohori
Area: 99 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Daici Ano

Starbucks Espresso Journey / Nendo

© Daici Ano

Architects: Nendo
Location: Omotesando, 4丁目-3 Jingumae, , Tokyo 150-0001,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Daici Ano, Hiroshi Iwasaki

Sunwell Muse Kitasando / Takato Tamagami and Tsutomu Hasegawa

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Architects: Takato Tamagami Architectural Design and Tsutomu Hasegawa
Location: Sendagaya, Shibuya, , Japan
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Masaya Yoshimura