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@ArchDaily Instatour: #Tokyo

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
@ArchDaily Instatour: #Tokyo, Sunny Hills by Kengo Kuma via @archdaily on Instagram
Sunny Hills by Kengo Kuma via @archdaily on Instagram

We recently went to Tokyo during the Sakura to visit the city's incredible architecture: from Metabolist towers and the work of Pritzker laureates to the buildings of the new generation of Japanese architects. See the 27 photos we snapped after the break.

Also, leave your suggestions for our next Instatour in the comments below, and be sure to follow @ArchDaily on Instagram to travel with us through the world of architecture! Next destination: #Venice.

Video: SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama by Kengo Kuma

00:00 - 6 May, 2014

As a part of his ongoing film series about Japanese architecture, French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht has created this visual exploration of SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama by Kengo Kuma.  Designed to resemble a bamboo basket, this pineapple cake shop is built using the traditional Japanese joint technique of “Jiigoku-Gumi.”  The wooden latticework is meant to provide visual contrast with the concrete facades of the building’s neighbors.

Zaha Hadid’s 2020 Olympic Stadium to Be "Scaled Down"

01:00 - 25 October, 2013
Zaha Hadid’s 2020 Olympic Stadium to Be "Scaled Down", © ZHA
© ZHA

UPDATE: The Washington Post reports that Japan's minister of education, Hakubun Shimomura, has announced a plan to trim the budget proposed for the Olympic stadium (now expected to cost $3 billion) designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. While he did not reveal the details of the scale-down, he maintained that the "design concept will be kept." 

Pritzker Prize laureate Fumihiko Maki has rallied together a number of Japanese architects - including Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito and Kengo Kuma - to oppose the massive scale of Zaha Hadid’s competition-winning National Stadium. Planned to be Tokyo’s main venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, Hadid’s 290,000 square meter stadium is accused of being “too big and too artificial” for the surrounding context. 

Architect Floats "100 Colors" for Japanese Art Festival

00:00 - 6 October, 2013
© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners
© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners

Emmanuelle Moureaux, expert in the architecture of color, has created yet another vibrant space, this time for the 2013 Shinjuku Creators Festa in Japan

Shikiri, meaning "to divide space using colors," is a made-up term the French architect has embraced in her art and architecture. She aims to "use colors as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, not as a finishing touch applied to surfaces." 

© Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners © Daisuke Shima / Nacasa & Partners +7

Pony Pediatric Dental Clinic / Masahiro Kinoshita - KINO Architects + KAMITOPEN

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
Pony Pediatric Dental Clinic / Masahiro Kinoshita - KINO Architects + KAMITOPEN, © Keisuke Miyamoto
© Keisuke Miyamoto

© Keisuke Miyamoto © Keisuke Miyamoto © Keisuke Miyamoto © Keisuke Miyamoto +22

AD Classics: Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center / Kenzo Tange

01:00 - 4 September, 2013
AD Classics: Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center / Kenzo Tange, Courtesy of Petr Šmídek - www.archiweb.cz
Courtesy of Petr Šmídek - www.archiweb.cz

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

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 Japan.

 More about this icon of Metabolism after the break…. 

H-Orange / Takuro Yamamoto Architects

01:00 - 7 August, 2013
H-Orange  / Takuro Yamamoto Architects, Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects
Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo
  • Area

    115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects Courtesy of Takuro Yamamoto Architects +14

Haunted play house / Torafu Architects

01:00 - 5 August, 2013
Haunted play house / Torafu Architects, © Fuminari Yoshitsugu
© Fuminari Yoshitsugu

© Fuminari Yoshitsugu © Fuminari Yoshitsugu © Fuminari Yoshitsugu © Fuminari Yoshitsugu +20

Video: Office Building in Shibaura / Kazuyo Sejima & Associates

00:00 - 5 August, 2013

Captured by JA+U, this short film takes you on a tour through a 2011, Kazuyo Sejima & Associates-designed office space in Shibaura, Tokyo. Open and transparent, the five double-height, split-level floors are designed to visually connect movement throughout the space, from the ground level public cafe to the generous outdoor terrace on the fifth floor. 

House In Mishuku Ⅱ / Nobuo Araki

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
House In Mishuku Ⅱ / Nobuo Araki, © Shimizu Ken
© Shimizu Ken

© Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken +19

Cloudscapes at MOT / Tetsuo Kondo Architects + TRANSSOLAR / Matthias Schuler

01:00 - 21 July, 2013
Cloudscapes at MOT / Tetsuo Kondo Architects + TRANSSOLAR / Matthias Schuler, © Tetsuo Kondo Architects
© Tetsuo Kondo Architects

© Ken’ichi Suzuki © Ken’ichi Suzuki © Yasuhiro Takagi © Tetsuo Kondo Architects +7

Birdhouse / Takato Tamagami

01:00 - 15 July, 2013
© Masaya Yoshimura
© Masaya Yoshimura

© Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura +21

Arrow / APOLLO Architects & Associates

01:00 - 8 July, 2013
Arrow / APOLLO Architects & Associates, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +33

Mokumoku Kindergarten / 16A Inc.

01:00 - 3 July, 2013
© Masaya Yoshimura
© Masaya Yoshimura

© Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura +23

House of Aoba / SKAL + OUVI

01:00 - 2 July, 2013
House of Aoba / SKAL + OUVI, © Hideya Amemiya
© Hideya Amemiya
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Planning

    Kazuya Shikinami
  • Structural engineer

    Shin Yokoo,Keita KIsami
  • Landscaping

    Fujikura landscaping design office
  • Furniture Design

    KENRIKI
  • Area

    53.2 sqm
  • Photographs

© Hideya Amemiya © Hideya Amemiya © Hideya Amemiya © Hideya Amemiya +25

Lattice / APOLLO Architects & Associates

00:00 - 2 July, 2013
Lattice / APOLLO Architects & Associates, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +34

Aluminium Flower Garden / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

01:00 - 30 June, 2013
Aluminium Flower Garden / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects, Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects +15

Nousfit Warehouse / Hideo Horikawa Architect & Associates

01:00 - 27 June, 2013
Nousfit Warehouse / Hideo Horikawa Architect & Associates, © Katsuhisa Kida
© Katsuhisa Kida

© Katsuhisa Kida © Katsuhisa Kida © Katsuhisa Kida © Katsuhisa Kida +31