Tokyo Budoukan, 東京武道館


It was amazing, we did a short trip to the park, and we have not expectations about architecture that day. My architectrual guide was empy for that part of Tokyo, Adachi-ku,

The train stop was ayase, the park was Higashi ayase koen, which means East Ayase Park, and the map below shows how weird was this park, with a long walk, about 1.5 km.Image

Then at the real beginning of the park we saw this huge building.

It is the Tokyo budokan, wich means the place for martial arts, including kyuudo (Arc)-

here the link to wikipedia

and here the link to the architect, Rokkaku Kijyo (六角 鬼丈)

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I took some picture inside and a short video in the middle hallway. The building was finished in 1990, thus the project should be born at least 2 years before, or most likely inthe middle of the eighties.

also I steal some frames from a kendo training I suppose

if you want to appreciate also the interior finishing details I also made a Gallery
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24 Architects in Japan, Roland Hagenberg, May 2011


this post is abouta book I recently finished.

he list of architets interviewed by mr. Hagenberg you can find in this book, is here below:

  1. Tadao Ando, 2002-2004 and 2011

  2. Jun Aoki, 2001-2007, 2010

  3. Shigeru Ban, 2001-2003,

  4. Terunobu Fujimori, 2005

  5. Sou Fujimoto, 2009

  6. Hiroshi Hara, 2000-2007, 2010

  7. Hitsuko Hasegawa, 2000,

  8. Naoki Iijima, 2009

  9. Arata Isozaki, 2000,

  10. Toyo Ito, 2000, 2010

  11. Kiyonori Kikutake, 2008

  12. Astrid Klein Mark Dytham, Kda, 2010

  13. Kengo Kuma, 2000-2007, 2010

  14. Kisho Kurokawa, 2000

  15. Fumihiko Maki, 2001, 2011

  16. Hiroshi Naito, 2000-2007, 2011

  17. Kazunari Sakamoto, 2007

  18. Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa /SANAA, 2000, 2010

  19. Kenzo Tange, Noritaka Tange, 1998, 2007,

  20. Takaharu Tezuka, 2011,

  21. Yasuhiro Yamashita, 2008, 2010

 

I did put the time the author wrote in this book because some of these interviews are not so fresh (how could the author had write to some of them such Kurokawa, Kikutake or Tange father who are already buried?). None of them seem to be done after the Tohoku earthquake and this could be a good point from a certain view.

The plan was to publish the book on March 2011 and because of the earthquake has been postponed. Before this book others were published on the same matter. The author list them. In 2001 there was a film documentary called surFACE, co-directed by Karl Neubert and Hagenber also a bilingual version was released by Uplink in dvd. In 2004 Kashiwa Shobo wrote, 14 Japanese Architects. In 2009, Garden City Publishers, in Taiwan, 20 Japanese Architects.

Other exhibitions were held by the author, and the project in Austria called Japan-Listz-Raiding, were some of the interviewed took part seems to be the background fo the book.

To my side it has been interesting to read such opposite thoughts about architecture here, and discover some personalities, such for instance Hiroshi Hara, I didn’t be aware of furthermore it was fun reading about mr. Isozaki is almost a chinese man nowadays!

This is the first book I read in english who report the architect voices and reading was interesting despite the fact I believe it’s better study their works than read their words.

The author says that all his earnings from this book will be devoluted to the Japanese Red Cross. That’s fare enough to publish this post and also it is a necesssary element of this blog.

JOSAI university Kyoicho Campus, 学校法人城西大学 東京紀尾井町キャンパス…surprise


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I went for a walk after a meeting and I have decided to look at the building who was at the end of a

narrow street .

It was the Josai University (how many are they in Tokyo? 100, 200, 500?..who knows) Kyoichi Campus. I took some pictures. It looked as if they just have finished it day before yesterday.

Some nice chicks were coming out from the glass sliding doors thus I decided to enter .

Nice floor, plenty of flowers, maybe something was going on, I thought.

Anyway at the front desk the gentle young lady didn’t know who was the architect in charge of the design, or renovation of that building.

Than I went further, descending a stair and. Gosh!

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A T-Rex skeleton was there!

Than I found a fossils gallery whom despite I decided to not shoot, it gave reason to that exibihition!

Here some more pictures and the address

address on google

Alley House – Toshiaka Kishida Architects 石田敏明


Alley House - Toshiaka Kishida Architects
Since today it’s raining, I am publishing a little journey I did some days ago. I found this dwelling with shop at ground floor. Its name is SAK.

In Tokyo is not rare to see similar situations.

The owner’s profession is probably to repair and assembly bycicles.  The steel panels used as coating is something unusual for a house, and I bet they are expensive.

Thinking to the near railway is a choice that make sense here.

Width is clearly even, let’s say there is only 1.3 ~ 2.6m.

All floor together are 88mq.

One link o the architect  works.


another link to the architect

Hiko Mizuno Jewelry College


Hiko Mizuno Jewelry College
I have came across this highly unusual building, and discovered after it is
a School  for learn how to create jewelry and so on
designed by Mitusuru Kiryu.
It is something very rare and probably unique in its features as you can see from these two shots.
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5-29-2 jingumae, shibuya-ku is the address.
I was a little behind the well famous Omotosando Area – a taste of that area you can have here in this forum.

united nations university – Kenzo Tange


I stumped upon this building, going to the office on Tuesday. I thought it was designed by somebody well known since the ONU or UN University should have hired a big

architect to build on its Property. Indeed I have found Kenzo Tange was the one who did it.  United Nations University Headquarters, 1992, July. 21301mq. Address is 5-53-1 Jingumae, shibuys-ku, tokyo

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I also found an article on The japan times  today about the tokyo Midtown street Gallery so I write down here

the link. Sadly this article appears when the Art exihibition ended…