It was my inlaw`s birthday, two years ago. I was almost thinking of havinglost this shot. Despite I have not published yet a single post about K.Kuma, my first days here in Tokyo were spent in looking for his works and the Shigeru Ban ones.
This building has rised the level of the pubblic intervention in this crowded area of TOkyo, well known since it is in every guide tour.
It is called the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center and this article is plenty of information and even floor plan and elevations.
As you might already know, putting something like that, which I assure you by proximity is more beatiful than it looks from the pictures, the surroundings are elevated to another level, and whatever intervention will be hosted nearby, it surely needs a sort of confrontation with this landmark. This is one of the most positive consequences of hiring a giant like Kuma to design a building in a central position of your town.
Here is the link from the architectural firm itself with a short list of 6 articles that are writing about it.
Here below some views from the last floor where is located a nice Cafe` bistrot.