Kitte, キッテ near Tokyo Station – amazing view, interior design by Kengo Kuma


We have seen this place advertised on national japanese Television, and also there was an article on the main japanese Architectural Magazine for shops (see shotenkenchiku).

 

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I remember when I first came here it was under construction or renovation, the JP tower, which is indeed a stunning feature of 200 metres.

The surrounding of the Tokyo Station are the most luxurios, elegant and raffinated buildings of Tokyo, because streets are large, and you can breath the space. The skyscrapers are marvellous, thus I really enjoyed been there on Sunday. The difference with the place where I cam from is quite simmple. Anyone cannot think of spending a Sunday in the proximity of an Italian Station unless you are a thief or a beggar! They are the worst places you can see in Italy…

The tower included an original post office from 1931, it was actually the central post Office of the city, and it is the white building that seems today the pedestal of the tower.

IMGP1873The interior wood was a surprise as well the view of the Station just as front neighbour.

Tetsuro Yoshida,, in 1930 was the designer of the Postal Office. The present tower surely had a long difficult process, and that was done by the Mitsubishi Group (三菱地所設計) which I believe is entitled of some huge properties in that area, it is orignally a bank and maybe nowadays has a firm with hundreds of architects.

About the Mal I let the images speaks. I would add just a note about a difect, I think they would correct in the future. They did not think enough a space to let play the children. We had to get out and let our son run on the premises of the japanese Emperor who lives not far from there. The terrace would have been perfect, they have to be less japanese (…) I mean, get ridof all signs saying forbidden going to the grass and so on…We play with the ball anyway!

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and here below a mixture of the skyline from there….something happened in my camera! It is maybe time to replace it)

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Nanno building,  Omotesando Harajuku 原宿 表参道 by unknown architect


this was a strange facade, one would never find in Italy for sure.

 

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It seems to me is referring the tradition of japanes shadows and light. It  was exactly  the same feeling I have got .

On a different preception, it is a kind of erotic feeling, and it might be even kinky as the galvanized iron is normally used for cheap fences but here it is for the whole wall.

the erotic is clearly derived from the unhidden but hidden, seen and not seen attitude.

The area is densed populated with all sort of extravaganza, people tends to act as teenager in theese surroundings, behaves here as if they were always in search of new things.

This building is quite knew, I dare to say it is less than 2 years old.

I have shot a picture on the door  saying Nanno building, from which I took the title of the post.

You can find it from the main Omotesando street, walking upward you turn left at the corner

with Polo Ralph Laren flagship`s shop-bulding walking  straight until the shops fade away.

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It is quite a residence, in this enviable spot of Tokyo. Indeed a expensive car was parked well hidden inside.  It is normal to hide richness in Japan, more obvious than in Europe or USA. Traditionally, as you may know,  it was considered a virtue not showing the affluence.

In case somebody knows who designed the house I`ll be happy to add the architect`s firm name in this post.

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a cracked building in Ebisu, by unknown architect (before 1990)


2014-09-07 16.43.39This building is an enchanting project everybody can see turning their head on the left while boarding to Ebisu from Shibuya station. That is the reason I was always wanted to see it closer than from Yamanote’s window, where I first noticed.

Here is a beautiful blog plenty of interesting exterior offices pictures. Unfortuntaely this building is prior than 90ieas thus it is not simple to find the designer, any help would be appreciated. The only track that could lead at something like this would be the name of Edward Suzuki, who did some analogies, here one pic of his. The project designer might be a disciple or a pupil. Surely mr.Gehry would be happy .

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Acquarium, Tokyo sea park、Yoshio Taniguchi、 1989 葛西臨海水族園


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We spend the evening at the terrace of this acquarium, which incredibly was open untill 8.00 pm two nights in a row within a year!

Let me tell you just one difference with Western world. The potential of this place, in every southern part of Europe, would be stay open every night until 2.00 am with thousands of people enjoying the adorable view of the sea.

IMGP1414The fact that we could drink a beer play with our kid, and having relax time outdoor was only an exceptional event in their calendar. This is not a complaint, is just a wake up call!

We need those places in Tokyo! This is just on the border with Chiba prefecture, and a bit far from the majority of tokyo busy spots, but it is unique. I bet most people would carry the burden to get there.

They did a short pictures show for their 25th anniverrsary. Here the website.

This post follows that one about Kasai Rinkai Koen, because the architect is the same, here their website.

Please check out this enchanting video on the web, better than all my pictures. Here the wiki voice for the acquarium in japanese.

Here below some of my modest pictures, but if you` d like to, there is a professional photographer, Kokyu Miwa, who did it at its best here.

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