KouTou-Ku, Toyosu, Civic Center, 江東区豊洲地ㇱビックセンター, just opened or next month? by…unknown architect.


I would like to enter one of these days to se those 15500 square metres that are hosting libraries,

cultural center and  so on.

Recently an Italian architect firm has been awarded of an international prize for the best skyscraper, name is Bosco verticale, here it is the link of the prize association called (International High Rise Awards). The japanese are catching up. They were beyond all the others with their respect of the nature, and their traditional but it seems the concrete has sucked all their money and they had good reason for that (see earthquake). Even so,  I think , from now on, anything with green features will likely to be highly assessed than before, as a immediate consequence of the prize.

So what about this Civic Center whom project is already 2 years old according this pdf of the Koto municipality.

The roof seems a garden and they did this very uncommon touch for those exposed beams looking like wooden trussese.


I am not sure if they are or not, but the effect is lookable.

Unfortunately I have not found the architect`s firm name, by now. I will ask at the office. 🙂











the Fashion City by Kenzo Tange, 1996, Odaiba (Tokyo)

IMGP2674There no place in Tokyo that did not get an influence by Tange`s work and Odaiba itself was one of Tange future vision; thus it is not surprising viewing here some of his works, like the eccentric Fuji Tv building in one of my previous work and this rather neat kolossal city of Fashion.

more pictures here and here

and other 56 pictures here,! THis is not a hiddden place.

for those who would like to go in seek of Tange works, this website has a reasoned list of his works.

eventually I know this is a poor post. so I add this link to help you to understand what is important and what is not. I amquite sure if you have fiveminutes to read it you`ll be happier .

Here is an interesting article about his work in Europe, particularly in Skopje, Macedonia

Ariake no oka national base, for region-wide disaster Prevention, Headquarters building (有明の丘基幹的広域防災拠点施設)、by Nikken Sekkei, 2010


I liked the semplicity and elegance of this public building.

here is the official link of their site. There is a large park behind and aside of the building which is called Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park. We were there during the day of the Tokyo Marathon 2015 since the end line was near, in Odaiba.

IMGP2649from a post that opens a pdf, a University seemes related to that building.

The architectural company is well known around the world since it is the bigger in Japan.IMGP2672 The building has also a green roof quite amusing.

Tokyo bay court club, by John David Edison, Odaiba (Tokyo), 2007

Recently I was near to see the Watanabe`s work and on the opposite side of the bridge there were two towers connected from the top to combine one unified skycraper which always hits the horizon line of a tourist who arrives to Odaiba by monorail train (Yurikamome line). Wikipedia says it is only 100.5 metres tall. It seems more than that however I am not going to argue with them.

IMGP2678It is called Tokyo Bay court club, highly reserved in the luxury field. The designer is a world famous firm to that level. From their website you can have a look of the style of the rooms and all the project they did all around the world, actually only the wealthier part of the world that probably can afford their bills! They called Trusty Hotel, there must be two different luxury organizations in the same body, it would fits well.

Needless to add anything else.

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Harumi Passenger Terminal , 1991 – (晴海客船ターミナル) by Minoru Takeyama (竹山実)- on a Island in the Tokyo bay -from Toyosu to Odaiba


from Toyosu, taking the boat to Odaiba. I thought that was an incinerator plant but is not, it is actually a passenger terminal. Here a beautiful picture. The architect is an international from a founder generation (born in 1934, here the wikipedia voice,) and here it is his official website. I am surprised my blog meets him for the very first time only today after two years of posting. He is or he was a University teacher both in Japan (Musashino Art University) and in U.S.A. (illinois) and he is partof the AIA (American Institute Association).

He projected some iconic places here in Tokyo, like Shibuya 109 – I never been inside though! –

After it goes under a bridge, named Rainbow bridge but I am not sure about it


Here below the list of Universities where he has taught

  • Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic, 2006
  • University of Illinois, Ubana-Champaign, 1989-90 (Plym Distinguish Professor)
  • Harvard University, Spring Semester, 1987
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1986, 1979, 1978, 1977
  • National University of Singapore, 1983
  • University of Hong Kong, 1981
  • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 1979
  • Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1962-1963