Yodobashi Church, by Takada Architects ( 髙田博章建築設計), 2 post of 2 (1999)

This post is the second one since I found more pictures in my hard disk.

I think they are interesting and they worth a second look because they describe better how the roof is constructed, the concept which is quiet similar to a roman Arc. Also the basement floor with his lower height, and the baptismal font is remarkable.


off topic. April the 25th, in Italy is  a national holiday that celebrate the end of world war two. Here it is a great music piece from an Italian musician that helps to remember it.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Goverment Office Complex, by Tadasu Ohe (大江匡) (Plantec) , (1996)


Ikebukuro, Tokyo Goverment Office Complex

If one day you`ll be walking near the Metropolitan Theatre at the West Exit of Ikebukuro station it is likely you are going to notice this building for two factors:

the colour and the shape.

Probably back in those days there was more choices than today when it came to design the skin of a building. I do not know how long this building will stand more. It is worth give it a smile than.

From the Architect website, we can learn the projects which were signed by his hands. His profile seems not been updated unless he became a member of a Japanese Institution after 2011 and his awarded renovation in Nanba station (Osaka),  here a video-link.

He is been teaching regularly at Nihon University and at Waseda University. Here below the same building, much inserted in the surrounding.


Wacca – Ikebukuro by Kume Sekkei, Aug 2014

waccaIkebukuroThas it the first floor of this recent mall, located in East Ikebukuro exit, here is the link for the whole building design. One post called the The Center for Universal Design, NC State University, for a study of the minimal space but I am not sure if this University was involved or not….

Despite his reduced perimeter it was a nice stroll.

Here a link to a nice pictures set for the kitchen live inside the Mall.

Here a japanese  blogger was following the construction. Here is the link of the big firm website.

Below more pictures I took.


Edo Museum, (江戸博物館)by Y. Kikkutake, 1993.

It is likely you have seen this building before in some Architecctural books about Tokyo.

Edo Museum

History of Tokyo Museum


Not me. When I first came to Japan I did not know who was Kikkutake and the metabolism (!).  This is secondary because maybe you even did not like it, butI am sure you like what is inside and I put in the Gallery below. It is so fascinating that I went there two times, and I am planning to go even more.

The name of the Museum in japanese is Edo Hakubutsukan, which means the Museum of Edo (the former name of Tokyo). It contains severl interesting things and displays the old style life of japnese i nTokyo. I think there is also a library for researchers…so amazing! Here it is the Official website.Here below a view from the back

Edo Museum

Than another view from the front

Edo Museum

In case you missed it, the shape is clearly derived from a traditional japanese warrior helmet, there some similarities with a less famous building I alread wrote about in this post. It was a martial art hall.


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Oazo, near Tokyo station, by MItsubishi Architects Office ( 三菱地所設計) 1998, and Yamashita Sekkei and Nikken Sekkei

20150307_173637Oasis, a wanderful word, translated in Esperanto sounds Oazo! That is the Idea. This is the atrium of a complex of three skyscrapers owned by Mitsibushi Real Estate so it is not clear to me who did what.

I am sure if I were able to perfectly read  Japanese, here, I would know exactly who did it.

Here below some more pictures.