the underground path to the emperor Palace

I thought it would be nice to visit again the East garden of the emperor Palace in Tokyo. On my way to exit 13b of Ootemachi station wihch is poorest signaled coming from Marounochi line, I noticed quite renovation ongoing, probably following the Tokyo station mayor works.

The path and the quality of work was on primary level, probably work of major Japanese Companies who are tangled with landlords over there (Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei?).


On the right the stone, granite, is alternated on smooth and natural surface.

I underlined graphically the rhythm the path with thin red lines.

On the left, I used the blue thin lines, the different scheme of advertising screens. To note the refined touch on the ceiling where the two paths are detached and do not join each others.

At the end of the path, a nice full crystal elevator was an option to raise to the street level.



Koizumi Showroom, by P.Eisenman, 1990

One more time I was surprised to find a building design by such a foreigner in many sense, here in Tokyo.


Koizumi is a Japanese brand, now mainly known for lighting fixtures and the building could be its main office in Tokyo. There is a showroom at the ground and basement level. Unfortunately it was closed that day, probably a monday.

The building looked like it was freshly repainted.

Eisenmann is a strong Architectural theorician, the deconstructivist pioneer in USA, and notably one of the most known (Here the website page dedicated to this work) .

I stumbled upon Eisenman notably in two different ways, and surely not walking by those whereabouts. One was by studying the MOOC class, of Harward University on, still open, and free. It is worth noticing that the Harward architectural class is very close to philosophy more than they would admit.

The second time happened while I was reading a book written by an Italian researcher, Arturo Tedeschi, called Algorithm Aided Design, dedicated to Grasshopper. as pag 17, it shows an Eisenman diagram from House IV, Falls Village, Connecticut (1971).

The question is open, did Eisenman leave any traces in Tokyo but this building? Its diagrammatic style is nowadays presented in many architectural presentations (See BIG book hot to cold) nowadays.

Here they already changed the external color, in the previous bloggers there was a pink and blue sides that now are disappeared into a monotone white.

One day I have to write something about the emerging conflict between the lively colors and the current Japanese trend. Some in fact may wrongly think that the actual distaste to…. anything different than grey , belongs to the Japanese culture.

Far from there the true stands.

Speaking about grey, interesting enough to report. it is the contrast of Architecture positions between Eisenmann and the Swiss, P.Zumthor which is considered as well as the american, a master in its own role. Eisenmann declares he is not interested in details, and to exemplifies what are they details for him, he points to the work of mr.Zumthor.

More than that, between 1966 and 1972, abstraction went out, he says with regret in this 2015 University lecture.

By far the most evocative and successful work of mr. Eisenmann is the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, which is totally grey…!

Yep, it is another architectural short circuit.

Milan, Italy-Torre Arcobaleno

Since the Architectural company has offices and clients not only in Italy but also in Kyoto,

I love to share their video about a renovation of a small tower in Milan, very effective.

Here is the video.

Rainbow Tower from Point of View on Vimeo.


Miu Miu, Miyuki Street (Omotesando), by Herzog de Meuron

20160312_170000My wife asked me: but what is it?

After waking around, help me taking some pictures she could not see the sense of the whole design. That is why I have chosen this shot. I imagine you have already seen the pictures of this new shop for Miu Miu, which is a brand for costume jewelry handbags, shoes and whatever women desire.

When the shop opened, probably late 2015, pictures were bouncing on the web like ping pong balls. They have a very good Public Relation Office indeed.

In case you missed here the exact spot on google maps, already, visible.

To me it is something like a giant handbag, that is why the exterior front facade is just one piece, like a folding part of any bag. The interior skin is unique, like the leather, a vintage , a brocade archdaily call it. To those who are not familiar with the Tokyo inner topography, it is worth notice that the store is just in front of the Prada, from the same designer and belonging to the same owner.

Also Takenaka Corporation is confirming itself as a leader when it comes to build sophisticated projects.

Dezeen also wrote about it.

Design Boom also, il Sole24OreArchitect magazineWallpaper, urdesign,

the most interesting post is from the London design journal as it has some contest and original observation about it.

I feel like this post is redundant to the whole world wide web. My shot is not needed my words neither, perdon me I was just walking there going towar the Nezu museum which I found closing at 17.30…next time.

The official architecture firm web site.


Urban Research, by Kleim Ditham, March 2015- Harajuku-Shibuya-Omotesando

The store I wanted to post is here.

The Dytham family web site instead is here.

So this post is without picture since It seems I finished the space on this blog, Will be the last?


In the meantime I decided to switch to japanese and take this as a benchmark.

For those of you who doesn`t read japanese at all…I am sorry the story ends here.

For those who wants to keep watching pictures of Tokyo, here it goes the link in japanese, hosted by wordpress again.

First post I wrote was about a museum, designed by Nihon Sekkei, (which means japanese architectture….what lack of fantasy for naming a company!) a week or so ago.

Yes japanese sometimes call things without a title.

Many times I asked my wife, how this recipe is it called, and replies were like this:

“meat and potato”, “fish and salt”, “eggs and bread”….

Would you compare those title to the Italians names such as “Spaghetti alla carbonara”, or “Lasagna”, or “Coniglio alla cacciatora”…it is not just the taste of the food. Japanese dishes could be delicious as the Italian ones. It is that we like telling stories.

When a plate has a made up title, it contains already a story…why that title you ask yourself? And you already get caught in the spirit of the Italia Cuisine…because an Italian would immediately become happy to start a conversation even if he doesn`t know why that is called Lasagna…because that let us be social which means for Us debate, deny, oppose, agree, love and hate.

We don`t call our dishes in such ways…japanese simply don`t have that.

My japanese writing would be even worst than my english I am sure about it, however it has to be a way to improve it, the only sure way is doing it…a big Hug to those of the 87 architecture lovers are currently following this blog I am to lose!!! See you! It is plenty of english writing about Japanese architecture.

Some books I am to read are:

Kevin Nute, a professor from Oregon, wrote : Place Time and Being in Japanese Architecture

Azby Brown, an associate Professor of Architecture at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, wrote a book about the reconstruction of ancient japanese Temple in Nara, The genius of Japanese Architecture. (1995)

for Wood cratft Lovers, there is a precious handbook, by Christopher Schwarz, the Workbench design book: The Art & Philosophy of building better benches.

The ancient Conder`s book, republished in 2002, Landscape Gardening in Japan, is still a good and fashinating read.

If you read French, you`ll be happy to read about the Metabolism, in a book wrote by Charles Jencks, an architecture`s critics,

called Mouvements modernes en architecture…a bit old, no doubt you can find something else in English, but I doubt you`ll find something with that touch.

Within the pages of book written by Koolhaus or Deplazes are cool insights about the japanese contemporaries, their gold and dark sides. Be sure to read only Koolhaus and not listen him as his English speaking is worst than mine…


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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