TOKYO – Skip Tokyo’s lame attempts at phallic-like, big-n-tall structures (e.g., Tokyo Tower and the Municipal Government Buildings). Where the city really excels is in the architectural form; and integrating it artistically and functionally with its surroundings. Okay, that may sound like a bit much but if you’re into structure and design, Tokyo certainly has it’s share of must-see modern architecture: Jean Nouvel’s sublime Dentsu headquarters in Shiodome; Tadao Ando’s sleek 21 21 Design Space in Tokyo Mid-Town (skip his disappointing Omotesando Hills); Kisho Kurokawa’s magnificent National Tokyo Art Center in Roppongi; and Herzog and de Meuron’s crystal cube enclosed Prada store, and Toyo Ito’s criss-crossed concrete Tod’s store, both on Omotesando.
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Photos: Gary Fong
Author: Gary Fong