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Old November 17th, 2010, 10:34 PM   #321
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A couple of my Tokyo videos shot from the elevated highways:



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Old July 5th, 2011, 01:47 PM   #322
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Old September 17th, 2011, 03:12 AM   #323
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I was wondering why and how do the skyscrapers of Tokyo and Japan have really large floor areas, especially compared to those in other countries like in Europe?
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Old September 18th, 2011, 05:11 AM   #324
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I was wondering why and how do the skyscrapers of Tokyo and Japan have really large floor areas, especially compared to those in other countries like in Europe?
Real estate in Japan, especially central Tokyo, is astronomically expensive. In order to maximize available space, skyscrapers in Japan are usually giant rectangular boxes. Think about it: if you own a building in an expensive place like Japan you want to maximize profits i.e. offer the greatest amount of floor space possible. Box shaped buildings are the best solution.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 02:12 AM   #325
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Real estate in Japan, especially central Tokyo, is astronomically expensive. In order to maximize available space, skyscrapers in Japan are usually giant rectangular boxes. Think about it: if you own a building in an expensive place like Japan you want to maximize profits i.e. offer the greatest amount of floor space possible. Box shaped buildings are the best solution.
Why is Tokyo land so expensive compared to new York?
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 08:44 PM   #326
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Why is Tokyo land so expensive compared to new York?
Tokyo has more people in less space than New York
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Old October 3rd, 2011, 12:23 PM   #327
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Why is Tokyo land so expensive compared to new York?
Greater Tokyo density: 2,516/km2 (6,516/sq mi)
Metro NYC density: 720.1/km2 (1,865/sq mi)

At the height of the bubble crisis 20 years ago, it was said that the land the Imperial Palace sits on was worth more than the entire state of California.
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Old October 9th, 2011, 05:59 PM   #328
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I always heard it as being worth the country of Canada but maybe that was the same thing at the time.
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Old October 9th, 2011, 06:06 PM   #329
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That Asakusa tourist building looks very interesting. Although I am really fond of the faded glory/past it's prime vibe of the area, it is probably time for a little bit of development there.
I'm not hte biggest fan of the Kabuki-za building. The current building is great. Attending performances there was great.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 07:19 AM   #330
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I love this city, the pictures are very nice...
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Old February 29th, 2012, 08:23 AM   #331
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Real estate in Japan, especially central Tokyo, is astronomically expensive. In order to maximize available space, skyscrapers in Japan are usually giant rectangular boxes. Think about it: if you own a building in an expensive place like Japan you want to maximize profits i.e. offer the greatest amount of floor space possible. Box shaped buildings are the best solution.
Could another consideration be a bulkier building can better withstand earthquakes due to its shape?
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Old May 6th, 2012, 01:01 AM   #332
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Kengo Kuma & Associates completed new hotel in Japan

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Old July 5th, 2012, 10:37 PM   #333
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Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
Design Team: Kengo Kuma, Teppei Fujiwara, Masafumi Harigai, Okayama Naoki, Kiyoaki Takeda, Masaru Shuku, Erina Kuryu, Hiroaki Saito
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 234.13 sqm
Site Area: 326.23 sqm
Photographs: Takeshi Yamagishi

In the corner premise of just 326㎡ across Kaminari-mon Gate, the building was required to accommodate plural programs such as tourist information center, conference room, multi-purpose hall and an exhibition space.

The center extends Asakusa’s lively neighborhood vertically and piles up roofs that wrap different activities underneath, creating a “new section” which had not existed in conventional layered architecture. Equipments are stored in the diagonally shaped spaces born between the roof and the floor, and by this treatment we could secure large air volume despite its just average height for high-and medium-rise buildings. Furthermore, the roofs not only divide the structure into 8 one-storied houses but also determine the role of each floor. First and second floor has an atrium and in-door stairs, creating a sequence from which you can feel the slope of the two roofs. On 6th floor, taking advantage of the slanted roof, we were able to set up a terraced floor with which the entire room can function as a theater. As angles of the roofs inclined toward Kaminari-mon and the heights from the ground vary from floor to floor, each floor relates differently to the outside, giving a unique character to each space.

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Old July 6th, 2012, 11:55 AM   #334
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Very Nice Design!

Kengo Kuma/隈研吾 is among one of the few outstanding architects really know how to integrate traditional East Asian Craft technologies/aesthetics into modern designs.
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I love Beijing ChaoyangMen, Rising Skyscrapers beyond it!


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Old July 6th, 2012, 12:04 PM   #335
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I love the increased use of wood in new developments. I approve. Everybody loves wood.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 09:45 AM   #336
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Sunwell Muse Kitasando

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Architects: Takato Tamagami Architectural Design
Location: Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Masaya Yoshimura
Project Area: 221.0 sqm
Total Floor Area: 992


This is a building of a textile planning and trading company which handles the entire process from the production to retail.

The site is well located on the corner plot near the fashionable city “Harajuku”. The client had been focusing on female apparel business, so the concept of our building design which is a metaphor of female beauty was suitable for them to put across their corporate identity.

The components that characterizes this architecture are the two curved surface walls which dominate the entire space.

These two walls form a shortcut path which connects the roads in front of each side of the corner plot. This path which looks like a narrow alley or the bottom of a ravine leads visitors inside the building, to the event hall in the basement and the showrooms on the first and second floors.

The curves used in the elevation surfaces on the north side and the east side represent those of a female body.

The graceful curved surface walls were created by connecting the curves with a straight line.

These curved walls are used as a motif of this architecture, and you can see them not only in the façade but also in the internal spaces on each floor.





































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我爱北京朝阳门,朝阳门外高楼起!

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I love Beijing ChaoyangMen, Rising Skyscrapers beyond it!


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Old September 1st, 2012, 12:57 PM   #337
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Edogawa Garage Club Renovation / Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

Architects: Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates
Location: Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozu
Project Area: 84.7 sqm
Site Area: 231.57 sqm
Total Floor Area: 165.00 sqm

Ribbons of wave-like perforated steel form a mask, the second façade of this old warehouse. Colour variations highlighted by light changes produce unexpected chequered patterns as well as silver and gold toning enhancing the façade’s versatile nature.

Concept #1

It is a repair plan of the old warehouse in Tokyo. A theme is the following.

Environment: avoid CO2 discharge called demolition and new building, and reuse the existing building.
Place nature: produce the design used as the core of the scene formation based on regionality.

The following things were done in order to attain it. In order to secure the available light and natural ventilation from a window at the same time it prevents the invader from the outside, the building was covered by the steel plate panel which made the hole and which carried out special processing. Strength of structure was secured by attaching checkered unevenness to a panel. Moreover, the building is kept from becoming dirty from one-sheet one panel also inserting in a corner portion, and cutting rain. This design acts sensitively in union natural environment which changes every moment, such as light, air, empty, and begins to make a beautiful expression just like the ripples of a surface of a river.

Concept #2

It lives in a city and does not feel a sensitive change natural for people who work. No, isn’t it impossible?
If it goes to woods, change of a wind will be felt to sound. If it goes to the sea, an empty color will be felt by the eye. The architecture which catches such a natural sensitive change is aimed at. This small, small project is such one challenge.

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Old September 5th, 2012, 11:19 AM   #338
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Clover House / Toru Kudo + architecture WORKSHOP

Architects: Toru Kudo + architecture WORKSHOP
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Design Team: Toru Kudo, KohKitayama, Yukiko Yamamoto
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano
Project Area: 671.13 sqm
Structural Engineer: EJIRI Structural Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Sou Consultants

This is a housing complex that consists of two owner-occupied units and seven leased units. An unusual residential district in a metropolitan area, there are no buildings adjacent to the island-like site. The architecture here was conceived as a freestanding object with a standard leasing plan, and an exterior shape defined by daylight and setback regulations.

While open toward the surroundings, off-the-shelf perforated folded sheets were used as a screen over the whole facade to mediate the residential spaces, making a moderately closed, protective residence. While containing residences through which soft light passes, it retains the impression of a simple exterior: architecture as scenery. The name “clover house” was chosen due to the plan being divided into three towers.

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Old September 16th, 2012, 02:21 PM   #339
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Rest Villa Funabori / Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

Architects: Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates
Location: Edogawa-Ku Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Jun’ichi Ito, Naoko Ito
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozumi
Project Area: 4569.01 sqm
Collaborate Architect: Kaoru Yuzawa
Structure Design: Jo Ko, Yoichi Chiba, Katsuyoshi Takano
Equipment Design: Akio Chiku, Yoshihiro Kimura, Makoto Mukuo

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Old September 16th, 2012, 06:29 PM   #340
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What a clean and healthier area Edogawa !!!
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