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Top Choice Notable Building in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Tokyo’s seat of power, designed by Tange Kenzō and completed in 1991, looms large and looks somewhat like a pixelated cathedral (or the lair of an animated villain). Take an elevator from the ground floor of Buildin…
Architecture in West Tokyo

Reversible Destiny Lofts

Designed by husband and wife Arakawa Shūsaku (1936–2010) and Madeleine Gins (1941–2014) and completed in 2005, this housing complex certainly strikes against the mould: Created 'in memory of Helen Keller' the nine u…
Notable Building in Harajuku & Aoyama

Kawaii Monster Cafe

Lurid colours, surrealist installations and out-of-this world costumes – this is the vision of Sebastian Masuda, stylist to pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who designed this new cafe. It's an embodiment of the now-reign…
Architecture in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Myōnichikan

Lucky are the girls who attended the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed 'School of the Free Spirit' (Jiyū Gakuen; 自由学園). Built in 1921, Myōnichikan functioned as the school's main structure until the 1970s. After restorati…
Architecture in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Tokyo International Forum

This architectural marvel designed by Rafael Viñoly houses a convention and arts centre, with eight auditoriums and a spacious courtyard in which concerts and events are held. The eastern wing looks like a glass shi…
Architecture in Harajuku & Aoyama

Spiral Building

The asymmetrical, geometric shape of architect Maki Fumihiko's Spiral Building (1985) may not look very sinuous on the outside, but the name will make more sense upon entry. The patchwork, uncentred design is a nod …
Architecture in Asakusa & Sumida River

Super Dry Hall

Also known as Asahi Beer Hall, the headquarters of the brewery was designed by Philippe Starck and completed in 1989 and remains one of the city's most distinctive buildings. The tower, with its golden glass facade …
Notable Building in West Tokyo

Nakano Broadway

This vintage 1960s shopping mall – at the end of the equally vintage Nakano Sun Mall covered arcade – helped cement Nakano's reputation as an underground Akihabara. It's filled with small shops aimed at collectors o…
Architecture in Ginza & Tsukiji

Nakagin Capsule Tower

A Facebook campaign has been started by some residents and fans to save Kurokawa Kishō's early-1970s building, which is a seminal work of Metabolist architecture. The tower's self-contained pods, which can be remove…
Architecture in Harajuku & Aoyama

Prada Aoyama

Of course you could shop here, but you can also ogle the gorgeous, convex glass bubbles of the exterior. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron in 2003, this is one of Aoyama's sexier organic-looking structures – and th…