5 great examples of modern architecture in Tokyo

1) Prada

Designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, this building really stands out in this area where you can shop for all the luxury brands. Don’t forget to see it from the inside as well. You can also see the Miu Miu shop, designed by the same architects, through the rhomboid-shaped pattern on the façade.

building of Prada in Tokyo

5-2-6 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-Ku

+81 (0)3-6418-0400


2) Maison Hermès

Designed by Renzo Piano, this is the headquarters of Hermes Japon. During the day, the sun shines in through the glass façade, and at night, the same façade glows with the light from within. The Forum, on the eighth floor, hosts contemporary art exhibitions.

Maison Hermès by night

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3) The Iceberg

Designed by Creative Designers International, the Tokyo-based firm of the British architect Benjamin Warner. The concept behind the building’s design is ‘crystal cast out into an urban area’. It looks like an iceberg as the whole surface has a blueish metallic coating.

exterior of The Iceberg

6-12-18 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

4) Akasuka Culture Tourist Information Center

Designed by Kengo Kuma, an internationally- renowned Japanese architect. The building resembles seven tiers of wooden houses. Despite its very modern appearance, it blends in quite harmoniously with the surroundings. There is an observatory terrace on the eighth floor.

Akasuka Culture Tourist Information Center

2-18-9 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku

+81 (0)3-3842-5566


5) Aoyama Technical College

You can study architecture and design at this professional technical college. Building 1 was designed by Makoto Sei Watanabe/ Architect’s Office who won the international competition in 1988. It is sometimes referred to as ‘Gundam Building’, reminding people of the anime series.

Aoyama Technical College

7-9 Uguisudanicho, Shibuya-ku

+81 (0)3-3463-0901


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