5 buildings by Tadao Ando in Tokyo
1) 21_21 Design Sight
Here people can broaden their understanding of design. The space is located in the Midtown Garden, right next to Hinokicho Park. You will somehow be inspired during your visit. In spring, you can also enjoy the cherry blossoms here.
2) Omotesando Hills
This building does not really look that special from the outside. Step inside, however, and you will soon be fascinated by its spiral ramp. This shopping centre was built on a wedge-shaped strip of land, forcing Ando to make the most of the land’s features.
3) La Collezione
Built in 1989, this building consists of three cubes and one circular cylinder. Walking inside of the building, you may feel like as if you are lost in a maze but you will be amazed at the amount of daylight. La Collezione is a multipurpose event space, which hosts press conferences and parties.
4) Tokyo Art Museum
This museum of fine arts, design and architecture opened in 2004 as part of an urban planning project in Sengawa. The area, about a five-minute walk from the station, is known as ‘Sengawa Ando Street’ and has several buildings designed by Ando.
5) Bank Gallery
The building is located on ‘Cat Street’, a shopping street in Harajuku. It stands out because of its shape. It was originally built for Giorgio Armani’s interior design showroom, but is now used as an events space, which mainly hosts art exhibitions.
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