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Foster + Partners:Architecture, Urbanism, Innovation 「 フォスター+パートナーズ展:都市と建築のイノベーションのデザイン/MAM」

International architecture and design studio Foster + Partners, is holding their first large-scale exhibition at the Mori Art Museum. Foster + Partners was founded in the late 60’s by architect Norman Foster, and since then they have completed more than 300 projects in 45 countries around the world, like the Great Court at the British Museum (UK), the London headquarters of Swiss Re (known locally as The Gherkin) and the Reichstag in Berlin, among other well-known sleek office buildings. In Tokyo, they created the Century Tower in Bunkyo-ku (that’s the first building on the photo on the left) Inspired on the studio’s main themes: “tradition and the future” and “humans and the environment”, the exhibition tells Foster’s story by featuring the most representative projects built by the studio. Beautiful models, videos, computer graphics and sketches and even furniture all together give you an idea of his incredible career. You can also see how Foster was influenced by British engineer and philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller through an important collaboration over a long period. For half of a century, Fuller developed many ideas, designs and inventions, particularly regarding practical, inexpensive shelter and transportation and …

Frank Gehry in Tokyo 「フランク・ゲーリー展」

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry is holding two great exhibitions at Espace Louis Vuitton and 21_21 Design Sight Museum “The Fondation Louis Vuitton Building”  in Espace Louis Vuitton, focuses mainly on Gehry’s concept of the foundation as a “grand sailing ship symbolizing France’s deep sense of cultural mission”.  You can see from the first sketches to the completed building (photo below) Gehry is well-known for his bold shapes and unusual fabrications. He generally uses materials such as corrugated metal and this gives his designs an unfinished raw look and his consistently recognisable aesthetic. Espace Louis Vuitton shows the process of construction of “The Foundation” through architectural models and videos showing the diverse range of state-of-the-art technologies used through the completion of the building. And 21_21 Design Sight is holding  “Architect Frank Gehry: I have an Idea”.  Also focused on Gehry’s construction process, from the starting point of the idea, his amazing collection of his sketches, his intricate compositions of challenging forms and his extensive architectural models at multiple scales. His architectural models are made with different materials like scraps of paper glued and taped together, cardboards, felt, metal, wood and even cloth. And they …

Toranomon Hills 「虎ノ門 ヒルズ」

Toranomon Hills is Tokyo’s newest landmark. Located in Toranomon, the complex has restaurants and shops, residence units, offices, a luxury hotel and a spectacular green area. Toranomon Hills has a logo made of four black vertical bars forming a letter “M” (and also resembling the “門” Kanji of the Toranomon name) and it also has a mascot called Toranomon (トラのもん) inspired by the Japanese manga character Doraemon. Cool shops, cafes and restaurants And amazing contemporary art. Zhan Wang‘s new artwork “Universe 29” at the office entrance lobby designed by Casappo & Associates. “Untying Space” by Sun Kwak on 2F and 3F And my favorite… open spaces with extensive greenery ! It’s worth paying a visit. ❤ Toranomon Hills 23 Toranomon 1 chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Closest Station: Ginza Line Toranomon station (5 minutes walk via exit 1),  Hibiya Line Kamiyacho station (6 minutes walk via exit 3), Chiyoda/Marunouchi/Hibiya Lines Kasumigaseki station (8 minutes walk via exit A12) Mita Line Uchisaiwaicho station (8 minutes walk via exit A3)   All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. …

Sunny Hills 「サニーヒルズ スイーツ・ケーキ/南青山」

Sunny Hills, a brand that specializes in pineapple cakes, asked Kengo Kuma to come up with a shop design that would mirror the company’s trademark pineapple cakes. So the architect developed a shop modeled on a well-crafted bamboo basket. “Our aim was to create a forest in the busy city centre,” said Kengo Kuma. “We studied how lighting states would change in a day in the woods, and came up with a shape like a basket.” The building is located in middle of the residential area in Aoyama but somehow this structure of entwined wood feels right at home. Inside “Sunny Hills”, you’re greeted with a cup of green tea and their delicious pineapple cakes.  Wander around this beautiful building.   Technical info: Design architecture: Kengo Kuma & Associates, Structure: Jun Sato Structural Engineering, Facilities: Kankyo Engineering, Construction: Satohide Corporation, Location: Minami Aoyama 3-10-20 Minato-ku Tokyo Japan, Site Area: 175.69 sqm, Building Area: 102.36 sqm, Total Floor Area: 293.00 sqm, No. of Floors: BF1, 1F, 2F, RF, Structure: reinforced concrete, partially timber, Primary use: Store (retail), Client: Sunny Hills Japan If you’re interested …

An Autumn Stroll 「Nezu Museum – 根津美術館」

Fall in Tokyo is beautiful. Warm sunny days perfect for long walks and foamy hot cappuccinos. Visit the Nezu Museum to take a stroll along its enchanting garden dressed in green, red and gold.    Click here if you’d like to read about the Museum’s history and see how the garden looks in Summer    ❤ How to get there (map via Nezu Museum) 6-5-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Closest station: Omotesando (Chiyoda, Ginza and Hanzomon, Exit A5 or B3) Open Hours: 10 am to 5 pm (entrance closes at 4:30 pm, Close on Mondays), Entrance Yen 1,000 – Official website: http://www.nezu-muse.or.jp  Please give credit where credit is due. Link to all photos, posts, etc. Play nice! ❤