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Mikimoto Ginza Honten

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Building: Mikimoto Ginza Honten

Address: Ginza 2

Location: Tokyo, Chuo-ku, Japan

Architect: Toyo Ito

Structural Engineer: SSC Sasaki Structural Consultants

Interior: Ichiro Nishiwaki Design Office

Lighting Designer: Ushio Spax Co

Contractor: Taisei Corporation

Completion: 2005


AE Interests:  Straight vertical walls with light pink exterior, like a pearl. ­­ Rectangular box looks like skyscraper from afar. The windows (of fractal composition) are bubbles or petal dancing arranged randomly through the building, like Swiss-Cheese­. But some windows are placed at corners (where columns usually are) to emphasize the sophisticated structure. Column-free interior, the building is a tubular structural system without columns, so that the load bearing walls. Formed by two layers of steel panels were interspersed with pins and then with concrete reinforced low viscosity. The slabs of the floors are formed by homogeneous layers 9. The design uses “method of finite element analysis”. Ito wants the user to “look for the technology” and “architecture you can touch and feel because the object is real”, as it is subtle and sewed seamlessly into the building.



Written by Ofek Bruhis

November 6, 2019 at 10:14 am

Posted in Built

Art Tower Mito

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Building: Art Tower Mito

Address: 1-6-8 Goken-chō

Location: Mito, Japan

Architect: Arata Isozaki & Associates

Structural Engineer: ATM Structural Design

Acoustic Engineer: Nagata Acoustics


1.Taisei Corporation

2.Takenaka Corporation

3.Totetsu Kogyo Co., Ltd., Akui Corporation

Completion: 1990


AE Interests: Built for 100th year anniversary of Mito becoming a city. 100 meter tower is composed of spiraling titanium panel units, forming 28 tetrahedrons and 57 isosceles triangles.  Titanium was chosen because it is highly resistance to corrosion and weathering. Built to last. First titanium skyscraper in japan!


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Written by Ofek Bruhis

November 6, 2019 at 10:13 am

Posted in Built

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

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Building: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

Address: 4 Chome-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya City

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Architect: NAP/Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co., Ltd

Structural Design:  S.R.C + R.C. + S Structure

Structural Engineer: Takenaka Corporation

Construction: Takenaka Corporation

Completion: 2012


AE Interests: The idea of the space was to maximize the value of space for it cannot be replicated through online shopping. A Kaleidoscope-like Entrace tube makes the ride up through the escalators an unforgettable experience. Polygonal panels, as well as contributing to form, absorb seismic movement in desperate measures.


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Written by Ofek Bruhis

November 6, 2019 at 10:13 am

Posted in Built