I have long been a contemporary architecture enthusiast. Because I live in Japan, I have many opportunities to experience excellent, creative design, since this country is a leader in the field. The Japanese were actually well positioned to be an architectural leader. They have had a strong economy, despite the long recession. Though traditional in many ways, Japanese society is very future-oriented. Because of their advanced technological know-how, they are able to manifest a wide range of design concepts. In addition to their dedication to a high level of quality, they are inventive and highly experimental by nature. Finally, they are committed to architecture as an art form, and are willing to fund cutting-edge projects.
I am posting the following photos as part of my plan to to build an archive of exceptional buildings in this blog.
- Vinoly’s Tokyo International Forum Building
- Recently torn down: Takamatsu Shin's Kirin Plaza in Osaka.