Sunday, May 31, 2009
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (or Tocho) was completed in 1991 with a final cost of $1 billion dollars (or 157 billion yen) in public funds. It was designed by Tange Kenzo, the same architect who designed the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Fuji Television Building, St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo. He was definitely influenced by le Corbusier in designing St. Mary's and the Hiroshima Museum, but the style of the Tocho, while distinctly linear and patterned, lacks the smooth and fluid movements that exist in the design of some of his other buildings.
Can you tell I'm a big Kenzo fan?!
I really enjoyed a lot of the details at the Tocho. The repeating "circuitry" pattern is visible throughout the building, from the exterior, to the elevator doors, and even the lighting!
It's really really awesome to see that kind of continuity in a design. I love it.
So I got to go to the top of the North tower, which, despite the rainy day, offered a nice view of the city. In the photo, it looks like Tokyo just fades off into the clouds...
I did a little exploring in & around Shinjuku. Looks like there is a 20 minute wait at Krispy Kreme... Meanwhile, back in the US, hundreds of Krispy Kremes are closing up shop.
It was a pretty good day for me despite the rain. I went back to Shibuya for a spell and hung out in the famous starbucks that overlooks the crossing. I wasn't lucky enough to get a seat, but I was lucky enough to meet some cool people who let me lean in on them to get some shots of those famous crosswalks. We talked about how easy it would be to see a million people in Shibuya. Just sit there for an hour and watch the crosswalks.
I want to apologize for not posting a whole lot as of late, I've been really busy at school and with life-related things. Basically no time for internet... except for the basics. Like checking e-mail, facebook and poupeegirl (it's so addicting!).
My life in Japan is so much more interesting than in the US. It keeps me pretty busy though!
more photos on facebook!