Best of Design and Architecture in Tokyo
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Best of Design and Architecture in Tokyo

At COSHAMIE, we love to travel and discover interior and architectural gems, and since Tokyo has been on our list for some time we decided to make the trip finally happen.
Tokyo is one of the most visited cities in the world, with nearly 5 million tourists passing through each year. As a vibrant and modern capital, it has somehow managed to maintain its unique, modern appeal while it continues to honor its ancient culture and traditions. For architects, it is the building designs, both commercial and residential, that encourages them to this special place, because there is really no other place quite like it.

Architecture Tokyo

Architecture Tokyo

Tokyo Plaza opening March 2016

Tokyo Plaza opening March 2016

There is so much to see and experience in Tokyo. Many of the buildings throughout the city seem to be giant pieces of modern art rather than the functional shops or offices they really are. However, these designs are not made to be just beautiful on the outside. The interiors are as amazing as the exteriors. Despite the popular image of the average Japanese citizen as a serious, somber individual, Tokyo architecture reveals the true playful and imaginative style that so many around the country appreciate and desire.

The Norihiko Dan–designed home of Hugo Boss

The Norihiko Dan–designed home of Hugo Boss

Dior Store Tokyo

Dior Store Tokyo

Stella McCartney flagship store - aluminum façade by Takenaka filters.

Stella McCartney flagship store – aluminum façade by Takenaka filters.

In Tokyo there are many buildings similar to those created by the well-noted and native architect Tadao Ando. His designs are luxurious and grand, despite their often simple forms and uncomplicated layouts. This award-winning designer has created hotels, museums and private residences that are as cutting-edge today as they were when they were initially built twenty or more years ago.

21-21 Design Sight by Tadao Ando

21-21 Design Sight by Tadao Ando

Obviously, unique exterior designs draw attention to both the artist who created them, as well as to the businesses, fashion giants or people who occupy the structure. However, it is not enough to be creative, all buildings must also be functional. Comfort, function and style are abundant throughout the city and are not necessarily always perfectly matched in style to their exterior. A busy, almost chaotic exterior may very well lead to a quiet and serene space, while a basic and simple outside may belie the exquisite luxury interior design going on behind its plain walls.

Prada’s boutique in the Aoyama district, designed by Herzog & de Meuron

Prada’s boutique in the Aoyama district, designed by Herzog & de Meuron

Tod's store by Toyo Ito in Tokyo, Omotesando Avenue.

Tod’s store by Toyo Ito in Tokyo, Omotesando Avenue.

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Retail Store with a transparent facade in Tokyo

Retail Store with a transparent facade in Tokyo

There are so many things to do in Tokyo that it seems that taking the time to tour the city just to view its architecture may be abandoned in favor of more traditional activities. If you do make the effort to visit Tokyo this year you should set aside more time to discover the treasures that the city holds. Capturing only a few snapshots of a skyline or at several tourist attractions means that you’ll be missing out on an amazing opportunity to see the best of what the architectural design world has to offer. 

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