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RX1 ∣ Tokyo ∣ 03

±0 Showroom in Harajuku.  

±0 Showroom in Harajuku.

 

 

The theme of Part 3 is "Structures". Out of the cities I've visited, Tokyo by far has the most interesting solutions to architecture. Take a look at Naoto Fukasawa's ±0 Showroom for instance. The optimization of space is phenomenal. 

 

 
 
The ±0 Showroom from the back.

The ±0 Showroom from the back.

Looking into the showroom from the street. 

Looking into the showroom from the street. 

Calculators on display.

Calculators on display.

Hairdryer. 

Hairdryer. 

Coffee maker with timer.

Coffee maker with timer.

The Shibuya crossing at night.

The Shibuya crossing at night.

The Shibuya crossing at day.

The Shibuya crossing at day.

Insane crowds.

Insane crowds.

Neon lights of Shibuya.

Neon lights of Shibuya.

Tokyo crossing lights show wait times using vertical "loading bars".

Tokyo crossing lights show wait times using vertical "loading bars".

The Shinjuku Washington Hotel. 

The Shinjuku Washington Hotel. 

Streets of Shinjuku with the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in the background.

Streets of Shinjuku with the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in the background.

A rainy night in Shinjuku.

A rainy night in Shinjuku.

On the train to Iidabashi.

On the train to Iidabashi.

Passageway at Iidabashi station.

Passageway at Iidabashi station.

The exit of Iidabashi station...

The exit of Iidabashi station...

 ... and the entrance.

 ... and the entrance.

Some of the older stations like Ginza have very low ceilings.

Some of the older stations like Ginza have very low ceilings.

A vintage building in Chiyoda.

A vintage building in Chiyoda.

The massive gate of Yasukuni Shrine.

The massive gate of Yasukuni Shrine.

Yasukuni Shrine.

Yasukuni Shrine.

Harajuku station.

Harajuku station.

Subway station advertisement.

Subway station advertisement.

Neighborhood streets of Kichijōji.  

Neighborhood streets of Kichijōji.

 

A home in Kichijōji marked with the owner's name.

A home in Kichijōji marked with the owner's name.

A clean curb-cut solution found in Mitaka.

A clean curb-cut solution found in Mitaka.

That strange looking gold/black building is the famous Asahi Beer Hall designed by Philippe Starck.

That strange looking gold/black building is the famous Asahi Beer Hall designed by Philippe Starck.

Beautifully unified backstreets of Nakamise.

Beautifully unified backstreets of Nakamise.

Residential streets near Nakamise.

Residential streets near Nakamise.

Omotesando Hills, designed by Tadao Ando.

Omotesando Hills, designed by Tadao Ando.

Store numbers.

Store numbers.

Alteration shop at Omotesando Hills.

Alteration shop at Omotesando Hills.

Tableware store at Omotesando Hills.

Tableware store at Omotesando Hills.

A sphere of live plants at a mall in Roppongi.

A sphere of live plants at a mall in Roppongi.

Directional signage in Roppongi.

Directional signage in Roppongi.

Elevators found somewhere in Midtown. Good use of translucency.  

Elevators found somewhere in Midtown. Good use of translucency.  

Ginza.

Ginza.

The clean streets of Ginza.

The clean streets of Ginza.

Elevators at the Ginza Uniqlo store. Notice how the store is 12 floors high.

Elevators at the Ginza Uniqlo store. Notice how the store is 12 floors high.

Look inside a glass display at the store.

Look inside a glass display at the store.

Parking for a Chanel store.

Parking for a Chanel store.

The Swarovski facade designed by Tokujin Yoshioka.

The Swarovski facade designed by Tokujin Yoshioka.