11 Jul 2011

Tokyo Institute of Technology Centennial Hall


Tokyo Institute of Technology (TiTech) Centennial Hall, 1987 - Kazuo Shinohara. The role is the hall is to provide exhibition space, meeting rooms, a small exhibition about the history of Titech and to serves as a landmark situated on the edge of the campus dominating the (taxi) plaza in front of Ookayama station. The other key buildings of this square are the Tokyo Tech Front by Kazunari Sakamoto and a the Tokyu Hospital[Tokyogreenspace] by Koichi Yasuda.
Kazunari Sakamoto was a student of Shinohara as noted in the Sumida Culture Factory post by me this genealogy is important in the understanding of Japanese architecture. Another famous architect from Titech is Tsukamoto of Atelier Bow-wow.
Kazuo Shinohara has deep influence on the development of Japanese architecture and has recently come to international attention again, partly because of being awarded the memorial golden lion in 2010 Venice Biennale.

As seen from Tokyo Tech Front. Sakamoto had hard time developing the building that would sit next to the masterpiece of his sensei.

Along one of the small streets leading down to the plaza.

From behind.

Inside underneath the bar.
Access: Ookayama station on the Tokyu-Meguro and Tokyu-Oimachi lines.
Others work: Cubic forest, now the Nakamura Masayoshi Museum.

For more about Kazuo Shinoharas houses read the excellent 2G No 58/59.

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