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Modern Japanese Architecture

After introducing sites about traditional Japanese architecture last week, hereby a list of sites about modern architecture in Japan. Although there are many excellent Japanese architects, it is surprisingly difficult to find good sites in English. For example, even though Tadao Ando is one of Japan’s best known architects at this point in history, his most obvious domains are all taken by cybersquatters.

Thursday June 18, 2009
Comme de Garçons Shop, Aoyama, Tokyo

Beautiful site with reports on Japanese architectural design. Features lots of photos of buildings in Japan. Exquisite detail.

Architectural Institute of JapanArchitectural Institute of Japan (ENG, JPN)
Founded in 1886, the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) promotes the advancement and development of science, technology and art concerning architecture.

Kisho KurokawaKisho Kurokawa (ENG)
Writings, resume, and philosophy of Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. Features his enlightening essays on transformations in arts, architecture, and modernism. Recommended.

Structures in KansaiStructures in Kansai (ENG, JPN)
Photos and writings about Kansai’s modern architecture.

Tokyo Architecture InfoTokyo Architecture Info (ENG)
Database of architecture in Tokyo, presented with photographs and descriptions. Quite good.

Tokyo SkylineTokyo Skyline (ENG)
Diagrams of more than 1000 structures in Tokyo. Cool!

William Merrell VoriesWilliam Merrell Vories (ENG, JPN)
US born architect and activist Christian who lived in Japan from 1905 until his death in 1964. He designed many well-known buildings like Daimaru Shinsaibashi Department Store and Kwansei Gakuin.

Kenzo Tange AssociatesKenzo Tange Associates (ENG, JPN)
Kenzo Tange was one of the leading representatives of Japanese architecture of the Twentieth Century. Thousands of architects today, both Japanese and international, were either students of Kenzo Tange or were directly influenced by his style as he laid the foundation of Japanese Modern architecture.

Wikipedia: Tadao AndoWikipedia: Tadao Ando (ENG)
Wikipedia page on Tadao Ando. Strangely, the main domains for this important Japanese architect are all run by cybersquatters.

Wikipedia: Tadao AndoWikipedia: List of Japanese architects (ENG)
Chronological list of Japanese architects. Some of their major architectural works are listed after their name.

Japanese ArchitectureJapanese Architecture (ENG)
Features 2 pages of Japanese Architecture selections with links to hundreds of individual project pages. The first page lists key building in the major cities, the second buildings outside the major cities. Selected projects are of top quality, interesting or both.

Find more sites related to Japan at Japan Links. Special section for Architecture.

The top photo shows the Comme de Garçons shop of fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, designed by Future Systems, on Aoyama-dori in Aoyama, Tokyo (image #60529-1066).


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