Traditional Architecture, Nagoya, Japan
Beside the fantastic contemporary modern architecture Japan has some wonderful traditional villages from the Edo-Era which are very well preserved and let you surmise the atmosphere of that time back then. The villages Tsumago-juku and Magome-juku in the North-East of Nagoya, are two of the 69 post towns between Tokyo and Kyoto that I was able to visit. The beautiful wooden architecture results from the need to have a structure as flexible and light as possible to outlast the many earthquakes in Japan. To create different separated spaces the timber framework was filled with light elements of materials like reed, wood and clay.
Streets of Tokyo , Tokyo, Japan
The Japanese capital is worldwide known for crowded subways and streets. Every corner of Tokyo seems to be used for advertising. The brighter and the more flashing the sign the better. This extreme overload of people, advertising and things you might need is fascinating but at the same time extremely exhausting. Leaving these main roads, the other streets seem to be refreshing calm and empty. The absence of human beings and flashing media advertisings give them an almost meditative atmosphere. Tokyo is full of these atmospheric transfers and welcome diversions of characters.
Architecture for High Fashion, Tokyo, Japan
A place where you can see as many well dressed people as you can see in Tokyo is hardly to find - also due the fact that there are very many people. Because of this extremely tasteful society all the high fashion brands like Chanel, Dior, Prada, Miumiu have at least one representative flagship store mostly in the districts Ginza and Harajuku. High fashion which is obviously focussing on style and individuality couldn´t be better presented than in outstanding architecture designed by the most famous architects like Herzog & de Meuron, Renzo Piano and Toyo Ito & Associates to name just a few.
A Portrait of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
The most fascinating about the japanese culture is the apparently harmonious coexisting of the traditional lifestyle and the extremely modern way of thinking. This interaction of these two extreme diverse ways of thinking can be experienced in the city of Kyoto better than in any other place. As the former capital of Japan, Kyoto has an amazing amount of temples, shrines, traditional neighborhoods and historical sights. And just next to these traditional highlights modernity is illuminated in all colors of neon light and you can discover extremely vibrant and inspiring place like the K8 Building by Florian Busch Architects.
GC Prostho Museum Research Center, Nagoya, Japan
The conceptual idea of the GC Prostho Museum and Research Center designed by Kengo Kuma And Associates is based on the traditional Japanese game Cidori. The aim is to create three-dimensional structures by only using one kind of wooden sticks without showing the conjunctions of the single elements. Unfortunately only parts of the facade are covered with this beautiful wooden structure that seems to be an elegant cloth creating different layers and levels of depth within the facade. The parts that aren´t covert are just simple prefabricated concrete elements.
Garden of Fine Arts, Kyoto, Japan
Only eight reproductions of some of the most famous artworks from different époques are represented on ceramic panels which are installed on exposed concrete walls. The very little number of paintings is very refreshing and it allows you to spend more time observing each painting and focus on each piece of art. This sculptural architecture by Tadao Ando is less organized as a building and more like a typical Japanese Garden. It is concentrated towards the inside, water is a present architectural element and the visitor is lead by a path through the exhibition. The walls of exposed concrete are structured in the for Ando typical grid of the Tatami mats and the visible anchor holes.