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Updated: November 5, 2019
This distinctive hanging-roof structure, which comes into view just a short walk away from Harajuku Station, was designed by Kenzo Tange for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Today, the facility still stages many sports events, as well as cultural events like concerts. The stadium is set to serve as an Olympic venue again in 2020.
Designed to blend in harmony with the landscape, the building is roughly the same height as the zelkova trees lining the street. An atrium stretching three floors above street level and three floors below cuts through the commercial space, where tenants stand side by side along a gently rising spiral ramp that echoes the slope of Omotesando itself. The raw concrete walls and geometrical forms offer a glimpse of architect Tadao Ando's signature style.
This museum, opened in 1941 to preserve and display the collection of its founder, Kaichiro Nezu, reopened in 2009 with a new main building design by Kengo Kuma. The open, relaxing interior space connects seamlessly with the lush 17,000-square-meter Japanese garden, which offers a view of the changing seasons.