Harajuku-Omotesando area


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Harajuku・Omotesando area

The Harajuku-Omotesando area is the birthplace of the latest culture and fashion,and a showcase of trendy and state-of -the-art architecture.

(1)Yoyogi National Stadium

Architect:Kenzo Tange

The distinctive hanging-roof structure that comes into view when taking a short walk from Harajuku Station was designed by Kenzo Tange for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Today, it still stages many sports events as well as cultural events like concerts. The stadium is set to serve as an Olympic venue again in Tokyo 2020.

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Architecture practice:MVRDV

Designed by Netherlands-based architecture practice MVRDV, the structure whose name means “twist” or “spiral” does just that—each floor twists in relation to the floor beneath, forming a unique spiraling promenade.

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(3)Dior Omotesando

Architecture unit:SANAA / Photo courtesy of Christian Dior

Designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of the Japanese architectural unit SANAA, the building clad in skirt-like drapes aptly reflects the world of Dior—classical and modern, elegant and feminine, all at the same time.

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(4)Omotesando Hills

Architect:Tadao Ando /all ptoho by Mitsuo Matsuoka

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 and below ground level cuts through the commercial space, where tenants stand side by side along a 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.

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(5)Prada Aoyama

Architecture unit:Herzog & de Meuron / ©PRADA

Designed by Swiss architecture unit Herzog & de Meuron, the building catches the eye with its diamond-shaped glass panes, which reflect the sky and shine like crystals by day, and reveal the light from within like a showcase by night. See details

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(6)Nezu Museum

Architect:Kengo Kuma

The museum founded to preserve and display the collection of its founder, Kaichiro Nezu, reopened in 2009 to unveil a new 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.

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