Since leaving Japan, I have become aware of, and incredibly fond of, Metabolism, a Japanese architectural style born out of Modernism which--to me at least--has Brutalist overtones. It speaks to me of an unrealised utilitarian future.
It seems few Metabolist buildings were constructed, and even fewer remain standing today--they were often impractical, and did not age well, leading to many being demolished or heavily altered.
A number of the remaining buildings can be found in the Minato-ku district of Tokyo and, in spite of spending two years working there, I never took the opportunity to really pay these buildings the respect they deserve. A little over a year ago, I decided to right that wrong, visiting both the Nakagin Capsule Tower, and the Yamanashi Press and Broadcast Center.
If you're interested in reading further, here are a few of the highlights I discovered1:
- Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center by Kenzo Tange, 1957
- Sky House by Kiyonori Kikutake, 1958
- Yamanashi Press and Broadcaster Center by Kenzo Tange, 1961
- Nakagin Capsule Tower by Kisho Kurogawa, 1972
- Hotel Sofitel Tokyo by Kiyonori Kikutake, 1994
I'd also love to hear about the buildings and details I've inevitably missed. ↩