The building, facing the Imperial Palace, was at the time of its completion one of the largest commercial complexes in Tokyo. At street level there is a two-story shopping arcade linked to the streets around. The two cylindrical shafts, reminiscent of numerous Metabolist designs, feature stairways and elevators along with their lobbies. Particularly noteworthy is the mode in which the elevations are articulated with delicately designed metallic louvers as wel as drainpipes and spandrels. Such craftsmanship lends this impressive building an aesthetic quality that is akin to traditional solutions of high-level artistry.
Name: Palace Side Building│Type: Office / Commercial│Architect: Nikken Sekkei Ltd.│Completed: 1966