1985 – Udagawacho Police Box – Edward Suzuki

Udagawacho police box in Shibuya was designed by architect Edward Suzuki and opened in April of 1985. The koban is practical as well as photogenic: the owlish “beak” does double duty as a sheltered overhang allowing officers to park their bicycles on a dry patio. Though shoe-horned into a highly-developed corner of one of Tokyo’s busiest shopping neighborhoods, the Udagawacho police box seems to fit right in while remaining easily identifiable to people seeking assistance. The iconic architecture resembles an owl with a iron mask.


Name: Udagawacho Police Box │Type: Security│Architect: Edward Suzuki│Completed: 1985

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