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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One thought on “1985 – Udagawacho Police Box – Edward Suzuki

  1. Pretty sure there was an ancient wooden building here until the late eighties with an old nomiya. I remember a total anachronism surrounded by tall modern buildings. Like the owner refused to sell until he got what he was asking. Looks like he got condemned and replaced with a koban. I loved that old shack but never thought to stop in and have a drink. One of life’s regrets.

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