The property of the Embassy of Canada is next to a park that was created on the former estate of Korekiyo Takahashi located on Aoyama Dori. Besides the embassy, the building was to accommodate space for lease, the income from tenants was to be used to defray the cost of construction. The land was to remain Canadian property.
Moriyama & Teshima, a Canadian office based in Toronto, designed the building in collaboration with Shimizu. The building was limited to eight stories because of the presence of Togu Palace across the street and the need to minimize disturbance of the park. The architects have explained the scheme using in terms for the three branches in the shoka form of flower arrangement, namely ten (heaven), chi (earth) and jin (man). The office block for lease on the bottom three floors represent chi, the fourth floor, withe the entrance lobby for the embassy, the exhibition and reception areas and a spacious garden, represent jin, and the embassy on the top floors under the sloping glass roof represent ten.
Name: Embassy of Canada │Type: Office│Architect: Moriyama & Teshima Architects│Completed: 1991