1970 – Niban-kan – Minoru Takeyama

An enigmatic Japanese building, the Niban-kan, became renowned after its appearence on the cover of Charles Jencks’ “The Language of Post-Modern Architecture” in 1977. Its rise to the status of an icon of Supergraphics, along with its adjacent brother building the Ichiban-kan, would overshadow its great urban qualities. Originally it was painted colorful with geometric patterns in yellow, red, black and grey. Today the building appears in restrained in black and grey, it unfortunately lost of its iconographic quality.

Name: Niban-kan│Type: Commercial│Architect: Minoru Takeyama│Completed: 1970


1969 – Ichiban-kan – Minoru Takeyama

1969 - Ichiban-kan - Minoru Takeyama

















In the late 60s, architect Minoru Takeyama designed this reinforced concrete volume, shaped with an unusually dynamic, although still abstract geometry and formative black-white painting. The iconographic building reflects the festive and superficial charactre of its urban context.

Name: Ichiban-kan│Type: Entertainment│Architect: Minoru Takeyama│Completed: 1969