1973 – Hotel Okura South Wing – Yoshiro Taniguchi

After the tragic demolition of the main building, built in 1964 by Yoshiro Taniguchi, the remaining South Wing allows to retrace its architecure: Located in Toranomon on what had been a feudal estate, the Okura is an extraordinary testament to a key moment in Japanese design. It was built by an exceptionally gifted and diverse group that included the architects Yoshiro Taniguchi and Hideo Kosaka, the folk artist Shiko Munakata and the potter Kenkichi Tomimoto. Together they created a unique modern design that referenced the traditional colours, shapes and crafts of Japan.

Unlike many postwar Tokyo buildings, whose primary models of modernism were strictly Western, the Okura was built to evoke Japanese-ness, at least as perceived by foreigners. Among other frills, this meant hexagonal hanging lamps shaped like ancient gems and partitions edged with kimono fabrics.


Name: Hotel Okura South Wing│Type: Hotel│Architect: Yoshiro Taniguchi │Completed: 1973

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1969 – National Museum of Modern Art – Yoshiro Taniguchi

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The Museum, just a few steps from the Palace Side Building, faces the moat and stone rampart of the Imperial Palace compound across the road. This close proximity promoted Yoshiro Taniguchi to make the design as simple as possible. The horizontal volume is elevated above a raised platform with only a few windows. Inside, however, the spaces are richly articulated follwing a skip-floor system.


Name: National Museum of Modern Art│Type: Museum│Architect: Yoshiro Taniguchi│Completed: 1969

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1937 – Keio Gijuku Yochisha Elementary School – Yoshiro Taniguchi

After becoming an Associate Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1932, architect Yoshiro Taniguchi designed the Yochisha Main Building of Kejo School in 1937. A masterpiece of modern architecture from the early Showa period, it remains an important work representative of Taniguchi’s early career. He subsequently led the building of other school buildings and hospital wards and even designed the Monument to the Birthplace of Keio Gijuku, which stands in Akashi-cho, Chuo-ku, where Keio was originally founded. The building is registered as one of the 100 best representatives of modern architecture in Japan. Note: The school is not open to the public, visit only with application possible.


Name: Keio Gijuku Yochisha Elementary School│Type: Education│Architect: Yoshiro Taniguchi│Completed: 1937

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1958 – Seventieth Anniversary Memorial Auditorium TIT – Yoshiro Taniguchi

Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) was originally located in Kuramae, it was moved to the site of present Ookayama Campus after the Kanto Earthquake of 1923. The 800-seat auditorium was built to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the school’s funding. The floor of the auditorium follows the slope of the site, but the exterior envelope disguises the building’s bulk. Daylight is introduced from one side of the space and dispersed by a wood lattice screen. An interesting combination of different textures is provided by the wood screen, concrete, glass and brick.


Name: Seventieth Anniversary  Memorial Auditorium Tokyo Institute of Technology│Type: Education│Architect: Yoshiro Taniguchi│Completed: 1958

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