This outstanding building was built in 1964, the year the former Tokyo Olympic Games were held.
Located in Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, along Meiji Street and designed by Eiji Hotta.
This radical, sophisticated and unique design was so attractive that the building was introduced in LIFE Magazine at that time.
Years ago, when I was in Tokyo and had a car, I often drove this street between Shinjuku and Shibuya and was always fascinated by this cool building. I never imagined it was 60s architecture.
It seems impossible for passing of time to make this building look old or outdated.
@tokujinyoshioka first visited this viewpoint at Shōrenin Temple in Kyoto in 5 years ago. “You can actually view all of Kyoto from the stage, but that day it was snowy and it was all white,” he recalled. He felt something spiritual in the air. He’d been thinking about designing something that blended Japanese tradition with modernity, and it felt like the perfect setting. The glass tea house that resulted, “Kou-an,” spent 2 years in Kyoto before moving to the Saga Prefectural Art Museum, then @thenationalartcentertokyo. “We’re always thinking about where to move it next,” said Tokujin, who himself moved to Tokyo from Saga at 18. An industrial designer, artist and architect, he works out of a renovated 19th-century rice warehouse. Recently, Tokujin designed the torch that will open the @tokyo2020 Olympic Games. For him, it was a dream project. But his job, as he puts it, is to give shape to other people’s hopes and dreams. “It could be something functional, but it could also be something that touches people’s feelings," he said. “Something that would remain in people’s hearts.” Watch our story to see #5QuestionsWith@tokujinyoshioka.