ultramarinus – beyond the sea


Within walking distance from Roppongi Hills, international renowned architect Kisho Kurokawa left his final mark in Tokyo at the National Art Centre. Famous for his experimental design such as the Capsule House (1970) and his involvement in the Metabolist Movement in 1960s, Kurokawa had been a prominent figure in architecture, design and style throughout the second half of 20th century Japan until his death in 2007.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOverview of the National Art Centre from the Roppongi Hills Observation Deck.

2Exterior view of the undulating glass facade.

3Architect Kisho Kurokawa’s iconic cone-shaped glass entrance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAtop each of the upside down cone lies a museum cafe.

7Behind the timber wall are a number of exhibition halls, which together form the largest exhibition space in Tokyo.  The Art Centre provides venues for all kinds of temporary art exhibitions, both international and within the country.

8A pleasant stair wraps around the concrete core.


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Read other posts on 2014 Tokyo:
1. Tokyo 2014 (Introduction)
2. Yokohama Osanbashi Pier
3. Ginza, Tokyo
4. Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo
5. Omotesando, Tokyo
6. Harajuku & Aoyama, Tokyo
7. Nezu Museum, Tokyo
8. Roppongi Hills, Tokyo
9. The National Art Centre, Tokyo
10. Midtown, Tokyo
11. A Shrine in Shibuya, Tokyo
12. Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo
13. A Night in Yanaka, Tokyo
14. Breakfast at Tsukiji Market, Tokyo
15. Moveable Feast, Tokyo
16. Seasonal Fruits, Tokyo
17. Afterthought, Tokyo

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