Tokyo is a city that has been formed on tradition and that tradition comes in the form of the buildings which are built around the city. A mixture of old and new, there are many historical buildings which coincide with the new renovations. There have been two major disasters which has made the necessity for a mixture of styles and genres in architecture. Overall, the architecture is continually guided by the lack of area that the city can afford to build on.

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

Address 1-7-3 Nishi-Shinjuku Shinjuku, TokyoMap
Description This 50 story building is an educational facility that is located in Nishi-Shinjuku. It houses three prestigious institutions, the Tokyo Mode Gakuen, HAL Tokyo and Shuto Iko. It was erected and completed in 2008, and is the second tallest educational institution in Tokyo. Skyscraper of the year, it is a sight to behold. It is over 204 meters tall, the 17th overall tallest building in Japan. There are 50 above ground areas and 3 below ground areas.

Asahi Beer Hall

Address 11-23-1 Azumabashi Sumida-ku,Tokyo 130-0001Map
Description The Asahi Beer Hall is one of the biggest beer breweries in Japan. It is home to the Asahi Breweries headquarters which is located on the banks of the Samida River. The designer Philippe Starck completed the plans in 1989 and at the time was one of the most modern buildings that Tokyo had ever seen. It is shaped like a beer glass and has a golden top. It is the structure that houses the Asahi Breweries offices.

Rainbow Bridge

Address 3-33-19 Kaigan Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0022Map
Description The Rainbow bridge is a bridge that is completely suspended between Shibaura Pier and Odaiba waterfront in Minato. It was constructed in 1987, but not completed until 1993. It is over 798 meters long and is officially called the “Shuto Expressway No. 11 Daiba Route - Port of Tokyo Connector Bridge”. Since that was too much to say, it is referred to endearingly as “the Rainbow bridge”. The bridge is white but lamps are placed on it nightly giving it hues of red, white and green.

Tokyo Big Sight

Address 3-11-1 Ariake koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063Map
Description The Tokyo Big Sight is really just a nickname that they call the Tokyo International Exhibition Center. It is a convention center that opened its doors in 1996. It is in the Tokyo Bay, Odaiba area, and the largest convention center in the city which can be seen from anywhere for its odd shaped conference design. It is the famed venue for the upcoming 2020 Olympic games and events. Set to be the site for wresting, taekwondo and fencing games.

Roppongi Hills

Address 6-10-1 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032Map
Description Roponggi Hills is one of the largest property developments in Japan. Located in the upscale neighborhood of Roppongi Hills. It is a mega complex building that has just about everything imaginable located under one roof. There are office spaces available, restaurants, shops, movie theaters and apartments. Completely self-contained, you never have to leave the confines theoretically to live your life. Completed in 2003 there are 54 floors and a floor area of 724,000 square meters. The height is over 236 meters which is an architectural feat.

The National Art Center

Address 7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku,Tokyo 106-0032Map
Description The National Art Center is located in Roppongi Tokyo. designed by Kisho Kurokawa architect and associates, it was under construction from the years 2000-2006. The total floor area is 49,846 square meters with 5 structures in total and 2 basement floors and six additional floors. It is home to upscale boutiques and restaurants as well as the National Art Center. Many open exhibits are on display, and it has some of the best traveling exhibits in Japan.

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