Twenty-first Century Tokyo
A Guide to Contemporary Architecture
21st Century Tokyo is a fascinating guide to the city through its contemporary architecture. Authors Julian Worrall and Erez Golani Solomon present eighty-three buildings, from world-renowned projects such as Herzog & de Meuron's Prada building and FOA's spectacular Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, to quirky private houses and soaring office towers of glass and steel. Alongside Western architects, who have built some of their most outstanding projects in Tokyo, the authors showcase recent works of celebrated Japanese architects, including Tadao Ando, Toyo Ito, Fumihiko Maki, and Kenzo Tange. Incisive essays introduce each building not just from an architectural perspective, but also as part of the social, cultural, and political tapestry of the city, creating a full and fascinating portrait of the metropolis. The book is divided into seven easy-to-navigate chapters, each covering a different Tokyo district, with detailed maps and access information, and illustrated throughout with stunning black-and-white photography by Joshua Lieberman. This is an indispensable guidebook for the professional architect, the sightseer, or anyone with an interest in contemporary Japan. Tokyo—one of the most innovative and forward-thinking cities in the world, and nowhere is this more evident than in its modern architecture. Eighty-three of the city's latest buildings are gathered in these pages and introduced not just from an architectural perspective but as part of the social, cultural, and political tapestry of the city. With stunning black-and-white photography spotlighting a wide range of projects, from the monumental masterpieces of famous architects to the everyday buildings often overlooked, this is a full and fascinating overview of the architectural landscape of twenty-first-century Tokyo.
About the Author
Julian Worrall is an Australian architect, scholar, and critic based in Tokyo. He has worked for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, and Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo. He is currently assistant professor at the Institute for Advanced Study of Waseda University in Tokyo, where he teaches architecture and conducts research on contemporary Asian urbanism. He writes regularly for The Japan Times, Domus, and Icon. Erez Golani Solomon holds a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Tokyo. He teaches urban theory and architectural design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, and at Waseda University, Tokyo, where he is assistant professor. Joshua Lieberman was born in New York and is now based in Tokyo. His most notable assignments outside Japan have taken him to Dubai, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, with commissions ranging from architectural magazine editorials to luxury hotel advertising campaigns. www.jil-studio.com