27 July 2012

Modern architecture of Tokyo

After World War II great strides were made in modern Japanese architecture, not only in advanced technology, allowing earthquake resistant tall buildings, but expressing and infusing characteristics of traditional Japanese architecture in modern buildings.
– Harry Seidler

Photos (with Instagram, Brannan filter most of the time) by Hiroshi Endo.

Aerial view of Nihonbashi after Great Kanto earthquake from the book Photograph collection of Great Kanto earthquake published by Yoshikawa Kobunkan.

« Architecture in Tokyo has largely been shaped by Tokyo's history. Twice in recent history has the metropolis been left in ruins: first in the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake and later after extensive firebombing in World War II. Because of this, Tokyo's current urban landscape is one of modern and contemporary architecture, and older buildings are scarce.»

Modern architecture