TRAVELLING_ This week we take a contemporary architecture tour of Tokyo 東京, the most populous metropolitan area in the world. Tokyo is often referred to and thought of as a city, but is officially known as a "metropolitan prefecture", which differs from a city. The Tokyo metropolitan government administers the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo (each governed as an individual city), which cover the area that was formerly the City of Tokyo before it merged and became the subsequent metropolitan prefecture in 1943. The total population of the prefecture exceeding 13 million.
The prefecture is part of the world's most populous metropolitan area with upwards of 35 million people and the world's largest urban agglomeration economy. In 2013, Tokyo was named the world's most expensive city, according to the cost-of-living survey and in 2009 it was named the third Most Liveable City and the World’s Most Livable Megalopolis.
TOD’S Omotesando Building by TOYO ITO & ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS (2004)
The National Art Center by Kisho Kurokawa (2005)
MASTERPIECE - Fuji TV Headquarters by Kenzo Tange (1997)
MASTERPIECE - Nakagin Capsule Tower by Kisho Kurokawa (1970)