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Jinbocho Theater – Tokyo, Japan

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Building: Jinbocho Theater
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect: Nikken Sekkei
Status: Completed 2007

AE Interests: maximize column-free interior space with a light structural frame composed of anti-seismic panels, external heat insulating skin; 5 floors, the main theater being on the first; minimal thickness of reinforced concrete for acoustic control;

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Written by Alvin Nguyen

September 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm

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K-Museum – Tokyo, Japan

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Building: K-Museum
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Status: Completed 1996, closed to the public but viewable from outside
Architect: Makoto Sei Watanabe

AE Interests: Use of both physical miniature models and CAD images using a 3D scanner; simple, abstract forms part of a complex whole; direction gives sense of movement; aluminum and stainless steel panels on exterior, reflective surface; interior walls are made of two acrylic sheets with aluminum honeycomb in between, called “Acry honeycomb”; completed as part of a wave of construction in the new “Tokyo Waterfront City” Odaiba, but closed when the economic bubble burst

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Written by Alvin Nguyen

September 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm

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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower – Tokyo, Japan

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Building: Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower University
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Status: Completed 2008
Height: 203.65 m (second tallest education building in the world
Architect: Tange Associates
Structural Engineering: Arup
Mechanical Engineering: Kenchiku Setubi Sekkei Kenkyusho
General Contractor: Shimizu Corporation

AE Interests: steel and reinforced concrete, covered with a skin of glass and aluminum parts network; accommodates approximately 10,000 students across the three vocational schools: fashion, information and technology, and medical welfare; 50 floors of three rectangular classroom areas, rotating 120 degrees, arranged in a curvi-linear form around the inner core; inner core consists of elevators, staircases and shafts; three-story student lounges located between the classrooms, facing three directions: east, southwest and northwest; a co-generation system installed within the building produces about 40% of the structure’s power and thermal energy, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and increases efficiency; elliptic shape allows for even distribution of sunlight, limiting heat radiation to the surrounding area, and aerodynamically disperses strong wind streams

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Written by Alvin Nguyen

September 9, 2015 at 11:43 am

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Za Koenji Public Theatre – Tokyo, Japan

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Building: Za Koenji Public Theater
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect: Toyo Ito
Status: Completed 2009
Structural Engineering: Sasaki Structural Consultants
Mechanical Engineering: Kankyo Engineering
General Contractor: Taisei Corporation

AE Interests: walls and roof constructed of steel plate reinforced concrete, stable yet extremely thin to accommodate acoustic requirements; carved out of a cube by five elliptic cones and two cylinders; floating structural system for every floor slab

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Written by Alvin Nguyen

September 4, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Posted in Built