Tag - buildings



Harakado will open next Wednesday and aims to be a place where creators can gather.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 9, 2024
New Harajuku complex aims to become next cultural creators hub
The nine-story building — named Harakado — will open next Wednesday and is designed to be “a commercial complex where creators (can) gather.”
The Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho hotel and office complex in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 22, 2024
Seibu may sell 36-story Tokyo office building for ¥300 billion, sources say
Japan's highest value property transaction is currently the ¥436 billion sale by the government in 2022 of its stake in another Tokyo office building.
A couple takes a commemorative photo in front of Hilltop Hotel in Tokyo on Monday, the final day before its closure for an undetermined period.
Feb 13, 2024
Hilltop Hotel in Tokyo beloved by famous writers temporarily closes
Hilltop Hotel closed for an undetermined period due to the run-down condition of its 87-year-old building.
Manga illustrations displayed in a room of the renovated Former Residence of Theodora Ozaki in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward on Thursday
Feb 9, 2024
Tokyo building from Meiji Era to reopen as manga attraction
After renovations, the building will open as a facility with a gallery exhibiting original manga copies and illustrations.
At the new teamLab Borderless museum, the crowd-favorite room of lamps from Borderless 1.0 has evolved into a room of light bubbles, which interact with each other and the bodies passing by.
Feb 8, 2024
Have we reached teamLab saturation?
The art collective re-opens its Borderless museum in Azabudai Hills. But the experience is starting to feel stale.
The rubble of a house that collapse due to the New Year's Day earthquake, in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture
Feb 3, 2024
Central Japan cities hit hard by quake had high rate of old homes
In Suzu, 65% of residences were built before 1981 when the country's seismic standards were significantly upgraded.
Masaki Sato, who owns an 85-year-old property in the Akasaki district of Shika, Ishikawa Prefecture, walks in the district on Saturday after a major earthquake struck the Noto region on New Year's Day.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 8, 2024
Still standing: Unique houses survive quake in Japanese village
Despite a magnitude 7.6 quake only kilometers away, one small fishing village stood strong thanks to decades-old smart architecture.
Children run down a street in the Oimawashi district of Sendai in about 1955.
JAPAN / History
Dec 21, 2023
WWII survivors' neighborhood remembered after last house torn down
Sendai's Oimawashi district was built nearly 80 years ago for people whose property had been destroyed by bombing.
The new spire is being reconstructed to be identical to the original one that was destroyed in a fire in April 2019. The Notre Dame Cathedral is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 8, 2024.
WORLD / Society
Dec 11, 2023
After toppling in the 2019 fire, Notre Dame’s spire rises again
French President Emmanuel Macron had vowed to rebuild the site within five years after a fire gutted it in 2019.
A view of a plaza within Shibuya Sakura Stage, what Tokyu Land Corporation is calling the final puzzle piece in its redevelopment of the area around Shibuya Station.
Nov 30, 2023
Shibuya Sakura Stage to cap once-in-a-century redevelopment around station
The new complex is part of an ambitious urban renewal endeavor by Tokyu Land Corporation in the area around Shibuya Station.
The undulating structure of the Garden Plaza in Azabudai Hills in Tokyo is designed to showcase diverse greenery as well as act as an antidote to boxlike architecture.
Nov 24, 2023
In photos: Tokyo’s new 'city within a city'
Mori's new Hills complex aims to challenge the traditional vision of hard-edged city living with beveled curves and green terraces.
Azabudai Hills in Tokyo's Minato Ward on Friday
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Nov 24, 2023
With Azabudai Hills complex, Mori aims to transform Tokyo again
The developer has looked to rectify the capital's perceived weaknesses in a bid to make it more competitive against the likes of London and New York.
“Bubble Universe” contains dynamic lights inside spheres that interact with visitors and each other.
Nov 21, 2023
A first look inside teamLab’s new Borderless museum
The international art collective unveiled two installations that will appear in the digital museum’s new space in Azabudai Hills in 2024.
An office lobby floor inside the new high-rise building Station Tower at Toranomon Hills
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 4, 2023
Toranomon area continues to rise as Tokyo’s business hub
The massive Toranomon Hills project has helped the area become one of Tokyo's major business centers.
Mori Building's Azabudai Hills complex in Tokyo's Minato Ward, which will house offices, shops, apartments, hotels and a school, is set to open in November
Oct 2, 2023
While Manhattan’s offices stay empty, Tokyo keeps building
Remote working has decimated offices in cities like New York and London. But Tokyo's workspaces have bounced back, also thanks to new builds.
Mitsubishi Estate President Atsushi Nakajima speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for Torch Tower in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Sep 30, 2023
Construction of Japan's tallest skyscraper begins near Tokyo Station
The Torch Tower, expected to be completed in March 2028, will surpass the 330-meter Azabudai Hills Mori JP Tower in the capital's Minato Ward.
The Shiodome City Center building in Tokyo's Minato Ward
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 6, 2023
GIC considering sale of Tokyo skyscraper for over $2 billion
The sale plans come as a glut of new office supply is expected in Tokyo over the next two years, potentially tempering investor appetite.
Tourists walk in front of Crown and Anchor pub on Neal Street in London in 2018. Pubs are big part of British culture.
WORLD / Society
Sep 4, 2023
What’s really killing Britain’s historic pubs
With each time-honored spot that’s shuttered, another little piece of British history is lost.
A municipality worker collects garbage, most of which is plastic and domestic waste, along the shore of Jakarta.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Sep 4, 2023
Trash to treasure: Indonesian firm turns plastic into bricks
The company mixes volcanic ash, mountain stones, plastic waste and cement to make its bricks, which do not contain sand like regular ones.
A construction site where many tall apartment buildings have been constructed in recent years, in Parramatta, Sydney
Sep 1, 2023
Build up, not out: The high density housing push for Australian cities
With the construction industry struggling amid elevated costs and decade-high interest rates, housing affordability has become a thorny political issue.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?