The latest 20th century architecture map by Blue Crow Media is dedicated to the concrete construction of Tokyo, featuring influential buildings and structures from noted architects like Tadao Ando; Le Corbusier; Toyo Ito; Kenzo Tange; Kunio Maekawa; and Antonin Raymond.
The bilingual, Japanese and English, map features an introduction by Tokyo-based architecture and design writer Naomi Pollock, and images by the photographer Jimmy Cohrssen. Focussing on architecture from the 1930s through the post-World War II period to present day Tokyo, the city’s susceptibility to earthquakes and oft oddly shaped topology relies on the plasticity that concrete provides.
Concrete Tokyo Map lists fifty of the stark beauties shaped by the material, Komazawa Olympic Park, built for the 1964 Summer Olympics; the National Art Center Tokyo; and Urbanprem Minami Aoyama, with its slightly curved façade, among the picks; their locations plotted on a detailed map overleaf.
The signature of many a Japanese architect, concrete (used in the right hands) is an expressive and highly mouldable material, available now from the trusty folk at Blue Crow Media, this excellent document of Tokyo’s finest uncompromising gems is testament to that expressiveness and capacity for experimentation.