[多摩大学図書館・TAMAlibrary] Ito Toyo

11 07 2010

yesterday I went to see Toyo Ito’s Tama Library, inside the Campus of Tama University in Kanagawa. even though it was saturday you could see a lot of people on campus O.o as if they had nothing better to do on a weekend than to go again to uni…

you could appreciate the absolute care with which the minutest details were treated. the concrete was smooth as silk and where it joined the glass of the arching windowpanes both were at the same level, not a millimeter off! さすがに日本だな。

also, there were some guys sleeping like babies in a special resting lounge. they were so cute, lol.

HOW TO get there:

from Shinjuku take the Keio line to Hashimoto (橋本),  it costs about 430 yen.

once there you will have to take a bus to the campus. the buses are outside on the ground floor

taking the north exit of the station. I think the one taking you to the campus leaves from quay 6.

from the bus stop to the campus entrance is just a matter of three minutes walking and most likely

other students will be getting off with you, just follow them. 以上

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[建築_aBITofARchiTECture]

2 08 2008

I think it’s time I start posting some photos of architecture – why am I studying it for then?

I finally went for a stroll in 表参道 (omotesando) specifically to take photos of the [dior], [tods] and [prada] buildings. my tokyo architecture guide doesn’t include many buildings by sejima kazuyo – my favourite architect -, in fact it only talks about one; luckily it was not the [dior] building, which means I can now go visit TWO of her works!

the thing about omotesando is that even if the avenue in itself is wide, it’s diffeicult to get a good shot at the buildigs because of the huge trees that stand at both sides – in fact, that was the problem with toyo ito’s [tods] building, there was no space to take a good picture from the sidewalk and when I tried to aim at it from an elevated crossing the trees blocked my view…T_T

the [prada] building is slightly farther away than the previous two; you have to pass a big crossing, then the street gets narrower – I’m not sure it’s even omotesando-dori anymore – and everything becomes smaller in scale… the building stands on a lower level than the street, so when you are approching it it seems smaller than it really is.

I also included a photo of the [dolce&gabbana] building and the entrance to [comme des garcons]. then we found this really cute shinto shrine and we cleansed our hands and prayed at the altar :)

.::photos::.