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Kuwait Embassy to be rebuilt

Kuwait Embassy to be rebuilt

Tokyo will lose another one of Kenzo Tange’s works, with the Kuwait Embassy building in Tokyo due to be demolished and rebuilt next year. The 47-year old building was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kenzo Tange (1913-2005) and completed in 1970. Tange is considered one of the most significant architects of the 20th century, designing…

Historic Kudan Kaikan redevelopment plans announced

Historic Kudan Kaikan redevelopment plans announced

On September 21st, the Kanto Local Finance Bureau announced that Tokyu Land had won the competitive bidding process for the redevelopment of the Kudan Kaikan building in central Tokyo. The bidding price will be announced after Tokyu signs the contractural agreement in March 2018. The developer will lease the 8,700 sqm block of land under…

Maison Mita to be redeveloped into high-rise

Maison Mita to be redeveloped into high-rise

Maison Mita, a 67-unit, 49-year old condominium in central Tokyo’s Mita neighbourhood will be redeveloped into a 77m tall, 23-storey high rise by both Mitsubishi Jisho Residence and Asahi Kasei Realty & Residence. Demolition of the current building is expected to start in December 2017 and the new building is due for completion by December…

Luxury condo to replace Yoyogi Terrace Apartment block

Luxury condo to replace Yoyogi Terrace Apartment block

Foretseine, a subsidiary of Mori Trust, will be demolishing the vintage Yoyogi Terrace Apartment rental building in Shibuya and replacing it with a luxury condominium. Details on the project, including the construction schedule, have yet to be announced, but it is expected that the new building could be completed by 2020.

Heritage-listed house in Sendai to be demolished

Heritage-listed house in Sendai to be demolished

The owners of a heritage-listed house in Sendai will soon demolish the old home and several other historic buildings to make way for a city-planned road that will cut through the site. The buildings include the former main house, workshop and storehouses for the 140-year old Mondaya company – a manufacturer of traditional Sendai-tansu cabinets.

2.2 Traditional machiya houses in Kyoto are demolished each day

2.2 Traditional machiya houses in Kyoto are demolished each day

Kyoto City is losing its traditional machiya townhouses at an alarming rate, with an average of 2.2 of these symbolic houses demolished each day. On May 1, Kyoto City announced that approximately 5,600 machiya have been demolished over the past seven years. In 2016, a survey found that there were 40,146 surviving machiya in the…

First heritage de-listing for Kyoto City as 90-yr old bookstore is about to be demolished

First heritage de-listing for Kyoto City as 90-yr old bookstore is about to be demolished

Demolition of the 90-year old Heirakuji Bookstore in downtown Kyoto will begin this month as the owner can no longer afford to maintain the aging building. The building was registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property in 1998. The heritage listing will be removed due to the demolition of the structure. This is the first…

Hakone modernist hotel to close next year

Hakone modernist hotel to close next year

Hakone Hotel Kowaki-en will close its doors in January 2018, marking the end of 60 years of operations. The 224-room hotel was designed by modernist architect Yoshimura Junzo and built in 1959. The hotel’s garden dates back to 1914. The hotel closure is due to aging buildings and facilities. The owner and operator, Fujita Kanko,…

Modernist building in Yokohama to be demolished next month

Modernist building in Yokohama to be demolished next month

One of Yokohama’s early examples of modernist architecture will soon be demolished. The Prefectural Police Headquarters Onoecho Government Building was built in 1952. The 3-story concrete building with a curved exterior, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and no front entrance is considered one of the city’s modernist masterpieces.

Demolition underway on Omotesando public housing complex

Demolition underway on Omotesando public housing complex

Demolition of the old Aoyama Kitamachi Apaato housing complex in Omotesando is underway. Asbestos removal from four buildings is currently being carried out. Asbestos sheeting and spray-on insulation was used in some of the buildings’ rooftop waterproofing, plumbing insulation, and chimneys. The city-owned public housing estate will soon be replaced with high-rise residential, aged care…

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