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Tokyo International Forum architectural wonder

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Tokyo International Forum architectural wonder

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Tokyo International Forum architectural wonder

Tokyo International Forum is a place that  I highly recommeded to architecture and design enthusiasts. The Crystal Hall, one of the most daring structures ever built in Japan. In the open international competition held in 1987 was won by architect Rafael Viñoly. Located just steps from the Tokyo Station, and just opposite the station Yurakucho, Tokyo International Forum is one of the finest architectural wonders of the city. The work saw the light in 1996.

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Tokyo international forum

The architect has linked its Crystal Hall with public spaces of the nineteenth century, comparing both the Gallery in Milan as the Crystal Palace in Madrid , with vast and imposing spaces, monumental staircases, bright bridges and ramps, all scaled almost Piranesian.

The volume of the Glass Hall, the immense boat-shaped atrium  emblem of the complex, was created following the convex curve of the railroad tracks that run eastward, doubling and inverting the curve to form ground a dynamic ellipse of about 208 meters long by 31.7 wide, 57.5 meters rises.

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Tokyo international forum

The structure resembling the curved shell of a boat is glass and steel, structural steel frame and a mega-network for glass curtain wall.

The Crystal Hall, one of the most daring structures ever built in Japan , consists of two intersecting ellipses glass and steel, enclosing a large central hall and unite the elements of the complex. A ramp along the entire Hall leading to the top of the building is intersected by a series of bridges that, besides connecting spaces function as horizontal struts for resisting wind pressure on glass walls, the the over-elevated walkways that lead to the theaters are added, crossing the pedestrian area and a system of pillars extending along the eastern perimeter.

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Tokyo international forum

In the front of the Glass Hall approximately 20,000m2 17.5mm laminated glass, heat-strengthened used. Laminated glass is made sandwiching a plastic interlayer between two sheets of glass and has been commonly used in the windshields of cars.

In the supporting structure of this building high-tech 6,600 tons of steel were used.

Tokyo international forum ‘s central plaza offers seating amid the trees and sculptures, and has become a popular lunchtime spot. Unfortunately the day I went, it was raining.

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Tokyo intenational forum

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Tokyo international forum

Located just steps from the Tokyo Station, and just opposite the station Yurakucho.

Subway

  • Yurakucho Line
    (connected to Yurakucho Sta. through underground concourse [Exit D5] )
  • Hibiya Line
    5min. walk from Hibiya Sta.
    5min. walk from Ginza Sta.
  • Chiyoda Line
    5min. walk from Nijubashimae Sta.
    7min. walk from Hibiya Sta.
  • Marunouchi Line
    5min. walk from Ginza Sta.
  • Ginza Line
    7min. walk from Ginza Sta.
    7min. walk from Kyobashi Sta.
  • Mita Line
    5min. walk from Hibiya Sta.