Cultural clarity: Cultural and tourist information centre, Tokyo by Kengo Kuma Associates.
Text: Detail Daily
The recently opened Culture and tourist information centre by Kengo Kuma Associates looks to create a new type of layered architecture. The concept is to pile-up buildings from the surrounding Asakusa district extending it's liveliness vertically. The irregular façade suggests a series of roofs, each of which enclose a particular activity beneath.
The first and second floors have an an atrium space and when travelling between the spaces one can feel how the “sandwiched” roofs affect the space. The floor to ceiling heights vary between levels which give the external façade a pleasing irregularity as well as unique internal spaces.