Tokyo Damage Report

weird buildings of Hiroo

OK, the other day I discovered the most alarming intersection.

東京都 港区 西麻布1-14 (tokyo-to, minato-ku, nishi-azabu 1-14)

It’s located at the southern tip of Aoyama Cemetary, near Roppongi.

Seriously, Google Map that shit. Go for a walk. You won’t be disapointed.

Pretty much every building surrounding this intersection is fucked.

It’s like the intersection was some sort of architechtural black-hole that sucked all the funny-looking buildings in the whole city directly into its maw.

Or perhaps it’s some kind of Bermuda Triangle, kind of thing: A CURRRRSED intersection that emits some sort of, I don’t know,  supernatural radiation that, over time, warps and deforms all the buildings in its circumference.

Check this out: looks normal enough, right? A very sturdy, square concrete building. Right?

 But on the side view?

Only 3 inches wide! Waaacky! OK, Nishi-azabu 1-14, what else you got?

 The apartment that is being eroded from within? By gibbering non-Euclidian angles? What else?


 What the hell even IS that thing? It looks like the lair of some Bond Villain who is also working at Ikea nights, and perhaps it will later fold into some giant origami hat-rack.

 Keep in mind, these buildings are all RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER.





 If you start at that intersection, and go SOUTH on the main road, heading towards HIROO, there are more funny-looking buildings.

I  guess that makes sense, because Hiroo, like Aoyama and Harajuku is a kind of rich-people neighborhood where wanky architechture is a way for the rich to show off.

Which makes the Nishi-azabu 1-14 intersection even more weird – it’s NOT in a chi-chi neighborhood: it’s between a USA army base and a damn graveyard.

Anyway, like I said, if you walk south you can see this guy:


 And one of TOkyo’s many fake-gaudi houses:

 Below, more  photos of the road south from Hiroo:




 Above, probably the only building where the wackiness is SUPPOSED to be funny:

the building is a HOUSE REMODELING firm-  you call them if your house is in bad shape.

below, an INSANE geometric math-problem of a house next to Roppongi Hills:

 Look at how many different angles there are on this monstrosity. Also check out how the architect playfully made the outdoor stairs "continue"

up the side of the building (left side, halfway up)

 Below, veterinary hospital / cubist painting, near Sendagaya sports center:

 OOH SHIIIIT, we’re suddenly moving to Ichigaya!



 Below, ANOTHER fake-gaudi, also in ichigaya:

 I think this one is my favorite, because it looks like the building started out as a nice normal Tokyo ferroconcrete rabbit-hutch but the gaudi was like a cancer that is gradually METASTATIZING  over the whole thing.






 Finally, a shot of the skyline around  Nippori:


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  1. Spike September 25th, 2009 2:27 pm

    i actually like the one which says ‘luglio’ on it.

  2. Sophisto September 25th, 2009 4:16 pm

    Could this be some sort of protective architectural natural selection? The result being coloring and structure that would be considered to taste bad to atomic Kaiju.

    Thanks for highlighting these strange configurations of earthquake resistant human packaging.

  3. Ryan September 26th, 2009 4:40 am

    These pictures are ace, and bring back a lot of memories of my last adventure in Japan. Why is that so many buildings have this crazy Gaudi-esque thing going on – bizarre!

  4. Jeroen September 26th, 2009 4:51 am

    You have one of the coolest websites/blogs online atm.

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