Tokyo's Glass Palaces .

Tokyo International Forum


Located in Tokyo’s Marunouchi Ward , the Tokyo International Forum was opened to the public on January 10th , 1997 . The majority owner of the company administering the Tokyo International Forum is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government . It was designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly , and it was built at the former site of the Tokyo City Hall ( before it was moved to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building , in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward , in 1991 . The closest train station is JR Yurakucho station , though it can accessed from JR Tokyo station through an underground passage . The Glass Hall building features swooping curves of steel truss and glass ; it’s exterior is shaped like an elongated boat .


Conference rooms are located on the Yurakucho station side of the Glass Hall . There’s a ramp running clock wise on the sides of the Glass Hall . Through this ramp it is possible to access the top floor of the Glass Hall . There are foot bridges connecting this ramp , the adjacent events halls building and the conference rooms . Beware if you’re going to take pictures inside the Glass Hall , as it is a functioning business building . Tripod use is only possible with prior authorization . Depending on the conference rooms usage , there are times that access to the foot bridges is restricted .


The National Art Center , Tokyo


The National Art Center , Tokyo , is a museum located in the Roppongi district of Minato Ward in Tokyo . The building was designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa . It was opened to the public on January 21st , 2007 . Unlike Japan's other national art museums, NACT is an 'empty museum', without a collection, permanent display, and curators. Like Kunsthalle in German-speaking regions, it accommodates temporary exhibitions sponsored and curated by other organizations. There’s a direct access , exit number 6 , from Nogizaka station , on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line or you can walk from Roppongi station , either on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line or Toei Oedo line . The museum is adjacent to the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and close to the Tokyo Midtown shopping complex and the Tokyo Ritz Carlton hotel . The museum is closed every Tuesday .

The curved steel and glass exterior is a distinctive feature of the museum’s architecture .

Café: Salon de Thé ROND (2F)

Café: Salon de Thé ROND (2F)

Another distinctive architectural feature of the museum is the restaurant / cafe area situated close it’s entrance . There are 2 inverted cones in which are situated the Café: Salon de Thé ROND , on the 2nd floor , and the BRASSERIE PAUL BOCUSE Le Musée , on the 3rd floor .



With citations from Wikipedia .