Tokyo International Forum
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Architect Rafael Vinoly
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Location Tokyo, Japan   map
Date 1989 competition, completed 1996.   timeline
Building Type exhibition hall, conference center
 Construction System steel frame and megatruss, glass curtain wall
Climate warm temperate
Context urban center
Style High-Tech Modern
Notes A gracefully expressive great curving ship shape in glass and steel, set off across its plaza with blocky recalls the scale of other European supporting halls. Next door to Tokyo Station.


Photo, exterior, overview from street

Photo, interior, main hall structure

Photo, interior, great hall


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Discussion Tokyo International Forum Commentary

"Vinoly has likened the Glass Hall to nineteenth-century public spaces; indeed like arcades: both the Milan Galleria and the Crystal Palace are recalled in this immense, awesome space with its monumental staircases and shimmering bridges and ramps, that are almost Piranesian in scale.

"The Plaza itself recalls the scale of other European models like the Piazza Navona in Rome, and the whole ensemble has been compared to the symbolic presence of the Sydney Opera House, or to the grandeur of the Parisian Eiffel Tower."

— Ivor Richards, "Space Odyssey", The Architectural Review, 1197, November 1996.

Sources on Tokyo International Forum

Ivor Richards, "Space Odyssey", The Architectural Review, 1197, November 1996. excellent commentary and extensive photos and drawings.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Tokyo International Forum


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