Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
This visitor centre in Tokyo by Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates looks like a stack of smaller buildings with sloping roofs.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Named the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center, the building is located near the outer gate to ancient Buddhist temple Sensō-ji, which was constructed in the sixth century and is the oldest of its kind in the city.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Horizontal slices divide the tower’s eight main storeys, creating sloping ceilings in conference rooms and an exhibition space, as well as a tiered floor inside the multi-purpose hall.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Wooden louvres shade each of the four glass elevations and are spaced differently depending on the shade and privacy required by the rooms inside.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Surfaces inside the building are also timber-clad and balconies are located on two of the upper floors.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Kengo Kuma & Associates also recently completed a pharmacy and clinic  with plants sprouting through its facade – see it here.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Photography is by Takeshi Yamagishi.
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In the corner premise of just 326sqm across Kaminari-mon Gate, the building was required to accommodate plural programs such as tourist information center, conference room, multi-purpose hall and an exhibition space.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
The center extends Asakusa’s lively neighborhood vertically and piles up roofs that wrap different activities underneath, creating a “new section” which had not existed in conventional layered architecture.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Equipments are stored in the diagonally shaped spaces born between the roof and the floor, and by this treatment we could secure large air volume despite its just average height for high-and medium-rise buildings.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Furthermore, the roofs not only divide the structure into 8 one-storied houses but also determine the role of each floor.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
First and second floor has an atrium and in-door stairs, creating a sequence from which you can feel the slope of the two roofs.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
On 6th floor, taking advantage of the slanted roof, we were able to set up a terraced floor with which the entire room can function as a theater.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
As angles of the roofs inclined toward Kaminari-mon and the heights from the ground vary from floor to floor, each floor relates differently to the outside, giving a unique character to each space.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Design team: Kengo Kuma, Teppei Fujiwara, Masafumi Harigai, Okayama Naoki, Kiyoaki Takeda, Masaru Shuku, Erina Kuryu, Hiroaki Saito
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Structural engineering: Makino Structural design
Electrical engineering: Kankyo Engineering inc.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Mechanical engineering: Kankyo Engineering inc.
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Site supervision: Kengo Kuma, Teppei Fujiwara, Masafumi Harigai, Masaru Shuku, Erina Kuryu
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Lighting design: Izumi Okayasu Lighting design
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Curtain design: Ando Yoko Design
Sign design: TOKYO PISTO
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Client: Taito city
Site area: 326.23sqm
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Built area: 234.13sqm
Total floor area: 2159.52sqm
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Cost: 1,187,392,500 JPY (tax included)
Design phase: January 2009~January 2010
Construction phase: August 2010 – February 2012
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Materials:
Facade: Double glazing glass curtain wall, Wooden Louver
Roof: Galvalume steel sheet
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center by Kengo Kuma & Associates