in tokyo’s ginza district, makoto takei + chie nabeshima / TNA has completed a slender seven-storey structure at the corner of a prominent intersection. the façade of the building, which contains a variety of different retail outlets, comprises a steel grid that offers varying degrees of transparency. the tower’s outdoor, but sheltered, circulation routes remain visible from the passing street, while frosted glass is used to obscure views into other areas of the scheme. the project, which took seven years to complete, was first featured on designboom here.

makoto takei chie nabeshima TNA
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as the owner of the building runs a chopstick store, architects makoto takei and chie nabeshima decided it was appropriate that the structure also featured delicate dimensions. consequently, the tower — which occupies a plot measuring just 6×10 meters — relates in size and scale to its neighbor, a residential structure made from brick. internally, glazed walls provide views of the bustling streets below, while wooden floors help establish a warm and inviting atmosphere. by night, the building glows from within, standing as a prominent landmark for the neighborhood.

makoto takei chie nabeshima TNA
the project is located in tokyo’s ginza district

makoto takei chie nabeshima TNA
the slender seven-storey structure is situated at the corner of a prominent intersection

makoto takei chie nabeshima TNA
the façade of the building comprises a steel grid

makoto takei chie nabeshima TNA
the elevation offers varying degrees of transparency

makoto takei chie nabeshima TNA
the tower’s outdoor, but sheltered, circulation routes remain visible from the passing street

makoto takei chie nabeshima TNA
wooden floors help establish a warm and inviting atmosphere

makoto takei chie nabeshima TNA
the tower relates in size and scale to its neighbor, a residential structure made from brick

makoto takei chie nabeshima TNA
by night, the building glows from within

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