Asakusa Culture and Tourist Information Centre
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Takeshi Yamagishi
Located in the corner premise of just 326sqm across Kaminari-mon Gate, this building was required to accommodate plural programs such as tourist information center, conference room, multi-purpose hall, and an exhibition space.
With diagonal shaped storage spaces are placed in between the roof and the floor, Kengo Kuma could secure large air volume despite having the conventional building height. The first and the second floor are connected through an atrium, resulting in a sequence from which you can feel the slope of the two roofs while travelling up through the stairs. On the 6th floor, taking advantage of the slanted roof, they were able to set up a terraced floor which the entire room can function as a theater. 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.