Partial Demolition: Tokyo Lamerndmark´s
by Yoshiro Taniguchi and Hideo Kosaka, Tokyo, Japan, 1962
DATE: 27/3/2015
The main wing of Tokyo´s Hotel Okura will be replaced with new, glass towers in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

"A favorite among American ambassadors and the political set, Tokyo´s Hotel Okura has lived up to its landmark reputation for more than five decades. Originally opened in 1962, two years before the Tokyo Olympics, the hotel embodies Japanese design aesthetics with modern touches. This summer, its main wing will be demolished to begin a $1 billion update that adds 550 rooms within two glass towers and is expected to be built in time for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. The hotel´s younger (by eleven years) south wing will remain in operation during the entirety of construction, and with the new addition, will comprise the Okura. Plans for the demolition have garnered attention, including the creation of a "Save the Okura" petition by design magazine Monocle.

Architects Yoshiro Taniguchi and Hideo Kosaka, who designed the hotel, fused it traditional Japanese motifs like plum blossoms and diamond shapes with modernist decor and geometric latticework. Hiroshi Matsukuma, head of modernist-architecture preservation group docomomo Japan, told the Washington Post earlier this week that the Okura signified Japan´s reentry to the world stage after World War II."

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