Architecture: Azabudai

Tokyo architecture is a havoc of shredded geometry scattered over a thick crust of postmodernism, remains of extravagant bubble period construction boom. It's a pixel city rich on unintentional gems and brilliant quirks straight out of Memphis Milano catalog, but a mystical portal at Azabudai has drown some of the oddest.

Pass the orange of Tokyo Tower, disappointingly faceless headquarters of the local Masonic Center, sharing a roof with Disney Channel, and there it is, Odyssey 2001 monolith of a building, NOA. Built in 1974, the tower is one of very few realized projects by one time philosophy student at Berlin University, Seiichi Shirai—an enigmatic, mysterious, and sadly very little known humanist architect. Cross a street and there is another architectural anomaly camouflaged by unassuming buildings mash-up from outside, Reiyūkai Temple. Built just a year later, a gigantic angular steel and granite structure is yin to NOA's yang. In addition to an otherworldly, Dune Chronicles appearance, a home to pro-military neo-Buddhist new religion apparently also stores 400 ton emergency water reserve underneath.

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