SUBWAY STATION IIDABASHI by Makoto Sei Watanabe (2000) Humax Pavilion Shibuya by Studio Arch Hiroyuki Wakabayashi (1993) Aoyama Technical College by Makoto Sei Watanabe (1990) Syntax by Shin Takamatsu (1990) Communication and Recreation Plaza “Nanohana-Kan” by Takasaki Masaharu (1998) Kamiyubetsu Folk Museum by Toyokazu Watanabe (1996) Flying Mud Boat by Terunobu Fujimori (2010) Soft and Hairy House by Ushida Findlay (1994) Kihoku Astronomical Museum by Masaharu Takasaki (1995) Shomyo Kindergarten by Masaharu Takasaki (1995)

13 Works of Japan’s Anime Architecture

Anime have been a major genre of popular entertainment  in Japan dating back to 1917. The country’s unique style of animation, or anime, came into its own in the 1960s — notably in the pioneering work of Osamu Tezuka. In the 1990’s, a generation of architects, who came of age watching anime on television, were granted license to build fantastic creations fueled by the excess and lack of restraint that characterized Japan’s asset bubble. Since that era, Japanese architects have produced fantastical edifices that clearly owe a great deal of their creative inspiration to the country’s anime aesthetics.

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Shingeki No Kyojin, definitely one of the greatest anime of 2013, if not the greatest. Although I find it a bit overhyped, it’s a great anime with a unique story and interesting characters. Compared to the manga, the art is quite detailed and satisfying. The OST is quite epic too, so it’s an anime definitely worth watching.

When humanity was in danger by the titans, large walls were built in order to protect humanity. The walls reach about 50m of height and reach four or five times a human’s height below the ground. There are 3 Walls: Wall Maria, Wall Rose and Wall Sina. Wall Maria is the outermost wall of the human kingdom. Wall Rose is the second outermost wall following Wall Maria. The distance between Wall Rose and Wall Maria is 100 km, and the distance between Wall Rose and Wall Sina is 130 km. Wall Sina is the innermost wall protecting the kingdom where the king and other civilians reside. In the edges of the walls there are also small districts where small towns are located.

bloo-rose asked:
heyyy, I'm working on a thesis that's about "architectural education through animated video games". I don't know if you have any information about that, but since we're both architecture students who love anime I thought maybe you'll also know anything that can help? Thanks for the awesome blog (You're on my reference list in this book ♥ )

Hey thanks for the kind words! I really appreciate it. That’s an interesting thesis, I bet you’ll do a great work. I don’t play video games unfortunately, so I really can’t help you on this. But I would really love to see the finished work. Could you please share it when you are finished? I would be really interested. 

Anonymous asked:
Have you seen any of the Universal Century Gundam shows? The O'Neill Cylinders (space colonies) are a mainstay, and would probably be very interesting to live in, and to boot its a real design for colonies too.

No I haven’t seen them yet. I remember reading somewhere about the O’Neill Cylinders, but I had forgotten what they were called, thanks for reminding! They are indeed quite interesting, with futuristic designs.

Watamote or Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! is one of my favorite comedy/slice of life anime in 2013. The episodes are quite fun but sometimes painful to watch. I love the bits of comedy, parody and Tomoko’s epic fantasies. The visual style is quite interesting, with some weird imagery and playful color schemes. One thing I really loved was the oddly angled lightning, which I’ve never seen in any anime. The architecture is quite plain and simple, with the odd interior perspectives being the highlight. I found it quite interesting when Tomoko’s room switched to plan view. 

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. I really wasn’t expecting this series to be this dark and deep. Although I would prefer if the character design was a bit different, (that kawaii loli isn’t my thing) but I guess moe sells. I really liked the unique animation style they used in the witches realm. It looked like an animated “moving” collage. Architecture here is quite fluid with glass designs which give us a futuristic feel. Madoka’s school looks so cool, with those glass-made classrooms, spiral stairs and that awesome rooftop. The use of glass makes it look like a futuristic world and the backgrounds look quite neat.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. One of the greatest fantasy shounen anime, ever. In the beginning I was quite sceptical on watching it, because I really don’t like long anime series but now I regret I didn’t watch it earlier. Definitely a must watch for everyone. The story is so great, the music is superb and the animation is pretty neat. Amestris is the country that serves as the main setting of Fullmetal Alchemist. Amestris is composed by several former nations, quite diverse in culture and religion. The largest city in Amestris is Central City which has a radial urban plan and kinda reminds me of Palmanova town in Italy. The buildings are plain and organised, typical for 19th century.

Ghost In The Shell. Definitely stands as most likely as one of the best in overall and most influential cyberpunk work in movie history. Cinematography is masterful, the animation is so detailed and the music couldn’t be better. Director, Mamoru Oshii was looking for a model of the city of the future and he turned to the cityscape of Hong Kong for his inspiration. He did a great job in turning the real-life streets of Hong Kong into hyper-stylized, dreamlike city of the future. A city set in 2029 as imagined in 1995.

Spirited Away. The Studio Ghibli masterpiece which became the highest-grossing film in Japanese history. And it’s obvious why. If you haven’t seen it already, go watch it! It is a journey full of fantasy and adventures that you will hardly forget. The art is mesmerizing, with insane details, great color scheme and light. The buildings have typical Japanese architecture and the interiors are so rich in details, with corridors lined with vases. I mean look at those vases! Definitely a must-see for all the anime lovers and not only.

Well depending on the anime I’ve watched, I haven’t seen many utopic communities in anime.
The first anime series that came to my mind is No.6. The life in this city is organised and peaceful, reminding an utopic community. No.6 has a radial city plan with the Moon Drop Tower being the center of the city.
There are some other anime, that they don’t necessarily show utopic and ideal communities but I believe they have utopic urban design.
Tokyo-3 in Evangelion 1.11. It’s an organised city, arranged in 5 blocks  which are capable of quickly being retracted beneath the surface at the Geofront, in order to protect the citizens from the Angel attacks.

Another city with quite futuristic and why not utopic design is Neo Tokyo in the movie Akira. The comunity and society here is far from utopic, but I find the urban design quite futuristic and utopic.

And last there is Ghost in the Shell movie and the dreamlike design of Hong Kong, which reminds me of an ideal, utopic city.
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Well depending on the anime I’ve watched, I haven’t seen many utopic communities in anime.

The first anime series that came to my mind is No.6. The life in this city is organised and peaceful, reminding an utopic community. No.6 has a radial city plan with the Moon Drop Tower being the center of the city.image

There are some other anime, that they don’t necessarily show utopic and ideal communities but I believe they have utopic urban design.

Tokyo-3 in Evangelion 1.11. It’s an organised city, arranged in 5 blocks  which are capable of quickly being retracted beneath the surface at the Geofront, in order to protect the citizens from the Angel attacks.

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Another city with quite futuristic and why not utopic design is Neo Tokyo in the movie Akira. The comunity and society here is far from utopic, but I find the urban design quite futuristic and utopic.

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And last there is Ghost in the Shell movie and the dreamlike design of Hong Kong, which reminds me of an ideal, utopic city.

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yonosoyfriki asked:
Hi, I really like your tumblr, I was wondering if you would post something about the architecture in Studio Ghibli's films, they're pretty cool :)

Hey thank you! Studio Ghibli films are just fantastic and I was planing to post something about them, but I’ve been quite busy with finals these days so I didn’t have much time. I will post something in the next days. Have a nice day :)

Shibusen, the Death Weapon Meister Academy in Soul EaterAt first glance, the Academy can be said to have a rather eccentric appearance, looking a bit like a large funhouse rather than a school. Standing on a large platform which can be accessed by a long line of white steps, the school is comprised of a collection of large black towers and spires patterned with white lines and the occasional Shinigami mask. The roofs of the towers are conical and bright red in color. Enormous candles poke out of shafts along the circumference of the buildings. Strangely, the flames of these candles never go out, and the candles never shorten. The Academy’s most distinguishing feature however, are the three large Shinigami skulls lined up at the entrance. The Academy is quite big inside and contains many long corridors with arched ceilings and lamps to light the way and staircases. Shibusen is infamous for its winding corridors, many passageways and long staircases.

The GeoFront in Rebuild of Evangelion. The GeoFront is a massive subterranean cavity, underneath Tokyo-3. The Nerv Headquarters building complex was build in the center of the GeoFront. The GeoFront is a massive sphere, with a wide disk centered in the roof. Within the center of this flattened disk is the “Ceiling City” of Tokyo-3’s movable buildings poking downwards as they are retracted below the surface. In the exact center of this cavern there is a deep trench, shaped like an inverted pyramid which underground instalations of the Nerv HQ building descend into. The above floor level pyramid-shaped Nerv HQ building is located slightly off-center, extending off of the central trench.

Ohtori Academy entrance hall in Revolutionary Girl Utena.

Can you actually imagine attending a school like this? It would be like a dream.

Aku No Hana. A strangely impressive anime. Unlike many fans of the manga that dropped the anime because of the rotoscope animation style, I actually watched it and loved it even more because of the rotoscope! The characters don’t resemble the manga but are more realistic and have a unique style, different from the typical anime style. The soundtrack is very impressive and fits well in the anime series.  The backgrounds are also quite realistic and detailed with a typical Japanese architecture of a small town.