Friday, January 14, 2011

Tall and Thin

Tokyo has some pretty cool but weird looking buildings. Sure Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world, and some pretty cool ones to boot (the HSBC building is a fully collapsible and moveable building!!); but Tokyo has some very unique and often strange looking buildings. I assume often it is out of necessity, but other times, I just scratch my head and think why so crazy looking? Most often I'm confused by the tall and thin buildings.

Actually, according to Guinness Book of World Records, they claim that a building in my home town of Vancouver actually is the world's thinnest building. This may be true, but it doesn't look impressive. In fact, walking past it, you wouldn't even know it was, since it's physically attached to the building behind it, and it's only 2 stories.

In Tokyo, they have not only thin, but tall buildings. The first picture is of a residential home. Don't you just want to go inside and see how they live in such a narrow space? I bet it's cool inside though. Tons of unique storage areas, and totally custom made cabinets and furniture. The other picture is of an actual functional business building in Shibuya, just across the street from Seibu Dept. Store. So thin (maybe 10ft wide?) but look how tall it is? Insane in the membrane!!

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