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Bioarchitecture – Subway Station in Iidabashi

Posted in Places by tokyobling on January 8, 2012

Tucked away on the backstreets of a minor Tokyo neighborhood in between Iidabashi and Korakuen is one of the exits to the Toei Oedo line’s Iidabashi station. Next to it is one of several functional subway venting towers, or chimneys for the subways. Usually these vents are hidden aways as best as possible and you wouldn’t know where to find them but this one has been decorated with something the architect himself describe as organic architecture, a theme that is extend along the entire subway line and into the stations, more or less noticeable. I happened to pass there yesterday and was a bit amazed by this building on an otherwise quite backstreet.





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  1. andy1076 said, on January 8, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Looks like something out of a sci fi movie lol 😀

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    • tokyobling said, on January 10, 2012 at 12:20 am

      Thanks Andy, it sure does! (^-^)

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  2. JUURI said, on January 8, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Oh my goodness! Such an unexpected, beautiful surprise! Even on a back street! Not bad, Tokyo~ ^^

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    • tokyobling said, on January 10, 2012 at 12:21 am

      Tokyo has done it again! (^-^)

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  3. Timi said, on January 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Reminds me of a giant insect..as if those ellipses were some sort of eyes 😀

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    • tokyobling said, on January 10, 2012 at 12:21 am

      Me too! But according to the architect it is supposed to be a tree…!

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  4. Slouching Somewhere said, on January 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    This is fantastic! It looks like it’s going to transform or come to life any second. 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on January 10, 2012 at 12:22 am

      Oh, what a nice concept, a transformer building…!

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  5. kes said, on January 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    ‘Kamen rider lets go !!’
    It could become the next kamen rider’s HQ. 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on January 10, 2012 at 12:23 am

      Maybe it already is? I wonder where their HQ is supposed to be though? On the TV shows it always looks like some sort of industrial area…

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  6. pk1154 said, on January 9, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Wow.

    That. Is. Awesome.

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    • tokyobling said, on January 10, 2012 at 12:24 am

      It’s not Detroit but it’s pretty cool!

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  7. DoF@theinfill said, on January 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Very interesting shapes – really like the shot from under/behind showing how the vanes lie across the disc design. Lovely, many thanks for sharing this info 😉

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    • tokyobling said, on January 10, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Thank you! Yes, it is a cool building, carefully hid on a back street…

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  8. halfcrazygirl said, on January 16, 2012 at 2:16 am

    interesting structure…

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    • tokyobling said, on January 16, 2012 at 3:53 am

      Thanks for the comment! (^-^)/

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  9. Schedim said, on March 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Coolness! It looks like something from a late golden age SF novel! Robots mimicing organic life… there is something itching far back in my mind.. a book? a magazine? … something it is!

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