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21 21 DESIGN SIGHT

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Akasaka / Roppongi
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Address: 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato 107-0052, Tokyo Prefecture
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Scholar-Led Architectural Walking Tour: Harajuku, Omotesando and Roppongi
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It's always a true pleasure to visit this place

The location is easy to get, the building is beautiful. There is no permanent collection, but the Ando architecture of the building itself is worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 January 2017
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice architecture by Tadao Ando, but the museum isn't actually that big, it really only does a single exhibit at a time with no available archive or permanent collection. As a result, your enjoyment will really depend on the show that's on when you visit... I wasn't bowled over by the one I saw, but it changes every few months... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

The location is easy to get, the building is beautiful. There is no permanent collection, but the Ando architecture of the building itself is worth a visit.

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

There was a Frank Gehry retrospective when I was there and the museum displayed the various building models, thought process and works of Gehry beautifully. Very interesting architecture with the majority of the museum underground. Very close to Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Tadao Ando design hence great use of concrete and light. Always interesting well curated exhibitions. Next door to a great open space behind Tokyo Midtown, with interesting shops and food outlets. Busy on week ends with local families.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Within walking distance from the Roponggi station (just follow directions scattered in the station and outside, otw to the place, roughly 15 mins walk), it's in a chi chi area of Roponggi. The place itself is not big, but the exhibition they had when I visited (design anatomy) was an eye-opener, nicely curated, and bilingual. They have a small gift... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Great design by Ando. It's a nice sight to visit while in Tokyo. Has a nice garden surrounding that is really relaxing in many ways.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Great modern building by Ando who seems to build all of the great modern gallery buildings in Japan. Very interesting exhibition about the interface between engineering and design. Well worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

The building, from Tadao Ando, is interesting.... but the entrance fee was quite expensive for the exhibition displayed (civil engineer). Ok if you are around the area and have money and time to spend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Who thinks a civil engineering show would fascinate a 60+ Aussie woman? Though I had my suspicions I had a wonderful time and learned a lot. That's always my experience here: even if I think it's unlikely I always find the shows here beautifully researched, curated and presented. There are always adults and children here: the exhibitions seem so well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This small museum was definitely worth visiting for those who are fans of Tadao Ando's architecture. A crisp minimal space with a lovely surrounding garden. We enjoyed the exhibition on Civil Engineering in Japan. It allowed us some insight into the infrastructure of the country.

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Akasaka / Roppongi
Not so long ago the Akasaka and Roppongi areas were famous for their nightlife, high-class restaurants, bars and clubs. More recently, with the opening of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sacas, the area has declared itself as the most fashionable spot to be seen. The area also hosts the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum and lots of trendy art galleries.
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