21-21 Design Sight

21-21 Design Sight, Tokyo, Japan, Tadao Ando
Construction year: 2007
Address: 9 Chome-7-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku | TOKYO | Japan | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 35.6667, 139.73

Tokyo Midtown is the home of Design Sight 21-21, a design gallery/workshop created by fashion designer Issey Miyake and architect Tadao Ando. “The idea was to create not only a museum that shows exhibits,” says Ando, “but also a place for researching the potentiality of design as an element that enriches our daily life, a place that fosters the public’s interest in design by arousing in them different sights and perspectives on how we can view the world and the objects surrounding us.


The building, designed by Ando, is on the edge of the park area, and features 1,700 square meters (18,300 sq ft) of floor space, including two galleries and an attached cafe run by chef and restaurateur Takamasa Uetake. The split-level concrete structure includes a hand-sanded steel roof (whose design was inspired by Issey Miyake’s A-POC (“A Piece of Cloth”) concept) and 14-meter long glass panels.

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