garden, architecture, art


A quiet residential area is formed along with the rich natural environment from Daikanyama Station on the Toyoko Line, which is located between Shibuya River and Meguro River, to Hachiman-dori and Kyu-Yamate-dori. In the Edo period, the place name “Daikanyama” appeared, and there are various theories about Daikanyama, such as the theory that there was a mansion of the Daikan and the theory that there was a forest managed by the Daikan. As shown in the Edo Famous Views, the view from the slope near the Meguro River was good, and it was considered the best place to see Mt. Fuji. Many of the local feudal lords built a mansion in Daikanyama because it prospered as a holiday resort and because of its good terrain. After the war, embassies of other countries acquired the mansion, and the cityscape and atmosphere of Daikanyama will change to a very sophisticated and international atmosphere. Take a stroll while looking at the buildings and greenery on Old Yamate-dori, which is also the main street of Daikanyama where the Danish Embassy, ​​the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the Malaysian Embassy are lined up.

Daikanyama Hillside Terrace is an irresistible building enthusiast who continues to deeply influence the establishment of “Daikanyama” by creating urban culture through the architectural space created by architect Fumihiko Maki and the programs developed there. Hillside Terrace is a complex building consisting of houses, shops and offices, and was constructed in stages from 1967 to 1992 in several stages. This project is a case study showing the progress of urban development, but each period has changed according to the lessons learned and new demands associated with the expansion of the city. It can be said that this is a record of changes in the way of thinking over a quarter century. The hillside terrace is consistent in that it is an attempt to integrate modern construction methods with the more traditional Japanese planning methods, namely considering and respecting the peculiarities and limitations of a given site.

The Danish Embassy is located on Old Yamate Dori next to Hillside Terrace Building D. The designer is Fumihiko Maki, who is the same as Hillside Terrace. Originally, it was sold on the construction of the D and E buildings on the same land, but he said he searched for a buyer under the condition of “making Mr. Maki design”. There is a history that the land was acquired by Denmark as an embassy site and designed by Maki General Planning Office.

The former Asakura family housing, which is an important cultural property, was built in 1918 by Mr. Torajiro Asakura, who has held the position of chairman of the Tokyo Prefectural Assembly and Shibuya Ward. You can visit the charming 2-story building of the Taisho era and the stroll garden. This house is one of the few Japanese-style houses before the Great Kanto Earthquake located in central Tokyo. The main building is on the north side of the site, the storehouse is on the west side, and the annexes such as garages are on the east side. The roof of the main building has a tiled roof, the outer wall is covered with clapboard, and partially plastered. As for the indoor floor, the tatami mat and the tatami mat are unified, but there is a feature in the design of the tea room.

The restaurant Hiramatsu Italian restaurant “Ristorante ASO” was opened in Daikanyama in 1997, where people and history were set up in the early Showa era.

Daikanyama T-SITE is a redevelopment of a former residence of NTT and an airline company after the residence of the Tokugawa family in Mito. With a theme of a forest that adults can relax in the morning, a library in the forest, and a town created by a bookstore, there are 3 Tsutaya bookstores, a pet shop, a camera shop, a gallery, and a restaurant on a vast 12,000-square-meter site. IVY PLACE is lined up. It is a space where you can spend a leisurely time while looking up at the large zelkova that has been around since the Tokugawa period.

CHEZ LUI, a single-family restaurant that stands quietly in a quiet residential area of ​​Daikanyama

Saigoyama Park is designed using the slope from the old Yamate-dori to the Meguro River, which is a famous place for cherry blossoms in Tokyo. You can also see Mt. Fuji on a clear winter day. The park is elevated, so you can see the cityscape of Meguro. Originally, it was named after it was a villa of Saigo Tendo, the younger brother of Saigo Takamori.

Designed by Shimizu Corporation, the Malaysian Embassy, ​​which received the Tokyo Architecture Award for the highest award, has a symmetric wall decoration with a geometric arabesque pattern that embodies Islamic culture.

SPAZIO CREAZIONE is a gallery that exhibits art works in Kounkaku on the hill of Daikanyama, but it can also be used as a rental space for photography and video shooting, exhibitions, seminars, conferences and workshops.

FC Barcelona’s home ground and the holy ground of soccer, Camp Nou, was designed by Nikken Sekkei to design the Tokyo College of Music Nakameguro / Daikanyama Campus. Aiming at a design that is in harmony with the surroundings and the cityscape, the low-rise part uses a soft concrete outer wall of a cedar board real formwork.

Auther:Mamiko Kusano

CREAZIONE Co.Ltd. Director
From Tokyo
2006 Established CREAZIONE Co. Ltd. I mainly work on branding, digital branding, space design, and furniture design.