Tokyo is one of the most modern and fashionable city in the world. Daikanyama is even one of the most fashionable town in Tokyo. If you have enough time, you might just take relax with coffee at cafe and reading some books, ah maybe some DVD. Actually you can do all together in one time at Daikanyama.
Named “DAIKANYAMA T-SITE” the location is exceptionally well designed and features shops, a lounge bar-restaurant, and a large Tsutaya (book shop and media rental company) that pulls all the components in together. That ‘T’ stands for rental chain Tsutaya, whose seemingly bottomless pockets helped fund the kind of book emporium that most capital cities can only dream of. It’s easy to lose hours thumbing through the selections here, which include a good range of English-language titles, art books, antique tomes and magazine back issues. Apart from being an amazing space in itself however, the entire complex goes against the majority of current models as it pushes print over digital, rents movies over the counter and is focused on attracting what they describe as a Premium Age demographic made up of those 50 and over.
Designed by Klein Dytham, the same architects behind Shiseido the Ginza, the architects managed to win the project against 70 others who pitched. After being whittled down to a final eleven featuring an all star list of architects in Japan including Kengo Kuma and Atelier Bow-Wow amongst others, Klein Dytham won the contract through their T-themed design. The three central buildings all feature the T-shape and the building cladding itself made up of tessellated Ts, all representing the Tsutaya brand that is the center piece of the entire complex. Interesting? Please check it out!