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Concrete Tower House

Tower House Azuma, built by Japanese architect Takamitsu, was built in 1966 on a very small plot. The house is growing around six floors of stairs to provide a living space of 65 square meters. The building has become a fascinating portrait of how Japanese society has tackled urban and social changes over the past few decades.

Once completed, the raw-concrete tower could have been considered the “skyscraper” of Jingumae, overtopping by far the adjacent buildings. Nowadays the house has been relativized by its neighbours, and we may make the mistake to associate it with the numerous “miniature house” which are that popularly featured on ArchEyes. The Tower House is a fascinating portrait of how Japan society has dealt with the urban and social changes in the last few decades.