Covering the building entirely in glass with skylights above offers unbeatable daylighting — to the point where it almost seems that people are working outside during the day. At night, when the lights are on, the glass building shines like a diamond. The strange thing is that glass buildings are not very common in earthquake-prone Japan. In fact, Ishigami specifically did not design any earthquake-resistant walls, which seems unpractical and completely unsustainable. While we love the design of the building and the flood of natural daylight it provides, we’d hate to see it end up as shards of glass when the next big earthquake hits Tokyo.
Photo Credits: ©Iwan Baan