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21 21 DESIGN SIGHT

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Address: 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato 107-0052, Tokyo Prefecture
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Scholar-Led Architectural Walking Tour: Harajuku, Omotesando and Roppongi
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I visited the 'Athlete' exhibition at the museum and was completely blown away. First things first, I'm an athlete, not by profession, but I've always been into sport and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jacqui M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the 'Athlete' exhibition at the museum and was completely blown away. First things first, I'm an athlete, not by profession, but I've always been into sport and currently run marathons, so this exhibition was always going to be a hit with me as it celebrates the skill of the athlete. The exhibition managed to do this in an... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

21 21 Design Sight is just few minutes’ walk to Tokyo Midtown so usually I will stop by to see if there’s any interesting exhibitions. The gallery shop and entrance is on the ground floor and the main exhibition hall is located on the basement. The building’s roof top appeared as a kite shaped facing downwards and it’s an eye... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Nice architecture by Tadao Ando, but the museum isn't actually that big, it really only does a single exhibit at a time with no available archive or permanent collection. As a result, your enjoyment will really depend on the show that's on when you visit... I wasn't bowled over by the one I saw, but it changes every few months... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

The location is easy to get, the building is beautiful. There is no permanent collection, but the Ando architecture of the building itself is worth a visit.

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Mountain View, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

There was a Frank Gehry retrospective when I was there and the museum displayed the various building models, thought process and works of Gehry beautifully. Very interesting architecture with the majority of the museum underground. Very close to Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown area.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Tadao Ando design hence great use of concrete and light. Always interesting well curated exhibitions. Next door to a great open space behind Tokyo Midtown, with interesting shops and food outlets. Busy on week ends with local families.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Within walking distance from the Roponggi station (just follow directions scattered in the station and outside, otw to the place, roughly 15 mins walk), it's in a chi chi area of Roponggi. The place itself is not big, but the exhibition they had when I visited (design anatomy) was an eye-opener, nicely curated, and bilingual. They have a small gift... More 

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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Great design by Ando. It's a nice sight to visit while in Tokyo. Has a nice garden surrounding that is really relaxing in many ways.

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Reviewed 21 August 2016

Great modern building by Ando who seems to build all of the great modern gallery buildings in Japan. Very interesting exhibition about the interface between engineering and design. Well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

The building, from Tadao Ando, is interesting.... but the entrance fee was quite expensive for the exhibition displayed (civil engineer). Ok if you are around the area and have money and time to spend.

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Akasaka / Roppongi
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