Capital Hill

Tokyo developer Minoru Mori doesn't shy away from big projects. Coming swiftly in the wake of his successful Roppongi Hills development is the massive Omotesando Hills (www.omotesandohills.com) retail and residential complex, designed by Tadao Ando, the Japanese architect famous for his grand public buildings. Despite the plain concrete exteriors that are a staple of his work, Ando has managed to pay homage to the old apartment buildings the development has controversially replaced, with one section not only resembling the original facades, but also including a gallery of photographs of what was there before. Inside the complex, a...

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