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The sign says "Land for sale". Actually a building design and permit are shown for this lot
The sign says 'Land for sale'. Actually a building design and permit are shown for this lot

Nearby to where I live there is a lot of construction work going on at the moment with new buildings being developed. Some are small, others are much bigger. It is interesting to see the small spaces that quite unique architectural buildings can be put on and then marvel at the work of a large scale development project and wonder how they get the job finished so quickly.

I have 2 sets of photos here. One showing a small building lot and the other a much bigger project that is being developed between Daikanyama (代官山) and Shibuya (渋谷), in Uguisudani-cho (鶯谷町).

This is the building design. Looks quite modern and airy
This is the building design. Looks quite modern and airy

The construction formal notice
The construction formal notice
All construction sites have to display this form of notice board showing the work that will be done, what date the construction will start and what permits are in place. The layout and form is standard and is required to be displayed prior to the start of construction.

In this case, the building is going to be a 5 story commercial office building possibly with shops, with a basement floor also. The height will be 15.119 metres. The notice says that construction will start on 1st June 2008 and finish on 31st Jan 2009. Looks like this building either is not going ahead or is being delayed for a long time!

This is the block of land for the building. Not a huge block
This is the block of land for the building. Not a huge block

A major apartment project is being constructed in Uguisudani-cho at the moment on the site of some old danchi (団地), public apartment tenements. The land area is quite large and the work is moving at a rapid pace.

The demolishing work on the old danchi blocks is in full swing
The demolishing work on the old danchi blocks is in full swing

Stage 1 is getting off the ground. You can see more danchi to the left yet to be fully demolished
Stage 1 is getting off the ground. You can see more danchi to the left yet to be fully demolished

The formal notification of construction and permits
The formal notification of construction and permits
It looks from this sign that the new complex will be 17.98 metres tall, be 5 stories tall with 3 basement levels and cover a land area of 4,862 metres sq, creating floor space of 11,005 metres sq.

Some guards on duty outside one of the gates
Some guards on duty outside one of the gates

The apartment blocks, built in 1958, are so well known they even rate their own mention on wikipedia.

Here are some pictures showing the apartment blocks and quite a lot of leafy foliage. I am not sure the new apartment will have so much greenery. http://danchi100k.com/file0125/

  1. Numer0bis says

    Switzerland definitely needs such constructions signs too. Our construction sites usually are just a big mess and it takes ages nor is any information given prior to construction. I quite like the Japanese way of working but was surprised when I saw the date on the first sign and thought that work already should have been started by now

    1. Shibuya246 says

      Yes, that sign looks strange doesn't it. With the recession biting my guess is whoever was going to develop the site couldn't get the finance together.

  2. reesan says

    Cool piccies and interesting read. I used to live in Daikanyama so recognise a few of the locations. The building design in the second image looks ultra contemporary. Funky!

    1. Shibuya246 says

      Thanks. Modern design on small blocks of land always seem to have interesting shapes dont they? Daikanyama cool ! B)

  3. Ryan says

    Great post. Some of the architecture in these pictures is ace. It puts the dire way in which things are thrown together in England absolutely to shame.

    1. Shibuya246 says

      Thanks Ryan. Ill follow up with some more pictures of Tokyo architecture later on.

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