The iconic hotel Okura in Tokyo was built in 1962 -with an annexe added in 1973- under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata and Kenkichi Tomimoto. Mixing modern architecture with traditional japanese elements, the hotel has been a landmark ever since.
Despite the impeccable state of the Okura, which has remained practically unchanged for the past 52 years, the hotel’s owners have decided that the main building will be demolished in September of 2015 and a 38-storey glass tower will take it's place.
Hiroshi Matsukuma, the leader of the modernist preservation group Docomomo Japan, has said that the Okura “has a cultural and historical value that can never be reproduced again.”
To register your support for preservation of the hotel Okura visit savetheokura, a special site hosted by Monocle
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