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The Glass Hall

By Minty805
Part of the roof structure of the glass atrium at Tokyo International Forum. This extraordinary building, designed in 1989 by Rafael Viñoly, is located at Marunouchi 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, and not hard to find on the underground or overground railway system, being at the confluence of four subway lines and two main train stations.
The main hall is 60 metres high, from the floor of the basement reception area, open right up to the hull-shaped roof, and 208 metres long.
I admit to a certain lack of originality and/or good luck here, as I had never heard of this building, but when we decided to return home from visiting New Zealand via Tokyo last year, a look around Youtube photography and travel vlogs threw up this building, which looked simply incredible. The reality does not disappoint.
This image was taken from the top floor, where a glass shelf gives great reflections of the roof structure; as I said, not original, as this vantage point crops up in several vlogs, but just huge fun to track down and try out.
Thanks for looking.
Allan


Tags: Japan Travel General Architecture Black and white Tokyo

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Comments


26 May 2020 3:56PM
An amazing architectural photo, beautiful, and an interesting description.
adagio Plus
2 3 2 England
26 May 2020 4:20PM
A wonderful architectural image Allan, so many different lines and shapes it's almost become an abstract!

Angela😄
Dodge 16 18
26 May 2020 4:32PM
Fabulous capture Allan and great background. Crop and angle superbly researched and chosen.
Dodge
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4176 Canada
26 May 2020 4:59PM
Lovely image.

Ive uploaded a mod that has a bit more contrast and some sharpening. Ive rotated it CCW a minuscule amount, and thought it deserved a frame. I could see this gracing a wall.


Well done


Regards


Willie
26 May 2020 5:13PM
Delighted to make it 30 - lovely image and the originality or otherwise hardly matters. This image makes the most of a glorious opportunity and is beautifully composed. A gong it is then! 👍 😀 🏆
mac Plus
19 9 Scotland
26 May 2020 5:35PM
An excellent interpretation of a unique building with all its reflections. It is job working out, which is real or a reflection. However, a job well done with your capture! Worth my award.
Ian
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
26 May 2020 6:26PM
gerat capture
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
26 May 2020 6:29PM
I feel my fingers itching to go to work on this location, especially as I have just started an architectural series...I would have used more contrast, but that's just my style.Wink
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2166 United Kingdom
26 May 2020 8:33PM
Original or not, it's eye-catching and the reflection is better than one in water because it's mirror-like.
Minty805 Plus
4 37 7 United Kingdom
26 May 2020 9:31PM

Quote:Lovely image.

Ive uploaded a mod that has a bit more contrast and some sharpening. Ive rotated it CCW a minuscule amount, and thought it deserved a frame. I could see this gracing a wall.

Thanks for the comment, Willie, and for putting up a mod. I like your changes and the frame does suit it. I think it will be one for the wall in due course.
AlfieK Plus
3 1 1 United Kingdom
26 May 2020 9:31PM
An excellent architectural study, well photographed in mono.
Alfie
Minty805 Plus
4 37 7 United Kingdom
26 May 2020 9:35PM

Quote:I feel my fingers itching to go to work on this location, especially as I have just started an architectural series...I would have used more contrast, but that's just my style.Wink
Thanks Malc. It was a really fantastic place to visit and you could lose hours finding all sorts of angles and vistas. The Bullet Train was in the station nearby as well, but we were on our way to the Emperor's Palace, so time was tight (as someone once sang). I wondered about more contrast, and Willie put some more in to good effect in his mod. As you say, a matter of taste and style, but I may add some more when I have it printed.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
27 May 2020 11:30AM
That's an impressive looking building, and a fine capture here, Allan 👍
Trev 😀
Superb image beautifully composed and photographed

Carole
BobinAus Plus
5 2 10 Australia
27 May 2020 12:17PM
This is a fascinating picture, Allan, one that invites the viewer to linger and absorb the scene. The composition and processing show both the overall structure and the fine detail without any giving any sense of clutter or extraneous elements. And the small, lone figure adds a human dimension while showing the vast scale of the atrium. Bob
Minty805 Plus
4 37 7 United Kingdom
27 May 2020 3:11PM

Quote:Superb image beautifully composed and photographed

Carole

Thank you Carole, and for your mod, which adds extra punch and looks good.
Minty805 Plus
4 37 7 United Kingdom
27 May 2020 3:14PM

Quote:This is a fascinating picture, Allan, one that invites the viewer to linger and absorb the scene. The composition and processing show both the overall structure and the fine detail without any giving any sense of clutter or extraneous elements. And the small, lone figure adds a human dimension while showing the vast scale of the atrium. Bob
Thanks for your detailed comment, Bob; it's always helpful to know just what people like about a picture. A small confession here, I had forgotten about/not noticed the small figure, as it is so small, but I agree, it does show the size of the structure.
All the best, Allan
27 May 2020 9:36PM
Beautiful perspective and excellent mono.

LorySmile
BobinAus Plus
5 2 10 Australia
28 May 2020 10:21AM

Quote:
Quote:This is a fascinating picture, Allan, one that invites the viewer to linger and absorb the scene. The composition and processing show both the overall structure and the fine detail without any giving any sense of clutter or extraneous elements. And the small, lone figure adds a human dimension while showing the vast scale of the atrium. Bob
Thanks for your detailed comment, Bob; it's always helpful to know just what people like about a picture. A small confession here, I had forgotten about/not noticed the small figure, as it is so small, but I agree, it does show the size of the structure.
All the best, Allan



Hello Allan, I saw the person right away, but then again I often don't see a Coke can in an otherwise pristine scene until I'm processing the picture. SmileSmileSmile Cheers, Bob
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2020 11:12PM
Amazing composition... GrinGrinGrin

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