tokyo: open! architecture

next year the city of tokyo is to host the triennial congress of the international union of architects and it's expected that this event will lure over 10,000 pros from across the planet to the japanese capital. for the past two years, the city has been staging the open! architecture open house series at various architectural landmarks [usually closed to the public] in preparation of the massive gathering. this year, open! architecture is held may 21 - jun 13. the absolute highlight would be the turkish embassy, built in 1977 by starchitect kenzo tange. mind you, all tours are held on specific dates and booking ahead is required. click weblinks for more info. © kenzo tange / photo: turkish embassy in tokyo