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Terrazza Aoyama – the beautiful concrete block

Terrazza Aoyama is one of Tokyo’s lesser-known buildings.  It is small and in the backstreets of Shibuya.  Many people would be hard-pressed to find it.  Most would call it a concrete block.  I can’t disagree with that, but it is a beautiful one. 

triangular space in Terrazza Aoyama

The building’s exterior is grey, and there are many windowless walls.  But look carefully.  There are many angles and curves.  They make shadows.  It is not the standard box.  Terrazzo Aoyama is great for architectural photography.

Tokyo concrete building
Terrazza Aoyama air pocket
upper level of Terrazza Aoyama

The building has one unique feature.  Above one business, a sloping wall creates a triangular open space in the ceiling.  The architect said it was to provide an “air pocket” in a congested neighborhood.  It’s interesting but behind some elevator wells, making it difficult to see from the street.

Photography tips

  • Terrazzo Aoyama has many buildings near it, and there is a street directly in front.  A wide-angle lens will be useful.
  • Be careful near the entrance of Chateau Ameba, under the “air pocket.”  A line of signs says, “No entrance unless on business.”  It’s only written in Japanese, and security guards are near. 
interior walls of Terrazza Aoyama
Terrazza Aoyama from street level
exterior of Tokyo concrete building

Terrazzo Aoyama FAQ

  • Architect:  Kiyoshi Takeyama
  • Completion date: 1991
  • Number of floors:  five above ground and four below
  • Land area:  1,800 square meters
  • Major Tenants: Jaguar Aoyama and Chateau Ameba

Where is Terraza Aoyama?

It is about a ten-minute walk from the Ginza Line’s Gaienmae Station.  Leave via Exit 2a or 2b.  Here is a map:

Wrapping up

Terrazzo Aoyama is an excellent place for architectural photography.  Beautiful might not be the word for it, but it is interesting.  It is also small, so you probably won’t need much time there.  Still, you should be able to get some nice pictures.  Unfortunately, a website for it doesn’t seem to exist.

elevator wells of Terrazza Aoyama

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