I’m not an architect, and I don’t play one on TV, but I’m really into cool architecture. I’m always amazed when someone’s vision comes to life on such a grand scale. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s a minimalist, eco-friendly home someone built in the woods or the Sydney Opera House, I’m all over interesting architecture.
So a big bonus of my recent trip to Japan was that my hotel in Kyoto was located in the Kyoto Station, a truly impressive if slightly overlooked example of modernistic architecture, and a place that I’ve long wanted to visit.
And it didn’t disappoint. Truly vast and towering in scope and size, at first sight the station is almost overwhelming. It exhibits many characteristics of futurism, with a slightly irregular cubic facade of plate glass over a steel frame. It’s clever use of light, space and reflections on glass make an already…