Sunday, May 8, 2011
Ikebukuro is the second busiest stations in Tokyo, after Shinjuku, with the West and East exit separated by a huge gap created by the large number of train line tracks. The west exit, perhaps not as popular as the east one, it is populated with building of interesting architecture, that gives a very distinctive look to the area.
The Tobu store building is a concrete building with honeycomb like front that is the main entrance for the station west exit. A small plaza in front of the station is currently decorated with owls, the station symbol.
One of the most outstanding buildings of the area is the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, a glass and concrete building designed by Yoshinobu Ashihara. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government created the space for the development and promotion of art and culture, and its main hall is equipped with one of Japan largest pipe organs. The building is closed for renovations until 2012.
The Tokyo Toshima godou or Toshima ward tax office, designed by Tadasue Ohe, is a beautiful building located in front of the Tokyo metropolitan art space.
The Lumine, Tobu Plaza building is an elegant glass and steel structure that stands prominently on the south-west of the station.