Daily Dose: Alpha Tomamu Towers

Add to TwitterHave you ever seen pixellation in “real-life?” For photographers it’s an all-too-common experience: you think you’ve captured a perfect shot only to find out later that your resolution allows for a whopping 3×5 print. It’s one thing to see that abstract cubed pattern on photo paper; it’s quite another when it confronts you in the form of 36-storey towers. In Hokkaido, Japan, a recent re-cladding of the 1980s Alpha Tomamu Towers serves to blend the towers into the surrounding landscape using blocks of color.

Alpha Tomamu Towers in Winter; Image ©Daichi Ano

Even in images, the scene is somewhat perplexing. The buildings appear almost flat at first glance. Klein Dytham Architects designed one tower to blend into a winter surrounding and the other to fit spring and summer scenery. The randomly spaced red tiles are just for fun, “like baubles on a Christmas tree.” (Dytham)

Alpha Tomamu Towers in Summer

Alpha Tomamu Towers in Summer; Image courtesy of worldbuildingsdirectory.com

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Architectural Record, January 2010, pg. 172.



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