When the French government decided its 50-year old Embassy in Tokyo needed to be rebuilt, it had some compelling reasons: it lacked space, consumed too much energy, and did not meet current seismic standards. Sited quietly on the southern edge of the richly wooded 270,000-square-foot compound, the new Embassy now stands as one of the most iconic, environmentally sensitive, and earthquake-resistant diplomatic outposts in Japan. Paying respect to the past as it gently embraces the historic Edo-era forest, its modern design looks boldly to the future in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of friendship between France and Japan.



Tokyo 2009

Schematic Design

Design Development

Construction Documents

Contract Administration

Architects: Takenaka+ADPI

Structural/MEP engineers: Takenaka

Photography: Kawasumi Architectural Photography

Takenaka Website: New French Embassy

*Work designed while at Takenaka