Jul 04 2010
Located in the Roppongi Hills (六本木ヒルズ) Mori Tower, a 1:1000 scale model of Minato-ku, Tokyo (東京) has been on display for several years, but now there’s an exquisite model of central Nagoya (名古屋市), a permanent exhibit at Nagoya Urban Institute (Kanayama-cho, Naka-ku, Nagoya).
Each model was developed by the Mori Building Company with the use of sophisticated computer graphics tools to capture both landscape and panoramic views. The tops of each building or house is printed from helicopter photos.
The Tokyo model was developed for the city’s bid to host the Olympics back in 2009 for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. (Unfortunately, they didn’t win the bid.) The city model of Nagoya was developed in March of 2010 to create interest in the city’s revitalization and urban development.
According to the Mori Building website, “The model city of Nagoya will be put before the public starting on March 30th at a permanent exhibit corner on the 11th floor of the Nagoya Urban Institute.” The Tokyo model covers, “the area from Yoyogi Park, Shibuya, Azabu, Roppongi, Shinagawa and the man-made islands of Tsukishima and Kachidoki.”
If you’re interested in more miniture city models check out the Web Urbanist page here. Some of the models deplicted there took individuals half a lifetime to complete!