Retro Elevation!

With so many new buildings, each trying to impress with distinctive style and design but usually failing, it’s a rare delight to discover a truly memorable example of elevator style – and in a 20 year-old tower no less!

The L-Tower near the west exit of Shinjuku Station houses many businesses on its 31 floors, with the high-tech TOTO Showroom on the 26th and 27th floors, filled with classic and ultra-modern bathroom and kitchen fittings, perhaps the most well-known to the public.

Just above, on the 28th floor is the popular Shinjuku Nikon Salon, a photography gallery, lecture and display space.

The 121 metre L-tower was completed in 1989, but the lifts (or elevators) feature a truly retro design with a stunningly unique floor indicator system.

(click the images to enlarge)

The shape of the building itself is mirrored in the shape of the arrival indicator lights on each floor…


….while the doors feature a more 80s look.


On entering the lifts one is faced by an abstract design reminiscent of a grey Mondrian.


From the upper floors of the tower, the view is simply stunning. (click to enlarge)

But although these are all quite nice features of the building, they could be easily forgotten were it not for the floor indicator inside the elevator, the superb design of which etches itself into one’s memory: truly original yet wonderfully retro, I’ve never seen anything like it before or since.

The only other remarkable elevator I’ve encountered so far in Japan is that of the Mori Tower at Roppongi Hills. That will be featured in another post soon.

~ by JapanGasm on 12 October, 2011.

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