The bold, refined clarity of the building massing is in sharp contrast to the chaotic surroundings of tokyo

Architecture in japan: this innovative urban spa replaces the first private fitness club built in tokyo. the new six-story, 6,000 square meter facility accommodates the private club’s new emphasis on personal sports training, japanese bathing and social activities, all provided within a sophisticated environment equal to a 5-star hotel. historically, dwellings in japan were (and still are) small and few people had access to a private bath or rooms for entertaining guests, so public bathhouses became important places within a neighborhood. they provided not only a hygienic function, but also served as social gathering places, fostering a sense of community centered around bathing, drinking, eating, relaxing and conversing…

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