The Irish Embassy for Japan in Tokyo is based on the Irish values of hospitable and welcome. The new Irish Embassy will engage with the urban landscape of Tokyo and embrace its weather, climate and people.
The form and detail of the building has a distinctive, contemporary presence that draws on the deep roots of the Irish landscape, culture and people. The structure of the building is derived from the graphical language of Ogham stones. More subtle references to stepped cliffs and green spaces, the use of native Irish granite and timber, help to connect the building to Ireland.
These roots imbue the building with a forward looking confidence: Open doors signal welcome and an innovative, environmentally responsible timber structure create a rich and flexible platform for Team Ireland to develop a strong two-way relationship with Japan. The building creates a dialogue with Japanese timber architecture and its engagement with nature and the environment.