Inside Tomoyuki Tanaka’s X-Ray Illustrations of Tokyo Train Stations

Inside tomoyuki tanaka’s x-ray illustrations of tokyo train stations
Tokyo Station / © Tomoyuki Tanaka

Tomoyuki Tanaka can see through walls. Known for meticulous, hand-drawn ballpoint renderings of the innards of everything from furniture to museums, the Japanese architect’s most elaborate works are studies of Tokyo’s sprawling train stations. Tanaka’s unpeeling of the underground labyrinths of Tokyo Station, Shibuya Station, and Shinjuku Station (one of the world’s biggest, and busiest, transport hubs) are like MRIs of some of the most amazing infrastructure on Earth.

What’s impressive about Tanaka’s station studies, apart from their intricacy, is how quickly he creates them. “It takes about a week to research and organize the information,” he says via email, “and another week to draw.” He drafts in pencil—“I don’t usually model on a computer before drawing,” he says, “because there is no need”—then finishes in pen, paying close attention to space, composition, and scale. (Yes, the plans are accurate.) “I want to show the relations between the internal and external spaces of the station,” Tanaka says. […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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