The Imperial hotel was the best known of Frank Lloyd Wrights buildings in Japan. The original Imperial Hotel in Tokyo was built in 1890. To replace the original wooden structure, the owners commissioned a design by Wright, which was completed in 1923. The Frank Lloyd Wright version was designed in the “Maya Revival Style” of architecture. It incorporates a tall, pyramid-like structure, and also loosely copies Maya motifs in its decorations. The visual effect of the hotel was stunning and dramatic. The main building materials are poured concrete and concrete blocks.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Imperial Hotel. Shindo Akashi