Some of the most extraordinary buildings in Tokyo are fashion boutiques.
A Who's Who of architects - Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Herzog & de Meuron, Jun Aoki, Kengo Kuma, and more - has stamped its seal in particular on Omotesando and its environs.
Just beyond Aoyama Dori, Prada's Tokyo store is a striking 6-story glass building that curves out and back. The diamond-shaped glass panes appear like bubbles, and both highlight and somewhat obfuscate what is within.
Jacques Herzog's work was completed in 2003.
As a non-shopper, I don't often frequent high-end boutiques. Still, the Prada design is arresting and unconventional.
At both day and night, the reflection of light off the panels is playful and fascinating.
Below left, you can see the designers "signature" in one of the panels.
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Monday, September 14, 2009
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