Collezione is a commercial complex at the famous Omotesando street by world famous architect Tadao Ando. Ando has penchant for mazes, which he has indulged in the memorable effect in such works as Time’s in Kyoto and Galleria Akka in Osaka, but Collezione has a complicated circulation system that is especially disorienting. It ma strike some as challenging and others as simply confusing.
The geometry is based on two rectangular boxes that are spread 13,5 degree apart, a cylinder that interlocks with one of the boxes and a cube that bridges both boxes. Stairs wrapped around the cylinder and stepped terraces arranged between the two boxes provide access to the various spaces. Gaps between the volumes introduce light into its nether regions. An exercise club occupies the first and second floors and showrooms, galleries and the owner’s residence take up the top two floors.
Name: Collezione │Type: Commercial│Architect: Tadao Ando│Completed: 1989