2013 – Amano Design Office – Dear Ginza

The building site is on a backstreet in Ginza, which is one street behind the Ginza Central Street. The atmosphere is quite different from the gorgeous Central Street. Attracting as many people as possible into such a street was the architects task. The client desired the building to be a gorgeous existence. In addition, the designer desired to provide a “slight feeling of strangeness”.

Considering the views from the inside, simply obtaining openness with glass seems futile, since the outside scenery is hopeless. Therefore, a double skin structure is employed, which consists of glass curtain walls and graphically treated aluminum punched metal. The façade becomes a part of the interior decoration and obviates the need for window treatments such as blinds or curtains. By using a double skin, reduction of the air conditioning load and the glass cleaning burden was also intended.

The irregular façade design was determined by computing a design to avoid arbitrary forms and to approximate forms in nature. In the neighborhood of mostly modernist architecture with horizontal and vertical or geometric shapes, the building has a proper feeling of strangeness, attracts special attention. The abstract flower graphic is used to balance the façade.

By computing the design, individual aluminum punched panels are irregular with different angles and shapes, yet all fit into a standard size, resulting in excellent material yield. To avoid being clunky, an extremely lightweight structure is required. Therefore, much caution was taken in its details.


Name: Dear Ginza│Type: Commercial / Office│Architect: Amano Design Office│Completed: 2013

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