The Dior building is a trapezoid box in Tokyo’s fashion center, Omotesando Avenue, designed by the Japanese practice SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa). To respond to Tokyo’s rigid building codes – the building could be no higher than 30 meters – and to maximize space, the architects designed the building with floors of variable heights. Retail floors were alternated with utilitarian spaces. Exterior walls were constructed of glass. This skin is the building’s showpiece. The clean, square, outer skin of clear glass covers a second skin inside, of translucent acrylic. This gives the external facade the gentlest of hints at what is inside (while revealing nothing), and provides a glowing blank canvas for seasonal additions.
Name: Dior Omotesando│Type: Commercial│Architect: SANAA│Completed: 2003