Tokyo: Louis Vuitton Ginza Namiki (Japan)

Louis Vuitton Ginza Namiki

Japan, 〒104-0061 Tokyo, 中央区Ginza, 7−6−1

Jun Aoki (2004)

Louis Vuitton, Ginza Namiki by Jun Aoki 03_Stephen Varady photo ©

Jun Aoki has designed about 6 Louis Vuitton stores in Japan and all of them are clever explorations of contemporary materials and the idea of transforming solid exterior walls into something less solid. For many of the stores Aoki has used translucent glass but in the Ginza Namiki store he has created a different sort of translucency by embedding thin pieces of Indian alabaster into GRC (glass-fibre reinforced concrete) panels, thus allowing daylight in and artificial light out.

Louis Vuitton, Ginza Namiki by Jun Aoki 01_Stephen Varady photo ©

The overall effect is a subtle restrained stone-like facade during the day, then a wonderful lantern-like effect at night.

Louis Vuitton, Ginza Namiki by Jun Aoki 13_Stephen Varady photo ©

‘This is the design of the exterior wall of a store. White, translucent alabaster from India is cast in beige glassfiber-reinforced concrete (GRC) and polished so that square shapes, large and small, appear to be scattered randomly in the wall, somewhat like terrazzo. Square areas, large and small, are also randomly arranged over the exterior wall as a whole. In those areas, the back of the panel is polished to a thickness of 15 millimeters and reinforced with a glass panel. These square areas alternately light up and vanish. The display windows too seem like fragments in terrazzo; three layers of highly transparent glass are combined and made flush with the exterior wall. The opaque wall panels are connected to the structure by GRC rib-bolts; the transparent panels are supported by glass DPS.’ – Jun Aoki

You will find more information about this project and other Jun Aoki projects from 1991-2004 in his monograph published in Japan by INAX Shuppan.

Jun Aoki - Complete Works 1991-2004, INAX Shuppan 2004

 

Further Information:

Place: Louis Vuitton Ginza Namiki

Architect: Jun Aoki

Photographer: Stephen Varady

Map: Louis Vuitton Ginza Namiki Map

 

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