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Mikimoto Ginza 2

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Toyo Ito, Ichiro Nishiwaki Design Office
location Tokyo
function shop
contributed by Franks

This boutique store is part of the Mikimoto family, one of the most famous names in Japanese jewellery with a history dating back to 1899. While the main Mikimoto shop is dedicated to high-end jewels, this store focuses on casual fashion baubles and accessories. Ito was inspired by the mysteriousness of a jewellery box and imagining bubbles around pearls and floating petals. The building also features a lounge and an atrium, which serves as both an exhibition hall and as an area for seminars for women. Painted in a subtly sparkling mica-laced pale pink, the four walls are a marvel of engineering. Each comprises two 56 m tall steel sheets; manufactured in sections, welded together on-site, and installed barely 20 cm apart. With concrete poured between, the steel is strong enough to support the 9 stories.

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Mikimoto Ginza 2
Chuo-Ku 2-4-12
Project is public!
Opening hours Daily 11:00 - 19:00. Restaurant is open until 23.00.
How to get there? Mikimoto is in Ginza (obviously). Take the southern exit (A13) at the Ginza Itchome metro station. Walk to the end of the first block and the building should be around the corner.
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Completion 12- 2005
Floor area/size 2230 m2
Main designer, ArchitectToyo Ito
Interior architectIchiro Nishiwaki Design Office
structural engineerSSC Sasaki Structural Consultants
contractorTaisei Corporation
lighting designerUshio Spax Co
Client K. Mikimoto & Co. Ltd
Project ID 6340
Latitude/Longitude 35°40'25N 139°45'57E
Contributed by Franks
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