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One Omotesando

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Kengo Kuma & Associates
location Tokyo
function office, shop
contributed by Nazar

The project is the head office building of a fashion group that stands at the entrance to Omotesando, often called the most beautiful avenue in Tokyo. Omotesando is a picturesque boulevard lined on both sides with huge zelkova trees that leads to Meiji Shrine, the largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo. My aim was to make these trees resonate and not conflict with the building. We created a mullion; 45 cm deep with laminated wood made of larch supporting the curtain wall. The stems would resonate with the lumber and the vertical lines of mullions would resonate with vertical lines of the trees. The wooden mullion also resonates with Meiji Shrine's wooden architecture. The mullion contributes to energy conservation by shielding the interior from direct sunlight and mitigates the greenhouse effect by fixing carbon dioxide production. Although Japan's Building Standard Law prohibits the use of wood on the exterior walls of buildings in large urban areas we were able to obtain special permission.

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One Omotesando
Kitaaoyama 3-5-29
Project is public!
Completion 9- 2003
ArchitectKengo Kuma & Associates
Project ID 12716
Latitude/Longitude 35°39'57N 139°42'42E
Contributed by Nazar
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