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Tadao Ando
location Tokyo
function shop
contributed by Franks

When this building was finished, it functioned as an annex for the neighboring HHStyle flagship store, designed by SANAA. That's how it got its name. In January 2008 however, HHStyle have left their casa and since then new tenants have arrived in the black bunker. It looks like a bunker, but folded in origami-style. It's an angular black construction made out of 16 mm steel plates that's as startling as some of the area's high-fashion apparel. It is painted with a zinc-based primer fluoropolymer paint. The lease for the site covered two areas, one for a ten-year period, and one for half that duration. The architect thus was called upon to concentrate most of the building on the ten-year plot, leaving a fair part of the site empty. The building consists of 2 stories plus a basement. New buildings in Tokyo are not allowed to block more than a certain percentage of neighbours light, so Ando crafted the form until he found the ideal solution.


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Facts casa
Jingumae, Shibuya-ku 6-14-5
Project is public!
Opening hours 11.30 AM - 8.00 PM
How to get there? The nearest station is Meiji-Jingumae. Exit it in eastern direction and walk along Omotesando until you reach MVRDV's Gyre building (also on Mimoa). Just in front of Gyre turn right and walk 250 m along this Cat Street until you see the building on your right hand.
Completion 2- 2005
Floor area/size 470 m2
ArchitectTadao Ando
Client HHStyle
Project ID 6316
Latitude/Longitude 35°39'58N 139°42'20E
Contributed by Franks
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