PROJECTS - retail
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Boeicho Tokyo Midtown Project - Tokyo, Japan
Master Architect: Skidmone, Owings & Merill New York
Retail Architect: Comm Arts
Owner: Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
The Tokyo Midtown project consists of five buildings surrounded by exterior arcades and green spaces. Accessed by a subway station and major streets, the complex includes residential, commercial office, retail, hospitality and entertainment facilities and is designed to provide residents all of the amenities they need on a daily basis without requiring a commute. It is like a small town within the bustling city of Tokyo.
The retail concourse is articulated through with components inspired by traditional Japanese architecture. ‘Wa’, the Japanese word meaning simple harmony drove the design concept for the entire property and is reflected in the simple patterns repeated with slight modifications from one function to the next. Commonly found in traditional Japanese homes, shoji screens are composed of wooden frames supporting translucent paper that glow with a soft, even luminosity. The simplicity of the shoji screen was explored, incorporating lamps within architectural elements to generate soft luminosity across walls and ceilings and wrapping around columns. Environmental concerns were addressed by using HID and fluorescent sources whose cool light temperatures were warmed up with careful shielding and juxtaposition with warm natural surfaces.
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