The Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji stands on the busy shopping street of Shinsaibashi-suji.
Its facade is based on the translucent sails of traditional Higaki-Kaisen cargo ships, in reference to the city’s history as an important port.
They filter light into the interiors during the day and create a lantern-like effect at night.
“The purity of the facade is reinforced by the use of metal fretwork motifs at ground-floor level,” said Jun Aoki & Associates.
Inside wooden floors reference to the deck of a ship, along with with wood-clad pillars and metal ceilings “reminiscent of the spirit of a grand yacht embarking on an exciting adventure”.
Across four stories, the shop features clothes and accessories as well as historical objects from the Louis Vuitton Archives and contemporary art from the house’s Objets Nomades collection.
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