Louis Vuitton’s flagship Osaka store covered in curving glass sails

The facade of Louis Vuitton‘s store in Osaka, designed by architects Jun Aoki & Associates and Peter Marino, is based on the sails of old Japanese merchant ships

The Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji stands on the busy shopping street of Shinsaibashi-suji.

Louis Vuitton's flagship Osaka store by Jun Aoki and Peter Marino

Japanese architecture firm Jun Aoki & Associates and New York architecture studio Peter Marino collaborated to design the shop.

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.

Louis Vuitton's flagship Osaka store by Jun Aoki and Peter Marino

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.

Louis Vuitton's flagship Osaka store by Jun Aoki and Peter Marino

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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