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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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The 11 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2020 | Architectural Digest

Central Park Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill (New York City)Designing a skyscraper in New York is an experience unlike building in nearly any other city in the world. The combination of architectural history, coupled with the sheer volume of foot traffic walking past (and flying above) buildings in the Big Apple, makes their presence a vital part of the city’s identity. So when the Chicago-based architectural firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill was tapped to design the Central Park Tower, it recognized the sky-high expectations.

Slated to be completed in 2020, Central Park Tower will be a shocking 1,549 feet tall, making it the second-tallest skyscraper in the United States and the Western Hemisphere (behind One World Trade Center), the 15th-tallest building in the world, and the tallest residential building in the world. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, however, is no stranger to working at these heights. The firm is responsible for extending the skyline in the Middle East with such structures as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia.

Yet, unlike those aforementioned locations, no matter the height, building in New York brings on a whole new host of challenges. “New York is one of the most iconic cities in the world,” says Gordon Gill, a founding member of the firm. “And much of this comes from its beautiful architecture. Understanding that and trying to design a building that will retain its own stature within that context has been a great opportunity. Contributing to New York’s skyline at that scale and becoming part of that legacy is a defining moment for any architect.

That doesn’t happen every day.” The structure consists of 179 luxury residences, while at the base, Nordstrom’s will house its seven-floor flagship store. The location, on 57th Street between Columbus Circle and the Plaza District, means occupants will have uninhibited views of Central Park to the north. In the past, travelers arrived to New York (by car and air) would be greeted by dominating structures such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Now we can add Central Park Tower to that exclusive list of buildings that stand out upon first experience.

Source: The 11 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2020 | Architectural Digest

Union Station expansion project’s massive garage draws criticism from Akridge, D.C. officials 

The amount of parking spaces included in the massive redevelopment of Union Station has become a flashpoint in the debate over the long-planned project, with D.C. officials and neighbors alike arguing for a substantial reduction in parking on the property.

Plans call for 1,575 spaces in a new, 10-story garage replacing the station’s existing parking structure, which sits on First Street NE. The Federal Rail Administration and the Union Station Redevelopment Corp., the main groups managing the extensive revitalization effort, say that they’ll need that much parking to accommodate travelers and patrons of the station’s retail offerings. Parking fees are also expected to help fund the costly project.

Source: Union Station expansion project’s massive garage draws criticism from Akridge, D.C. officials – Washington Business Journal

Amazon HQ2 towers get OK from Arlington County Board

Amazon is set to deliver two new towers to Pentagon City after getting zoning approval Saturday from the Arlington County Board. 

The 2.1-million-square foot project will occupy 6.2 acres in Pentagon City’s Metropolitan Park. The development will replace vacant warehouses and parking lots.

The plans call for two 22-ystory towers along South Eads Street, as well as a new public park. Amazon is also contributing $20 million to the county’s affordable housing fund.

“This project is extraordinary in many respects,” Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said in a statement. “It will bring us significantly closer to fulfilling the community’s vision of Pentagon City as an urban neighborhood with a better balance of office, residential and retail development, more and better public spaces, and more and better access for pedestrians and cyclists.”

After 15 years, Downtown Silver Spring is getting a big update

A lot of things happened in the summer and the fall of 2004. What sticks out most is the night in August I stood with three of my closest friends at the entrance of a new parking garage in downtown Silver Spring, yet to open, daring each other to go in.

The concrete was still clean and smooth as we strode up the big ramp, our voices bouncing around seven empty floors as we ascended. At the top of the garage, we walked out onto the sun setting over the then- brand new development called Downtown Silver Spring: a 20-screen movie theatre, a Whole Foods, a hotel, a brightly-colored tile plaza with a fountain.

It felt especially surreal for the 16-year-old me, having lived in little-D downtown Silver Spring, land of boarded-up buildings and empty storefronts, until 5th grade. Now there were signs saying “Silver SprUng” (as in, Silver Spring had “sprung”) and even a TV commercial.

Read more Source: After 15 years, Downtown Silver Spring is getting a big update – Greater Greater Washington

A Mirrored Mexican Home Hides Among a Lush Fores

Covered in mirrored glass that’s transparent when viewed from within, the facade of this Mexican forest retreat reflects the color, light, and movements of its natural surroundings.

Located on a lush woodland hillside of Monterrey, Mexico, this reflective retreat—also known as Los Terrenos, meaning The Terrains—has been designed by Mexico City–based architect Tatiana Bilbao, using rammed earth, terracotta clay bricks, and mirrored glass.

www.dwell.com/article/a-mirrored-mexican-home-hides-among-a-lush-forest-2c9d86c7

Pelli Clarke Pelli reveals Japan’s tallest skyscraper

Construction has begun on Japan’s tallest building, a 330-meter-tall skyscraper in Tokyo designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

The building is one of three skyscrapers being designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects for developer Mori as part of the Toranomon-Azabudai district in central Tokyo, where Heatherwick Studio is designing the public realm.

Planned to be approximately 330 meters high, the main tower would be around 30 meters taller than the Abeno Harukas skyscraper in Osaka – currently Japan’s tallest building.

Source: Pelli Clarke Pelli reveals Japan’s tallest skyscraper