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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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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