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Japan 2003LVMH Osaka


A complex building comprising Louis Vuitton Japan Group’s boutiques and offices.Its first imagery was a ‘luminous box of stone’ placed amid the bustle of Midosuji street in Osaka. External walls consist of onyx plates from Pakistan sliced down to 4 mm thick and sandwiched between glass plates.

In order to provide outside views to office rooms, panels made of PET film sheet with onyx-like pattern print sandwiched between glass plates were mixed with onyx walls at a proportion of 2 to 1 respectively. This represents a search into the ambiguous domain between ‘stone’, the real, and ‘stone image’, the virtual. At the same time, it is a search into the ambiguous domain between two opposite items: the ‘wall’ and the ‘window’.

Team Shigeyoshi Sugai* Cooperation Van Structural Design Facility P.T.Morimura & Associates Publication Nikkei Architecture 2006/12/25 No.838 , DETAIL 2005/Spring No.164 , Shinkenchiku 2005/02 , Shinkenchiku 2005/02 , Shinkenchiku 2005/02 , GA JAPAN 2005/01-02 72 , Shinkenchiku 2005/01