Omotesando Avenue, Tokyo, Japan
Christian Dior Building in Tokyo, Japan. Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, architects. Completed in 2003.
Photo ©Hisao Suzuki, Courtesy of SANAA
Architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa faced rigid building codes when they designed the Christian Dior store in Tokyo, Japan. The building could be no higher than 100 feet. To maximize space, the architects designed the building with floors of variable heights. Retail floors were alternated with utilitarian spaces. Exterior walls were constructed of glass with translucent acrylic screens.
The Christian Dior store was completed in 2003.