Christian Dior Ginza Building in Tokyo

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Christian Dior Ginza Building

5-6-1 Ginza, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Japan
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One of the most beautiful buildings in the Ginza corridor belongs to fashion heavyweight Christian Dior. The building is tall, stately, and understated. Its exterior draws the eye for the very reason that it lacks the flash and trash of neighboring structures. It is the iPod of Tokyo architecture.

The facade is what most buildings are judged on, and LVMH went all out for this one. It manages to convey both a smooth and dimpled texture at the same time. The trick is that there are actually two facades on the building. An outer skin is made of steel and punctured with thousands of holes which reveal the illuminated inner skin, which is also patterned. Combined, they create a dignified pattern that is somewhere between the Burberry tartan and a gift-wrapped birthday present. The result is truly magnificent.

Quick Facts
    > The facade was designed by Kumiko Inui.
    > The building's facade is illuminated by fiber optics at night.
    > 24 October, 2004 - The building opens to the public.
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