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Tod's
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DESIGNER
 
 
Toyo Ito

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DESCRIPTION
 
Toyo Ito Tod's Omotesando TokyoThe head office of Tod’s, located on Omotesando, Tokyo’s elegant avenue of fashion, is an L-shaped building of seven stories, characterized by façades covered with a mask of trees: an explicit choice to evoke the row of zelkovas (Japanese elms), symbol of the avenue. The surface with its continuous expanse of graphic motives envelops the whole of the building, making it stand out as a separate volume that is immediately recognizable even from a distance despite the narrowness of the street front (just 10 meters wide).

The 30-cm-thick envelope, cast in concrete, also functions as a supporting structure with an organic reticular geometry that reveals the load curve as in a tree. The 270 openings in the façades, plugged with glass and aluminum mounted flush with the surface and with no frames, vary in dimension: large expanses of glass on the lower stories and diminishing in size (but increasing in number) higher up, to meet the functional needs of the spaces.

Text from Lotus international 126 [Camouflage]
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MATERIALS
 
reinforced concrete, glass
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
Japan [Nihon/Nippon]
Isle
Honshū
Region
Kantō
Prefecture
Tōkyō
Town
Tōkyō
Address
Omotesando Avenue
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Commercial buildings
Shops
Showrooms
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2002 - 2003    
Realisation
2004
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Laura Aquili, Ergian Alberg, "Showroom TOD'S a Omotesando, Tokyo, Giappone/TOD'S Omotesando Building, Tokyo, Japan", L'industria delle Costruzioni 390, luglio-agosto/july-august 2006 [Landmarks urbani], pp. 42-49, cover
"L'albero nella struttura/The Tree in the Structure", Lotus international 126, novembre/november 2005 [Camouflage], pp. 84-91

"Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects. Tod's Omotesando. Tokyo, 2003-04", Lotus international 126, novembre/november 2005 [Camouflage], pp. 88-91 (84-91)
Thomas Madlener, "Haute Couture, Haute Façade. Tokios Laufsteg der Fassaden/Haute Couture, Haute Façade. Tokio's Facade Catwalk", Detail 11/2005 [Fassaden + Materialen/Facades + Materials/Façades + Matériaux], pp. 1229, 1237 (1237-1240)
Naomi R. Pollock, "Toyo Ito fuses structure and wrapper in a network of concrete trees at the new Tod's Omotesando building in Tokyo", Architectural record 193, june 2005, pp. 78-85
Andrew Barrie, "Unifying principles. Tod's, Tokyo", Monument 66, april/may 2005, pp. 28-29
Kieran Long, "Tod's, Omotesando, Tokyo", Icon 21, march 2005, pp. 28-29
Kayoko Ota (ed.), Risaku Suzuki (photo), "New century modern", Domus 878, febbraio/february 2005, pp. 14-27

Wakato Onishi, "TOD'S Omotesando Building", Domus 878, febbraio/february 2005, pp. 17-25 (14-27)

Rita Capezzuto (ed.), Vittorio Pizzigoni, "Pelli strutturali?/Structural Skins?", Domus 878, febbraio/february 2005, pp. 39, 42 (38-47)
"Ramaje estructural: edificio para Tod's en Omotesando, Tokio/Structural network: Tod's in Omotesando, Tokyo", Arquitectura viva 100, 2005, pp. 84-91
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CLIENT
 
 
Tod's
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
site sq.m. 516
floor sq.m. 2.548,84
Floors
7 aboveground
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Structural Design Office OAK Inc.
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STAFF
 
Project
Toyo Ito & Associates
Project architect
Toyo Ito
Design team
Tadeo Higashi, Akihisa Hirata, Kaori Shikichi, Leo Yokota, Takuji Aoshima, Yasuaki Misunuma
Associate architect
Agence d’Architecture Deprck et Maniaque - Ken-ichi Shinozaki
Structural consultant
Structural Design Office OAK Inc.
Masato Araya, Takashi Manda, Takashi Sudo
Mechanical engineer
ES Associates Co., Ltd.
Lighting engineer
Lightdesign Inc.
General contractor
Takenaka Corporation
General contractor
Takenaka Corporation
 
 
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