18-10-2007

Kengo Kuma. LVMH. Osaka, Japan. 2004

Kengo Kuma,

Osaka, Japan,

Offices,

Stone, Glass,

The building is the Louis Vuiton group's headquarters in Japan, which is why its image needs to have such a high impact on the city's skyline.



Kengo Kuma. LVMH. Osaka, Japan. 2004 The project is an illuminated stone box on Midosuji Street, one of Osaka's most important shopping streets.
The outside of the building is finished with slabs of onyx from Pakistan 4 mm thick, assembled between two glass panels.
To light up the offices and provide them with views over the city, panels of PET are alternated with slabs of glass-covered onyx with a ratio of about 2 to 1. This innovation represents a new development in the ambiguous field of use of stone as a finishing material, giving the building a particular image but not making full use of all the material's features. It is also an attempt to explore the dichotomy between the closed wall and the open wall or window.

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