Keywords Change this

Luxury Retail

Project timeline

2001 – 2003



Location Change this

東京都渋谷区神宮前5丁目9−2, Jingumae 5, Chome

Current state


Architect Change this

Christian Dior Ometsando Building Change this

Tokyo, Japan
by SANAA Change this
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The Dior building is a trapezoid box in Tokyo's fashion center, Omotesando Avenue, designed by the Japanese practice SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa). To respond to Tokyo's rigid building codes - the building could be no higher than 30 meters - and 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. This skin is the building's showpiece. The clean, square, outer skin of clear glass covers a second skin inside, of translucent acrylic. This gives the external facade the gentlest of hints at what is inside (while revealing nothing), and provides a glowing blank canvas for seasonal additions. The building was completed in 2003.



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