Keywords Change this

Luxury Retail, Glass Tiles, Glass

Project timeline

1998 – 2001



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Chuo-ku Tokyo 5-4-19 Ginza Japan
Chuo-ku Tokyo

Architect Change this

Maison Hèrmes Tokyo Change this

Chuo-ku Tokyo, Japan
by Renzo Piano Change this
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It was the architect Renzo Piano's goal to translate the elegance of the French fashion house Hèrmes into a transparent and thin building in the heart of Tokyo's fashionable shopping district Ginza. The building is elevated 14 floors above ground and three below for a total surface of 6,000 square metres.

The tower is entirely wrapped in a crystal skin. The same square module of glass was used 13,000 times to establish the homogeneous facade create the effect of a great japanese lantern lighting up at night. Every element of the building was designed to withstand earthquakes and absorb seismic shockwaves. Similarities with the iconic Maison de verre, a Parisian modernist building, cannot be denied.


Posted by Claire CONSTANT | Monday, January 7th, 2013 | 13:31pm

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