Prada Aoyama, Herzog & De Meuron

Wow! It’s been almost a month since I’ve left you guys anything! I can’t believe it’s been that long. Thanks for your continued support as I can tell many of you still visit regularly.

This post is in regards to our second project of the semester. Each studio divided into groups of three, and chose a building to do a façade study on. Our team selected the Prada Aoyama by Herzog + De Meuron. It was a challenging project with a challenging deadline. Much of it was tedious work that required a lot of man hours, as we are not allowed to use the laser cutters until our later years in the program.

We chose to study this façade because we appreciated the different layers that it used in creating the shell of the building. At first glance it seems nothing more than steel and glass. However, the more you dive into it, the more you notice. For example, the interior of the shell is made out of wood attached to a  steel structure.  On the steel structure rests steel mullions that hold each individual piece of glass-some of which have concave curves others which have convex curves. These curves help reflect the city context as well as draw one into the Prada building, a store located in Tokyo, Japan. That’s it in a nutshell, folks.

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