The very cool glass brick building; Maison Hermes in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.
The design intention of the architect, Renzo Piano, was that of a “magic lantern”, inspired by traditional Japanese lanterns. In the daytime the translucent facade gives a hint of what is beyond, the events and objects blurred by the thickness of the glass block. At night the entire building is glowing from within. On the exterior, at eye level, the glass block facade is punctuated with clear glass block which displays Hermes products beyond.
The building is the corporate headquarters and retail store of Hermes Japan. The 6,000 square meter building contains shopping space, workshops, offices, exhibition spaces and multimedia areas all topped by a roof garden. Its facade is made entirely of specially designed and fabricated glass block 45cm by 45cm each.
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