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topshop: Marc Jacobs brings a little something extra to Tokyo

10 Apr

Tokyo has long been known as a retailing haven, not least for the mega-cutting edge technology and high spec finish most retailers adhere to when opening there – the world (well, ok, perhaps just us) was agog at the new Herzog and De Meuron store for Prada, and it seems like they have a young upstart facing them across the street too . . .

Marc Jacobs has opened literally across the street in our image, above, you can see the Prada store on the left, and Marc Jacobs glowing on the right.

Designed by Stephan Jaklitsch Architects, does he have a store that embodies his love of everything Japanese aesthetics.   The 2,800-square-foot space, which sits on a side street in the ritzy but charming Tokyo neighborhood of Aoyama, is a retail spin on the Japanese obsession with packaging: Although the interior looks like some other Marc Jacobs spaces, with sleek fixtures displaying brocade skirts and bottles of Bang, outside it’s a visual feast. The building’s mix of the traditional and the unorthodox—including striated levels topped off with a ghost wall, known as a kosakubutsu in Japanese—is at home on a block that includes a giant Prada store and a gemlike Cartier shop (although neither can boast an Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects, which the Marc Jacobs store received this past summer).


architecture: the financial crisis of 2008 keeps NYC skyscraper on the block.

22 Mar

Shown here is the marketing video for 56 Leonard Street.  Devised by NYC based TronicStudio it sets a new bar for marketing property.

The financial crisis of 2008 has set back many major building projects across the globe.  One of the major losses though has been proposed New York skyscraper, 56 Leonard Street, the 796ft (243m) residential tower designed by (archistars behind the iconic birds nest stadium in Beijing, and Tate modern in London) the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron.

The tower is planned for Leonard Street (Manhattan) in Tribeca and when completed will have 58 floors. The building is described by the architects as “houses stacked in the sky.” In January 2009, skyscraperpage.com has noted that construction of the building has been suspended, due to financial problems.  The tower was also due to have the first permanent sculpture by Anish Kapoor in NYC.   At least we have this slick video to keep reminding us what could have been . . .


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