Architect: Liong Lie Architects
Tokyo downtown, OmotesandōProgram: exhibition
space, restaurant and catwalk
Design team: Liong Lie, Andrea
Sollazzo, Zygis Papartis, Berry van EmpelCollaboration: Jeroen van Tuyl fashion designer
Andy Warhol we blew up a Jeroen van Tuyl sleeve and were surprised by the programmatic possibilities. The form narrows at street level, so we could create a more public space. Its design allows the use for entrance, meeting point, catwalk, or red carpet events. At “elbow” level the facade allows unexpected views to the street. In order to provide the maximum experience in this vertical museum we designed the escalators as a part of the exhibition space. Like Centre Pompidou it is visible from the street it will enliven the skyline.
The escalators also link two types of exhibition space: 1 the typical required nine exhibitions spaces. ranging from 150-300m2 2 special cubical spaces. The facades and interiors can be transformed according to the wishes of curators, designers or companies. It will have an effect on the building as a landmark.
There are three types of catwalks: – a sky catwalk at top level. Shows or exhibitions in a Japanese garden / bar café or
sky setting can be watched. – an urban catwalk alongside the facade. Display or stage a performance which would be visible from surrounding buildings in Tokyo city. – a floating catwalk above street level. This catwalk can also be transformed into a billboard, conference, show, or party room. These activities can be experienced from Omotesando street and will enliven the area.