Project: Louis Vuitton Facade
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architects: Jun Aoki & Associates
The LV flagship store has been enlarged from two to three levels. The new facade was part of the renovation work. It was required to integrate the previous building's steel structural system to the envelope, which limited the skin's thickness to 240mm and its weight to 40kg/m2. The answer to these requirements was an aluminum double skin facade composed of 5mm thick panels consisting of funnel and star shaped elemens of 5 different sizes. The panel joints run diagonally, hidden behind the star panels.
A. / B. Preliminary studies of facade panels to determine the optimal distribution of the backlighting.
C. Portion of facade: view of panels with diagonal expansion joints.
"Shop Facade in Tokyo." Detail, May 2015, 449.