Architect: Toyo Ito
Location: Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan
Year built: 2004
The palace Tod’s spread over seven floors, the first three floors are dedicated to Tod’s boutiques, part of the third floor, fourth and fifth are used as offices. The sixth floor houses a space for events, while the seventh floor there is a conference room and a roof garden. The facades of this building, which due to its L-shape has six sides, to reflect the main features of the building Tod’s Omotesando: they recreate the illusion of silhouette of a row of elms. This complex configuration, made with the overlap of the design of nine trees, is expressed in the form of a concrete structure with glass elements. Where glass and concrete meet, the windows are inserted with technical light to emphasize the charm and vitality of these two materials, by approaching. Compared to other buildings that overlook Omotesando Avenue, characterized by simple façades of glass, this “concrete forest” attributes the Tod’s Omotesando building a strong character and unique, thanks to the accurate structural analysis and the use of high construction techniques .