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Omotesando Hills, Tokyo

A Mecca for shopping

A Mecca for shopping

Tracey Pollard

The area around Omotesando Hills is a mecca for shopping, specifically the surrounding side streets adjacent to the main retail street, where international architects have designed world class buildings for the world's top fashion brands. Omotesando has more buildings designed by world class architects than any other neighbourhood in the world.
The most talked about is the Prada Aoyama building which was designed by Herzog and de Meuran, this glass honeycomb structure also includes an underground warehouse with direct underground connection into the adjacent store. Although this is amazing during the day, it's best seen at night, when lit up.

The building also benefits from a space around it, which is contrasting to most of Tokyo, further highlighting the design. Other surrounding statement buildings include Stephan Jaklitsch's design for Marc Jacobs and the Cartier Building design from Bruno Moniard and Jun Mitsui & Associates.