Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Barcelona, ES


World Tokyo

Located in the heart of the Shibuya shopping district, this a small luxury fashion centre comprising shops over five floors, a bar and a restaurant. An interior street divides the building into two volumes which link up on the top floor, providing the public with a flowing, varied itinerary. Exploiting this transparency and the fragmented form, the strip shops engage the visitors as they circulate through the building. With a unique industrial sense of order, a regular, well-defined interior the building contrasts with the surrounding urban fabric, a neighbourhood in which no buildings relate in height, form, scale or materials. The intimate, inner sense of space relates to Japanese tradition in the ‘tsuboniwa’ or formal Japanese garden.

Client: World Company / United Arrows     

Total area: 1,476 sqm

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Status: Built
Location: Tokyo, JP