Herzog & de Meuron
Project
2000-2002
Realization
2001-2003
178_CP_0307_700_CHR
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Process

The new building is located in a heterogeneous district of predominantly low-rise buildings.

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The crystalline tower, evoking the shape of a bag or a traditional house, is essentially a logical consequence of the complex local building regulations.

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The vertical access cores and horizontal pipes are linked to form a load-bearing system. In the models, the pipes create quiet zones within the fluid sequence of spaces

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Models of the glass facade, moss cladding, snorkels and presentation counters in the Basel studio.

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The diamond-shaped panes of glass are the facade’s external echo of the horizontal pipes within, which form separate interior spaces, each with its own functions and aesthetic qualities.

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The building is striking for its height, its sculptural glass shell and the new plaza.

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The diamond-shaped panes of glass provide vistas of the city as if through a lens; the displays show the merchandise. The cabinet-like spaces of the horizontal pipes create an artificial ambience.

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Drawings

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178_DR_080807_S1_M1

Team

Facts

Client
Prada (PRADA Japan Co.,Ltd), Tokyo, Japan
Planning
Architect Planning: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Landscape Design: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Associate Architect: Takenaka Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Structural Engineering: Takenaka Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Structural Engineering: WGG Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG, Basel, Switzerland
Mechanical Engineering: Takenaka Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Electrical Engineering: Takenaka Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Specialist / Consulting
Facade Consulting: Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG, Basel, Switzerland
Lighting Consulting: Arup Lighting, London, UK
Fire Protection Consulting: Takenaka Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Large Scale Store Law: Takenaka Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Building Data
Site Area: 10'257 sqft, 953 sqm
Gross floor area (GFA): 30'784 sqft, 2'860 sqm
Number of levels: 7
Footprint: 3'971 sqft, 369 sqm
Length: 65 ft, 20 m
Width: 72 ft, 22 m
Height: 104 ft, 32 m
Links
www.prada.com
www.fondazioneprada.org

Bibliography

Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: “Herzog & de Meuron 1997-2001. Das Gesamtwerk. Band 4.
Edited by: Gerhard Mack. Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 2008. Vol. No. 4

Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.): “Arquitectura Viva. Herzog & de Meuron 1978-2007.
2nd rev. ed. Madrid, Arquitectura Viva, 2007

Nobuyuki Yoshida (Ed.): “Architecture and Urbanism. Herzog & de Meuron 2002-2006.
Tokyo, A+U Publishing Co., Ltd., 08.2006.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia, Richard Levene (Eds.): “El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 2002-2006. Monumento e Intimidad. The Monumental and the Intimate.
Vol. No. 129/130, Madrid, El Croquis, 2006.

“Prada Aoyama Epicenter in Tokio. Prada Aoyama Epicentre in Tokyo.”
In: Christian Schittich (Ed.). “Detail. Zeitschrift für Architektur und Baudetail. Bauen mit Glas.” Vol. No. 10, Munich, Institut für internationale Architektur-Dokumentation GmbH & Co., 10.2004. pp. 1131-1137.

Deyan Sudjic: “Cultura e Mercato. Commerce and Culture.”
In: Deyan Sudjic (Ed.). “Domus. Architettura, Design, Arte, Comunicazione. Architecture, Design, Art, Communication.” Vol. No. 861, Milan, Domus S.p.A., 07.2003. pp. 44-61.

Herzog & de Meuron: “Colmena y Escaparate. Edificio Prada en Aoyama, Tokio.”
In: Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.). “Arquitectura Viva. Vol. No. 91”, Madrid, Arquitectura Viva, 07.2003. pp. 46-53.

Herzog & de Meuron: “Prada Aoyama Tokyo. Herzog & de Meuron.
Edited by: Germano Celant. 2nd ed. Milan, Progetto Prada Arte srl, 2003.

Herzog & de Meuron. Natural History.
Edited by: Philip Ursprung. Exh. Cat. “Herzog & de Meuron. Archaeology of the Mind. Canadian Centre for Architecture.” Montreal. 23 October 2002 – 6 April 2003. 2nd ed. Baden, Lars Müller, 2005.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia, Richard Levene (Eds.): “El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 1998-2002. La Naturaleza del Artificio. The Nature of Artifice.” Vol. No. 109/110, Madrid, El Croquis, 2002.

Location