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A folding geometric facade makes this building by Japanese architecture firm Amano Design Office stand out from its neighbors. Facing the back side of a the central street in ginza, tokyo, the surrounding large buildings turn their backs onto the street edge, making the atmosphere unwelcoming for pedestrians. The brief for the new commercial development required a building that would attract visitors to this back-end street. A double skin structure was employed, as views from the interior offer limited visual delight. The sustainable designed feature consists of glass curtain walls with graphically treated aluminum punched metal. Computer algorithms determined the irregular form, which reduced the need for air conditioning. The existing context consists of mostly horizontal and vertical geometric shapes, and the new folded facade demands attention with its seemingly random exterior.
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