About two weeks ago, the fella and I decided to indulge in one of our favourite pastimes and that is wandering the streets of Harajuku and Omote-sando. We take the camera, take some mags, wander, have coffee, cake and a read somewhere, wander some more, take a whole heap of photos and generally just take in the sights. We both love the areas for different reasons that are all related. Ben loves the architecture and design aspect, whereas I am into the fashion and people watching that all comes together in this small pocket of Tokyo.
So I was not too surprised when we sidled down one of the back streets where the fashion house Prada is situated. The building is incredible. Designed by Herzog and de Meuron in 2003
Designed by Herzog and de Meuron in 2003. The objective of the designers was "to reshape both the concept and function of shopping, pleasure and communication, to encourage the meshing of consumption and culture."
Jacques Herzog has described the glass panes “an interactive optical device. Because some of the glass is curved, it seems to move as you walk around it. That creates awareness of both the merchandise and the city—there's an intense dialogue between actors. Also, the grid brings a human scale to the architecture, like display windows. It's almost old-fashioned.”
The interior is absolutely beautiful too (no photos allowed of course). Felt like I was walking in space. The panes definitely do create an optical illusion and when you walk close to the windows you almost feel you are walking out over the people below you without anything underneath - like you are floating.
My fiance saved the best part of the evening for last, buying me a pair of beautiful Prada shoes to wear on our wedding day. Those we were allowed to take a photo of, but the shoes are a surprise until the big day.
Labels: Art n Architecture, Tokyo, Wedding Wowsers