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‘Fujitsubo’, Tokyo

a 'vessel of light' in Tokyo's fashionable Omotesandō

‘Fujitsubo’, Tokyo
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The press release for this rather otherworldly construction states that it is “structurally, the shape of a barnacle” and this is the reason for the name…. ‘Fujitsubo’, which of course we assume is Japanese for barnacle. Whilst we’re unsure whether this is something that is lost in translation, or simply typically pretentious art-speak, one thing that we’re totally sure about is the elegant beauty of this alluring, reflective edifice. A stones throw from Omotesandō, Tokyo’s answer to the Champs-Élysées, this beauty parlour, designed by Hirotani Yoshihiro and Ishida Yusaku of Archivision Hirotani Studio is a stunning, copper clad structure with three chimney-like roofs, each with a roof-light that leads natural light through a series of inner floors into the ground floor lobby. The press release continues to tell us that this “small piece of architecture is an experimental expression of the universal theme of light and time”, we’ll just leave you with the sensational imagery and one word that perfectly sums it up…. ‘exquisite’.

'Fujitsubo', Tokyo
'Fujitsubo', Tokyo
'Fujitsubo', Tokyo
'Fujitsubo', Tokyo
'Fujitsubo', Tokyo
'Fujitsubo', Tokyo
'Fujitsubo', Tokyo

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