Item description for Herzog & De Meuron: Prada Aoyama Tokyo by Jacques Herzog, Pierre De Meuron, Miuccia Prada & Patrizio Bertelli...
This is highly physical, tactile architecture, but it is also spatially complex, with its steel shafts penetrating the central volume, its multiple staircases, and its crystalline but irregular form. It is also the start of architecture's next big thing. --Deyan Sudjic, The Observer In the Aoyama district of Tokyo, a mixed-use neighborhood of low-rise buildings where not a square meter of land has been left unoccupied, the Swiss architecture team of Herzog & de Meuron has built a new store for Prada. In this chunky, silvery book, they meticulously illustrate the creative process that led to the realization of "a house and a plaza," a tall and narrow kaleidoscope-like structure that houses a two-story retail space and multiple levels of offices, backed by an outdoor space for the public--a rarity in crowded Tokyo. The finished structure, encased in a visually porous shell or skin, is as decorative as it is architectural--or as architectural as it is decorative--and is both metaphorically and literally linked to its surrounding environment, and to the idea of the garment. Here is the story of a theoretically and structurally complex building told lovingly and simply by its architects, through words, models, sketches, photographs, and architectural renderings.
Essays by Germano Celant and Herzog & de Meuron.~ Introductions by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli.
Paperback, 6.5 x 8.25 in./396 pgs / 983 color.
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New Book Jul 30, 2006
I am generally happy about the book, except when I am buying a 100 dollars book I will expect more from it, in particular in this situation, the back of book has a lot of scratches... certainly it won't affect the content whatsoever, but this is a book designed and made to be pure white with shinny silver pattern. That is the only drawback.