La Collezione

Address: 6-1-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku | TOKYO | Japan
Latitude/Longitude: 35.663, 139.716

La Collezione is a collection of independent boutiques, galleries, an exercise club and a residence, held together in a concrete mesh of simple, interconnected shapes: two rectangular boxes at a slight angle to each other, with an interlocking cylinder and a cube.

The complex spaces created by the interconnection of the simple shapes creates a maze of circulation routes, intended to be dramatic and challenging. The effect is partially successful, but the concrete has not aged well, and the some of the circulation spaces are a little mean and dark, and so not as uplifting as they perhaps should be. Occasionally, though, the drama comes through.

⇒ Architecture Guide to TOKYO