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Thursday, September 4, 2008

De Beers headquarters

One of the newest additions to Ginza is the De Beers headquarters, which opened this spring. The glass and steel tower squiggles up towards the sky, a remarkable contortion in such a confined space. In fact, this alley is so narrow it’s hard to get a good look at the structure, but its claw-like top can be spotted from all over the neighbourhood.
Designer Jun Mitsui was also the brain behind Omotesando’s Jewels of Aoyama, and there are many similarities between the two projects: an interest in breaking up volume three-dimensionally, a contrast between materials, and most of all a strong vertical orientation. from De Beers headquarters