Within the skeleton of an ordinary RC building, the store of the skin-care brand Aesop was created out of the re-use of miscellaneous materials. These materials were all easily available; some were collected from an old demolished house which provided shelving material that we mixed with new plywood. As this store Aesop Aoyama is the first and flagship store in Japan, we have made their office visible from the shop so that the lively atmosphere of the office can be seen from within the shop. The store’s gentle connection to the neighbouring area is achieved by the design of the façade; the sashes of the façade partly cover the exterior walls, blurring the boundary between the interior and the exterior. Viewed from the street, the new store looks as if it has long been part of the area.
title : Aesop Aoyama
architects：Jo Nagasaka+Naoki Takatsuka／Schemata Architects
address:Aoyama Shibuya Tokyo