How does an architect combat an unattractive building site with uninspiring views? By employing a “double skin” comprised of glass and perforated aluminum, that’s how. Japanese architect Yoshihiro Amano did just that, with his beguilingly decorative Dear Ginza, an office building in Tokyo’s Ginza district.
“Considering the views from the inside, simply obtaining openness with glass seems futile, since the outside scenery is hopeless. Therefore, a double skin structure is employed, which consists of glass curtain walls and graphically treated aluminum punched metal. The façade becomes a part of the interior decoration and obviates the need for window treatments such as blinds or curtains,” while reducing both air conditioning and glass cleaning requirements.
“In the neighborhood of mostly modernist architecture with horizontal and vertical or geometric shapes, the building has,” says the architect, “a proper feeling of strangeness.” Strangely ravishing, we say.