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Ito in Tokyo

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Toyo Ito's store for Italian shoemaker Tod's resembles the wrapping of a parcel in multiple ribbons; the dark glazed voids only hinting at the open floors behind. At night this figure-ground relationship reverses, with the lit floors of this seven-level building revealed, framed by the silhouette of concrete ribbons. The store joins other luxury shops in the area, including Herzog & de Meuron's Prada, to which it bears a family resemblance, though it avoids Prada's uniformity of cladding grid. Inside, the plain white surfaces and minimal goods displays make the cladding a strong part of the interior experience.

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