Ginza Place 是东京银座商业区的一个大型商业开发项目，可以说是日本近年来最受瞩目的一个商业地块。一个世纪以来，银座以其优雅和复杂，逐渐成为日本文化和商业的中心。Ginza Place大胆而精心设计的立面，成为繁华的四丁目街口的收官之作。
Ginza Place, a major commercial development in Tokyo’s famous Ginza shopping district, occupies arguably the most prominent recent development site in Japan. Ginza’s reputation for elegance and sophistication has made it a center of Japanese culture and commerce for more than a century. Ginza Place completes the neighborhood’s central intersection by introducing a bold and well calculated facade to the streetscape.
▼建筑外观，the front view ©Image courtesy Klein Dytham architecture
日本知名的鸢尾书店的设计师Klein Dytham architecture操刀此次设计，创造了一个综合了周边建筑的特点的公共形象。与此同时，设计反映了这个地区复杂的特征。银座不仅因为精品时装屋和艺术画廊而知名，更是一个巨大的当代建筑博物馆。许多日本乃至世界知名的建筑都汇聚于银座。
这个地块的业主是一家来自札幌的公司，拥有超过百年的历史，以啤酒而知名，业主希望在这个具有重要意义的地块建造一座不朽的作品。他们决心拆除原有的结构，并举办设计竞赛征集方案。Klein Dytham architecture与日本最领先的建筑工程公司大城建设合作完成了项目的改造。
Tokyo based Klein Dytham architecture handled the facade and building massing, and was tasked with creating a public face that synthesized the surrounding architecture and captured the energy of the intersection. At the same time, the design had to reflect the sophisticated character of the district. Ginza is known not only for its elite fashion houses and art galleries, but for its renowned collection of contemporary structures. Many of the biggest names in Japanese and international architecture have built in Ginza.
The realty arm of Sapporo, a company better known for beer, has owned the site for over 100 years. Seeking to create a building befitting a site of this importance, they decided to demolish the existing structure and hold a competition for the replacement. Klein Dytham architecture worked with leading Japanese construction company Taisei Corporation to realize their winning massing and facade proposal.
▼Ginza Place成为繁华的四丁目街口的收官之作，Ginza Place completes the neighborhood’s central intersection ©Image courtesy Klein Dytham architecture
The facade takes its inspiration from sukashibori, a type of open latticework found in traditional Japanese crafts. Typically used in small items like baskets or tableware, the panel system used here was blown up to match the scale of the architecture. The permeability of the system allowed the facade design to be opened and closed strategically. The flexible architectural skin is applied unevenly over the building mass, breaking the large facade into smaller sections.
▼立面设计的灵感来自日本传统手工艺品中的浮雕细工，the facade takes its inspiration from sukashibori ©Image courtesy Klein Dytham architecture
The larger composition of the facade takes cues from the surroundings, especially the Seiko Building (Wako Building) on the opposite corner of Ginza’s main crossing. The Seiko Building became a symbol of Ginza upon its completion in 1932, and its clock tower remains the icon of the area. Klein Dytham analyzed the facade, breaking it up into a short podium, a taller mid section, and a vertical extension at the top suggested by the upward thrust of the clock tower.
▼立面的尺度与对面的精工大厦相呼应，the facade design is responding to the Seiko Building ©Image courtesy Klein Dytham architecture
This increase in scale as the building rises from small to medium to large was repurposed in Ginza Place. The paneled facade is clearly divided into three sections, which reference the height of surrounding structures. The pattern is smallest at the base to establish a more intimate scale at pedestrian level. The panel facade begins on the second floor, where a wide aperture was made to reveal a Nissan show room behind.
▼立面在底部区域与人性尺度相适应，the pattern is smallest at the base ©Image courtesy Klein Dytham architecture
▼通透的尼桑展厅显得格外引人注目，the Nissan show room with transparent glass ©Image courtesy Klein Dytham architecture
The size of the panels increase in the middle and upper sections. The lower two sections of the panel system are both self contained; they swell and shrink parabolically to form an enclosed pattern. But the higher section continues to grow upwards, culminating in full floor-height panels at the building’s crown. This dramatic expression of vertical movement puts Ginza Place in direct conversation with the famous Seiko clock tower across the intersection.
▼立面呈现出有张力的动态，the facade has a dramatic expression of vertical movement ©Image courtesy Klein Dytham architecture
Each of the three sections are separated by horizontal breaks of floor-to-ceiling glass. The glazed sections on the third and seventh floor peel back to create broad balconies at the corner. Both balconies are occupied by restaurants that overlook Ginza crossing. Exposing public functions at the corner connects the activity in the building to the vibrant streets below. It also creates an opportunity for patrons to see and be seen in a way that is rare in Ginza, a district where most facades are formal and closed.
▼饭店所处的楼层带有开放露台，可以让客人享受“看”和“被看” 的乐趣，the restaurant with balconies is connected with the vibrant streets below ©Image courtesy Klein Dytham architecture
▼这个独特的立面是对于传统浮雕细工的完美演绎，this unique facade is a perfect transformation of the traditional sukashibori latticework ©Image courtesy Klein Dytham architecture
Creating a panel system of this complexity required close collaboration between Klein Dytham architecture and Taisei. The front face of each panel is made of a single piece of aluminum plate. Incisions were made in the plates which were then folded, welded at the seams, and powdercoated. Each panel was prefabricated and given an individual address to record its position on the facade.
Taisei oversaw the fabrication and installation of the panels. Flanges on the back of each piece were carefully attached to a bespoke metal substructure developed for Ginza Place and now patented by Taisei. This framing system responds to the seismic concerns in Tokyo by allowing panels to shift and resettle freely. Gaps between panels were minimized to a clearance of 8 millimeters. The level of care and craftsmanship visible in the facade does justice to the sukashibori latticework that inspired its form.
The facade interprets and reflects the lineage of craft that is the mainstay of Ginza. The panel system acknowledges traditional Japanese forms but repurposes them to create a permeable skin that welcomes the community in and contributes to the social atmosphere of the neighborhood.
The design of Ginza Place engages its surroundings both socially and architecturally. It pays special attention to the historic Seiko Building and the other structures on Ginza Crossing, effectively tying together the central intersection of Japan’s foremost commercial area. In doing so, it manages to be both a striking contemporary architectural statement and a responsible steward of the sophisticated culture that has always defined Ginza.
▼Ginza Place成为了一个有力的当代建筑宣言，a striking contemporary architectural statement ©Image courtesy Klein Dytham architecture