Fashion Museum competition entry attempts to become new landmark in Tokyo cityscape
Le Mannequin is an entry into the Tokyo Fashion Museum 2010 competition; the task was set to design a structure containing exhibition spaces for 20th century fashion history, in an effort to become a new landmark in the Tokyo cityscape. Le Mannequin is set to stand in Omotesando Street - an iconic promenade containing many global high fashion houses. The alabaster facade of the 110m tall tower is draped in black concrete whilst the large entrance atrium space features a bottom lit cat-walk.
The 20s – 60s exhibition spaces (150 sq m over one storey per exposition) tumble over each other, allowing glimpses into and out of adjoining genres. The runway space articulates the building form between the 60s and 70s spaces, (300 sq m over two stories per exposition) and hopes to provide a dramatic element to the skyline of the street. The two 100 sq m panoramic urban balconies slice into the core of the form, complementing the vibrancy of (and allowing glances into) the multi-storey entrance foyer as well as to the fashion show space in the centre of the building.
The exhibition spaces, contrary to the vibrant animation of other public areas, are set to be an example of dynamic minimalism and are non-discriminating to any of the displayed fashion periods. White finishes contrast dark hardwood floors, broken only by the glimpses of red from the staircase spine. The crimson spine, zipping the fabric of the building together, allows visitors to move between spaces as high speed 3D dynamic lifts transport them up to the rooftop Japanese garden and sky bar.