When the design process started in October 2012, the idea behind the new Max&Co building in Tokyo was to build a piece of architecture that could express a clear identity through simplicity. Andrea Tognon Architecture describe their design approach as a composition of few architectural elements shaped and displayed in an attempt to link Italian and Japanese history of architectural forms. From Italian rationalism to Japanese classical tradition, in this building you can find elements or materials or a way to approach the space that reflect these two styles.
The building is a composition of few familiar architectural elements: a column displayed in a transparent box, two golden staircases climbing to a golden pergola overlooking the city. A stone bench on a sidewalk, like a public art piece making a pause in the busy flux of this street. The space is unique. A mix of elegant comfortable furniture elements and strongly iconic architectural pieces. Floors are littered with natural walnut wood and pastel colored displays and tables, facing a fabulous Cipollino marble iconic pilaster and the two staircases nestled as a sculptural and dynamic background.
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