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Christian Dior Store

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Christian Dior Store, Omotesando, Tokyo

Omotesando is a shopping strip more famous for its architecture than for the designer merchandise sold there. Herzog & de Meuron did Prada, Toyo Ito did Tod’s, and Tadao Ando designed the local mall. But our favorite is SANAA’s diaphanous showcase for Dior. In a district where every building is a spectacle, the Pritzker Prize–winning firm built a deceptively simple box of light. The effect is magical, especially at night.

Weird Beauty: Don’t forget to check out Gyre by the Dutch firm MVRDV, just down the street.

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