Nicolas G. Hayek Center (Tokyo, Japan: 2008)

How do you create retail frontage for seven different Swatch group brands when the building you’re working with is only 56-feet wide? Shigeru Ban solved this challenge by stacking stores on top of each other in this Tokyo boutique, and then creating a small series of ground floor showrooms with individual elevators only linking to the specific brand. It’s a structure that works like clockwork, a fitting design for the boutique watchmaker.  Photo 7 of 11 in 11 Buildings by Shigeru Ban