Designed by Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects, The Jewels of Aoyama is located in Tokyo, Japan. The corner building, surrounded by its larger neighbours, is set off as a centrepiece and creates a very strong identity for the complex as a whole and for the Minami Aoyama area as well. The different appearance of the two buildings helps to enhance their relationship; the main building’s limestone façade creates a cohesive background to contrast with the entirely glass surfaces of the corner building, while also revealing activity of the shops behind through its slit windows.
By dividing the project into two buildings, this provided the opportunity to create an open plaza space in the centre. This space creates an extra circulation zone at this central intersection, pulling people through the complex, and making a dynamic space at the tenant’s entry space. As people pass through, the intent is to evoke a response through the impact of the building design, and create interest in entering.