Shopping Guide: Omotesando, Tokyo

A cheat sheet to Tokyo’s tree-lined shopping district that doubles as a virtual outdoor architecture museum.

1. Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Designed by the late Pritzker winner Kenzo Tange, the curvy concrete edifice is one of two arenas built in Yoyogi Park for the ’64 Olympics.

2. Gyre Retail Complex
Daring Dutch firm MVRDV created the asymmetrical stack of five stories (and two lower levels) of shops and eateries linked by a dramatic atrium.

3. Dior
Sanaa, the Japanese firm behind Connecticut’s Grace Farms and Manhattan’s New Museum, designed this 2004 structure, which glows like a lantern.

4. Louis Vuitton
Longtime LV collaborator Jun Aoki designed the flagship in 2002 (and a Ginza outpost in 2013). The brand’s Espace art gallery is on the top floor.

5. One Omotesando
Tipping the hat to traditional wooden buildings, Kengo Kuma hid an irregular structure behind a curtain wall of wooden louvers.

6. Tod’s
Toyo Ito, yet another Pritzker Prize winner, created a branch-like façade for the seven-story 2004 building that mimics the trees along Omotesando’s sidewalks.

7. Prada Aoyama
Swiss designers Herzog & de Meuron gave this 2003 shop a gabled-roof shape and maxed out the space by wrapping it in a latticelike grid of windows.

8. Nezu Museum
Reconstructed by Kuma in 2009, it houses a private collection of premodern Japanese artworks once owned by a railroad tycoon.

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