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You Need To See This Stunning Origami-Inspired Building In Tokyo

You've never seen something quite like this.

An 11-storey building made from 5,315 aluminium panels has been unveiled in Ginza Crossing, considered the Times Square of Tokyo.

And it’s absolutely spectacular.

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First planned back in 2012, this stunning, monumental structure is already turning heads. The huge area – 7350 square metres, to be exact – has been inspired by the Japanese folding art of origami, with diamond-shaped panels covering the beautiful building.

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The architecture firm responsible for the incredible renovations is Tokyo-based Klein Dytham, who won a competition with its tradition-meets-ultra-modern design, and have acknowledged the massive pressure they were put under, given the immensely popular location. “We do a lot of buildings”, said co-founder Mark Dytham. “But if we got this wrong we’d have really messed up.”

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Owned by Sapporo Brewing, the building is currently home to Nissan Crossing, with flagship stores for Nissan and Sony as well as a number of cafes, restaurants and more. Built in three parts, with glass coating covering each panel, the building was not only an aesthetic challenge, but a geographical one; Tokyo’s famous earthquakes meant that each of the thousands of diamond-shaped panels had to be at least 12mm away from the next, to avoid them scraping together during an earthquake.

Just, wow.

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(All images: Klein Dytham)

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