Speaking of Hiroshi Nakamura, it was unveiled yesterday that the architect’s proposal will be adopted for the redevelopment of the Omotesando and Meiji-dori intersection of Harajuku, where the old GAP store used to be (it closed down in January of this year). I remember often meeting up with friends in front of that GAP store because Harajuku station was too crazy (plus, you had Nigerians trying to lead you into their flea market, filled with designer knock-offs).
In a press release issued on Tuesday, Tokyu Land, the primary developer of the site, named Hiroshi Nakamura as the architect and said that they plan to officially break ground on Friday, November 12th. The planned completion date is Spring of 2012.
Although Tommy Hilfiger was the only Tenant who was named, word on the street is that the other 2 primary tenants will be A&F’s hipper younger sibling Hollister, and American Eagle. A little too American, if you ask me.
It’s also worth noting that the architect himself made a point of stating that the renderings were for leasing purposes only, alluding to the possibility of a design change.
via snow mag and tputh
Update [March 16, 2012]
With the grand opening of Tokyu Plaza Omotesand Harajuku about 1 month away – April 18th, to be exact – pictures of the structure have started to emerge on twitter. Here are a couple crowd-sourced images that I found (linked to the source). That entrance is pretty insane. Something right out of Stargate.