In response to 2 contradictory requests made by the client – 1) an open and inviting façade, and 2) a closed interior not to be seen from the outside – architectural design studio stad proposed a wide-open facade with a hanging diagonal wall. The design is for the boutique shop Trent, which recently opened in the Vioro mall in Fukuoka.

Photographs by Hiroshi Mizusaki | click to enlarge

Toru Shimokawa, the lead architect, covered the façade with hundreds of copper sheets the same size as the stone plates on the floor.

The façade will capture the passage of time as the copper sheets gradually lose their luster, turning a reddish-brown, due to oxidation and corrosion.