Louis Vuitton store
1 East 57th Street (corner with Fifth Avenue)
New York, NY 10022
Jun Aoki 2004 (exterior façade)
Louis Vuitton’s 20,000 square foot
store in Manhattan is built in the New York Trust Company building, most
recently occupied by Warner Brothers. The transformation of the building's
exterior from 1930 art deco into contemporary luxury was designed by Jun
Aoki, the Japanese architect responsible for Louis Vuitton’s retail
appearance in Japan.
Aoki describes his glass façade as
“a playfully sleek meditation on crystalline transparency and clouded
translucency.” The white milkiness created by a ceramic coating on the inner
surface of the glass extends into the window openings, where a white
checkerboard pattern creates a gradual transition from opacity to
transparency – a similar effect to that used in most modern cars where black
dots printed on the glass are used to suggest that the windows are larger
than the metal frames behind them.
In the Louis Vuitton store the
transition is intriguingly effective, both during the day and at dusk.
Simon Glynn 2005
How to visit
The store is on the north-east
corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, and is open seven days a week. For
more information and opening times please call +1 212 758-8877 (toll-free
in the U.S. 1-866-VUITTON) or visit
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