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This crystalline structure in Aoyama is Prada’s flagship store in Tokyo. One of their most iconic stores to date, it was designed in 2003 by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. Easily distinguishable by its structure and geometrical façade, this building has become one of the city’s architectural marvels. The building has a boxy base with an asymmetrical roof, making its shape look different depending on one’s viewpoint. The building’s exterior is simple yet fascinating and eye-catching due to the symmetrical grid formed by the glossy glass windows and aluminum frames. The frames you see from the outside, work as the building’s skeleton, creating the structure and providing support in addition to being one of the distinctive elements of the façade. The façade is conceived as a porous spatial structure: one could almost say the building does not even have a façade. Its glazing is only an external shell,…