Daikanyama T-Site, Japan, designed by Klein Dytham architecure, has won the ‘World’s Best Shopping Centres’ Award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2012. The judges praised it for ‘proposing a new direction combining retail with a social experience and integrating online retail with a tactile, physical experience. With its beautifully resolved form the design balances efficient use of space with an impressive garden experience. It was, they said, beautifully resolved in every aspect.
Daikanyama T-Site is a village-like complex for Tsutaya, a giant in Japan’s book, music, and movie retail market. Located in Daikanyama, an up-market but relaxed, low-rise Tokyo shopping district, it stands alongside a series of buildings designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki. The project draws on a host of design skills including architecture, interior, furniture and visual merchandising display. The project’s ambition is to define a new vision for the future of retailing. Tailored particularly to the over-50 “premier age” customers, Tsutaya’s normal product range is complimented by a series of boutique spaces carrying carefully curated merchandise. The building was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most dynamic architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a international shortlist of entries.