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Cocoons By Patkau Architects
Cocoons by Patkau Architects seemed the right choice for Dover Street Market, Tokyo. Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcon is no stranger to statement making versatility. So it didn’t come as a surprise when she chose Patkau Architects (a firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) to create dressing rooms for the Dover Street Market, Tokyo location. When Rei saw Patkau’s ice skating cocoons she was intrigued to desire the same in stainless steel.
It would embody all the things the Japanese love; good design with a sense of humour, that is incredibly stylish and efficient. Dover Street Market combines art installations with an exclusive collection of fashion designers. Each location has to be different. Each location has its own identity. The Comme des Garcon aesthetic is encouraged whilst promoting local artists installations.
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Using thin stainless steel strips. The changing rooms are made to appear seamless with a lit floor and translucent white door, which allows for the internal cavity to be illuminated. Patkau Architects created an entirely different feeling with steel as it was treated like clothing from the onset. The cocoons by Patkau Architects look like an art installation at first. On closer inspection you can see it’s intention; to be uber chic changing pods once you step inside. They seemed to make a perfect match for a shopping experience created by Rei Kawakubo .
Patkau is gaining a reputation for creating these little cocoons that take on many uses. Each Dover Street Market location is curated by Rei Kawakubo. Each one different from the next. It’s possible the stainless steel changing cocoons by Patkau architects will only be seen in Japan. Dover Street Market originated in London located on 17-21 Dover Street. Other locations are found in New York, Singapore & Tokyo. I wonder where these cocoons will pop up next?