By  on December 2, 2010

TOKYO — Marc Jacobs’ long-awaited flagship here is about to throw open its doors.

The 2,800-square-foot building features three distinct layers: one of glass, a second of rock covered in terra-cotta tiles and a third resembling a lantern that illuminates at night. Stephan Jaklitsch Architects has already snagged an award from the American Institute of Architects for the structure, which is located in the Aoyama district near Prada, Kate Spade and Reed Krakoff. The uppermost layer, a hollow cube of perforated aluminum, is particularly eye-catching and gives the illusion of a third story. Word has it that the building codes only allowed there to be two floors.

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