The concept of Topiade was created by identifying central attributes of the famous French fashion brand, Louis Vuitton : luxury, french, heritage and craftsmanship. The central challenge was to bring to Louis Vuitton a powerful and iconic yet versatile design that can represent the brand for a long time. Our decision was to associate the French topiary garden with Louis Vuitton .
Topiade brings to the facade of the building a vertical version of the luxurious and traditional french garden that redefine Louis Vuitton’s virtue. Several variants are proposed within the concept in various graphical layouts such as freely scattered, and in various Louis Vuitton patterns.
Topiade is composed of individual blocks. Topiary plants are grown on a skeletal armature of various shapes and sizes, arranged to be attached onto a covering layer of the existing facade. There are a number of structural solutions proposed. Among them, the structure design 1 features armature with soil/nutrient blocks and a network of water feeding pipes that double as connecting mechanism between the block and the building. Structure design 2 allows easy reconfiguration of the topiary block layouts by omitting the water feeding system, each blocks “snap” to the grid of the facade.
Topiade is a gregorysung project, designed with Aoi Hasegawa.