Akari-Lisa Ishii designed a new lighting landmark at Tsukiji 4-chome crossing point in Tokyo. Architecture was renovated by Kengo Kuma. Convivial lighting welcomes the visitors to the building complex of boutiques, restaurants etc.
The facade was covered by slats in wooden color and texture. The distance between these slats and the facade itself is variable, creating a wave effect on the building.
Strips of LEDs are hidden behind these uprights to integrate architecture but above all create a halo that brings out this silhouette. Depending on the distance from the façade, the halo is more or less large. At night the wavy effect is accentuated by light. The wooden texture is highlighted by a warm color, of Japanese tradition, realized in LEDs.
The whole building is covered with these lamellas, but only central part is illuminated, in order to draw a trapezoidal form, reminder of the watergate, element inseparable from the history of the district.