Maison Hermès

Maison Hermès

In 1998, Maison Hermès asked RPBW to design its Japanese headquarters in Tokyo. Harumi-dori is chosen, the main street of the Ginza district. The site has atypical development: a long and tight lot that forces the building to grow above all in height. The result is a 15-storey building (of which 3 basements), 45 meters long and 11 meters wide. The lining element consists of a single 45 cm square meter module repeated for 13,000 times. The size of each module corresponds to a molten glass drop: a measure determined physically by the surface tension of the material.


Project data


Phase one: 1998 - 1999

Phase two: 2002 - 2004


Phase one: 2000 - 2001

Phase two: 2005 - 2006

Site area

Phase one: 1581 m2

Phase two: 2720 m2


Total floor area

Phase one: 6071 m2

Phase two: 8543 m2


45 m (56 m with thw 2005 - 2006 extension)


11 m


45,55 m


12 + 3 basements



Hermès Japan


Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in collaboration with Rena Dumas 


Phase one: Ove Arup & Partners (structure and services); Syllabus (cost control); Delphi (acoustics); Ph. Almon (lighting); R. Labeyrie (audio/video equipment); K. Tanaka (landscape); Atelier 10/N.Takata (code research); ArchiNova Associates (site supervision)

Phase two: GDLC Architectes/L. Couton (consulting architect); Ove Arup & Partners (structure and services); Delphi (acoustics); Ph. Almon (lighting); K. Tanaka (landscape); M. Gonzalez (specifications); ArchiNova Associates (site supervision); Takenaka Corporation Design Department (consulting executive architect)

Consulting executive architect

Takenaka Corporation Design Department


S. Shingu