The Billboard Building in Moto Azabu, Tokyo, was conceived as more a billboard than a building (hence the name). The project is Klein Dytham Architecture’s smallest building to date, but also the most prominent, as it is situated on a busy junction in an upmarket neighbourhood. The architects decided that the tiny triangular site lended itself to a strong graphic presence, and so the building’s glass facade is covered with a graphic print of bamboo. The eye-catching graphic provides privacy, a screen from the bright south-facing sun, and brings a sense of greeny into the dense Tokyo cityscape.

What a great use of a graphic design to create a stunning architectural device!