This project was to give a new face to the cosmetics giant Shiseido’s 8,000 m2 headquarters grouped in three completely different looking adjacent buildings on the famous Namiki Dori street (equivalent to the rue de la Paix in Paris) in the Ginza area. One of the main features to link horizontally the three facades is a sand-blasted opalescent glass. Inspired by the “obi”, the thick belt made of finely embroidered fabrics women wear around their waists over the traditional Japanese kimonos, this belt wraps literally these buildings. It is further enhanced in the evening by optical fiber networked light beams. The central building’s French “Lens” stone panels had been carved at the famous Sekigahara stone factories such as to design the organic pattern of willow which grew in the old swamps on which is built today the entire Ginza district.