Sight Inspection

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PURE AND SIMPLE: The museum aims to strip design of its commercial baggage

Since the awe-inspiring Tokyo Midtown development opened in the Roppongi district in March, well-heeled residents of the Japanese capital have been flocking to its dining outlets, offices and boutiques. Issey Miyake is among the retail tenants of this $3 billion cathedral of commerce—but the leading fashion designer is hoping that shoppers and office workers will also make tracks for an intriguing, sleek structure located in a grassy corner of its 25-acre site.

With a fuselage-gray roof that comes to rest on the ground like giant wingtips, the building has the look of a vast origami stealth bomber. Created...

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