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Not many buildings are inspired by naughty Japanese schoolboys but that was what producer Sadahiro Nakamura had in mind when he came up with the concept for the Soho office project on the Tokyo waterfront. “I was thinking of delinquent schoolboys,” he says. “The ones whose uniforms look ordinary from the outside but are lined inside with flashy embroidery.” When you see the building in question, you see what he means. It’s black on the outside – local building regulations limited the colour options to black or silver – and spectacularly multi…

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