Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Midtown

Project Facts
  • Completion Year 2007
  • Design Finish Year 2004
  • Size Site Area: 68,897 square meters Building Height: 248 meters Number of Stories: 53 Building Gross Area: 563,801 square meter
  • Rentable Area 37954
  • Awards
    2007, Best Mixed Use Building, MIPIM Asia 2008, Global Award for Excellence, Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Collaborators
    Buro Happold Consulting Engineers Edaw Frank Nicholson Inc. Nikken Sekkei, Ltd. Shimizu Art Office Ryo Yasuda Ihara Design Office Sakakura Atelier Kengo Kuma & Associates Jun Aoki Associates Tadao Ando Architecst & Associates Fisher Marantz Stone, Inc. Communication Arts
Project Facts
  • Completion Year 2007
  • Design Finish Year 2004
  • Size Site Area: 68,897 square meters Building Height: 248 meters Number of Stories: 53 Building Gross Area: 563,801 square meter
  • Rentable Area 37954
  • Awards
    2007, Best Mixed Use Building, MIPIM Asia 2008, Global Award for Excellence, Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Collaborators
    Buro Happold Consulting Engineers Edaw Frank Nicholson Inc. Nikken Sekkei, Ltd. Shimizu Art Office Ryo Yasuda Ihara Design Office Sakakura Atelier Kengo Kuma & Associates Jun Aoki Associates Tadao Ando Architecst & Associates Fisher Marantz Stone, Inc. Communication Arts

Tokyo Midtown boldly reclaims an 8-hectare site for public benefit. SOM’s master plan allocates 465,000 square meters of mixed-use development and includes a five-acre park. A signature tower, one of Tokyo’s tallest, contains offices, residences, and a hotel. It anchors the project’s southeast corner, while adjacent lower buildings form “foothills” in a design inspired by traditional gardens in Zen temples.

Multiple overlapping planes in the buildings’ elevations recall Japanese Shoji screens that veil rather than enclose, and also imply spatial continuity. A soaring glass plane intersecting the north and south faces of the tower re-proportions the building and marks the axis of a plaza that connects to a retail galleria and the street beyond.