Japan’s tallest building by Pelli Clarke & Partners comes out on top
Pelli Clarke & Partners’ A district tower, a 330-meter mixed-use skyscraper in central Tokyo, has finally peaked to become the tallest building in the country. The tower is part of the Tora Asa Urban Villagewhich aims to “forge a city within the city” and revitalize downtown Tokyo. A neighborhood tower will include large-scale office space, residences, a school, medical center and commercial facilities, as well as extensive green spaces on the ground floor.
The overall concept of the project is to create a “vertical garden city within a modern urban village” where all facilities and public green spaces are interconnected and within walking distance of each other. Located in the Toronamon-Azabudai district of central Tokyo, the tower will provide 204,000 m² of large-scale office space with a standard floor area of approximately 4,300 m² and 13,000 m² of commercial space. Private residences will be built in partnership with Aman, operator of world-class hotels and resorts. The project will also include the Center for Preventive Medicine at Keio University (tentative name) and the British School of Tokyo, which is expected to be one of the largest international schools in central Tokyo.
The offices will occupy floors 7 to 52 and will be arranged in spacious column-free layouts to allow for freely open offices. Floors 54-64 of Tower A District will feature a 91-unit branded residence, with interiors designed by international design studio Yabu Pushelberg. The British School will occupy the first 8 floors, joined by the medical center (floors 5 and 6) and commercial spaces (ground floor to 4th floor).
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The entire building will utilize a very high level of earthquake resistance to help ensure the continued safety of tenants. On the environmental side, tenants will be able to decarbonize their activities by offering 100% renewable energy, in line with the international environmental initiative Renewable Energy 100% (RE100). Various other systems will also be provided to allow the entire complex to be used as a workplace for free and creative working styles unique to the Toranomon-Azabudai project.
Mori Building Co. Ltd began construction of the “Toranomon-Azabudai District Category 1 Urban Redevelopment Project” in 2019. The public realm and lower-level architecture are created by UK-based Heatherwick Studio, the three skyscrapers sky are designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and the retail space are envisioned by Sou Fujimoto Architects. The project is expected to be completed in 2023.