The new KPF-designed mixed-use district will add 231,400 sm of office, residential, retail, and hospitality space to the neighbourhood of Kioicho in Tokyo.
KPF’s new Tokyo Garden Terrace opens today in Kioicho, a neighborhood in the southern district of the Chiyoda ward. Seibu Properties is the developer for the project, with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates serving as Design Architect and Nikken Sekkei serving as Executive Architect.
The new development is composed of two towers as well as the historical preservation of the 1930 imperial home of Yi Un, the last crown prince of Korea. The site is also home to the Benkei Moat and Shimizudani Park which date back to the 17th Century, and was previously occupied by the work of by Japanese modernist architect Kenzo Tange, an influential patron of the Metabolism architecture movement of the 1960s.
The two towers adopt the rectangular massing native to Kioicho’s skyline, as well as vertical and horizontal striations loyal to Tange’s vernacular. The 36-story ‘Kioi Tower’, a mixed-use tower has 5 floors of retail at the base, 23 floors of office space, and is crowned by The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a 250-key hotel occupying the top 7 floors. Each office floor boasts 3,300 meters of open, flexible space. Yahoo! Japan, the anchor tenant, will occupy 20 of the 23 office floors. The façade, a chevron curtain wall with aluminum rectangular frames, defines the clear composition of retail, office, and hospitality. The stacking volumes of the mixed-use tower reflects the tradition Japanese Jubako, as well as Tange’s advocacy of Metabolism. The adjacent 21-story ‘Kioi Residence’ has 135 units, and utilizes a bronze metal panel façade to express warmth. Through careful articulation and the use of setbacks, the two towers are deferential to their surrounding context while maintaining their own distinct character.
At the podium of the ‘Kioi Tower’, a stone façade integrates the new construction into the natural landscape. Connections to five subway lines at Nagatacho Station and Akasaka-Mitsuke Station situates Tokyo Garden Terrace as a convenient destination for visitors and tenants.
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is one of the world’s pre-eminent architecture firms, providing architecture, interior, programming and master planning services for clients in both the public and private sectors. Operating as one firm with six global offices, KPF is led by 26 Principals and 20 Directors. The firm’s 600+ staff members come from 43 different countries, speak more than 30 languages, and include over 80 LEED accredited professionals. KPF’s diverse portfolio, which features over 70 projects certified or pursuing green building certification, comprises corporate, hospitality, residential, academic, civic, transportation, and mixed-use projects located in more than 35 countries.
The firm’s work currently under construction includes New Songdo City, a city made from scratch on re-claimed land along Incheon’s waterfront in Korea; the new Midfield Terminal at the Abu Dhabi Airport, which will process over 50 million travelers each year; One Vanderbilt, a new office tower connecting underground to Grand Central Terminal; and a post-superstorm Sandy resiliency master plan for the revitalization of the New York City Housing Authority’s Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn.
This year, three KPF super-tall towers will be completed: the 115-story Ping An Financial Centre in Shenzhen; the 111-story CTF Finance Centre in Guangzhou; and the 123-story Lotte World Tower in Seoul. The three new towers join their KPF predecessors in Shanghai and Hong Kong, and compose half of the world’s top ten tallest buildings.