- Location Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
- Value Confidential
- Size 189,000 m²
- Client Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd
- Year 2018
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya is the second tower designed by Hopkins Architects in the historic centre of the Japanese capital. On the edge of the world-famous shopping district Ginza and facing the Imperial Palace and its gardens, this project is a major new commercial and civic centre that has seen over twenty-eight million visitors in the first year since its opening.
Historically significant, Hibiya is an area associated with the modernisation of Japan, a place where foreign traders and diplomats met their Japanese counterparts, later becoming Tokyo’s theatreland and centre for entertainment. The richness of cultural history at this location is evidenced by the continued use of the adjacent Nissay and Takarazuka theatres and even in the softer, more informal urban realm surrounding it.
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya represents the latest layer in this history. Hopkins’ design strategy takes a considered urban approach, bringing the public realm into the building both horizontally and vertically. The Hibiya Plaza leads into multiple typologies of commercial space on the lower levels. Intimate arcades are intertwined with theatres, cinemas and other events venues, forming a vibrant base for a conference centre, collaborative working environment for start-ups and over twenty storeys of high-quality office space above. The stepped garden on the sixth floor is a lively public space that, with its open terraces and greenery, directly addresses the adjacent Hibiya Park.
To create a project of this size in central Tokyo, of such programmatic and technical complexity, practically a city within a city, is a rare privilege for a foreign architect.
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya constitutes a respectful dialogue between the traditional and forward-looking nature of Japanese culture. Tactile details and proportions of the stone façade at the base of the building reference the stone facades of the adjacent buildings typical of Hibiya and the original ‘San shin’ building on the site. The gentle curves of the glass tower above stand in contrast with the more rectangular forms of the nearby Marunouchi financial district. Nicknamed “Dancing Tower”, this landmark is created by playful, yet carefully crafted geometry that reflects light quite uniquely, unlike any of its rectangular neighbours.