Mori Building Co., Ltd.
Mori Building Completes Construction of Toranomon Hills Business Tower
Will become a new international hub connecting Tokyo with the world and inspiring new innovation
Tokyo, January 21, 2020 -- Mori Building Co., Ltd, the leading urban landscape developer, announced today it has completed construction of the "Toranomon Hills Business Tower," part of the Toranomon 1-chome Type 1 City Redevelopment Project. This expansion of the Toranomon Hills complex will facilitate its evolution into a new international hub and global business center where global players will live, work and gather. The new building is scheduled to open in April.
Toranomon Hills Business Tower is a 36-story tower complex offering some 96,000m² of large-scale office space as well as around 7,600m² of retail space for shops and restaurants. The Tower is directly connected to the new Toranomon Hills station on the Hibiya subway line, which will commence partial service from June 6 this year; it is also connected to the existing Ginza subway line Toranomon station via an underground pedestrian walkway. A bus terminal will be located on the first floor for various bus lines, including the Bus Rapid Transit service which will connect the city center, and waterfront areas and airport limousine buses connecting the Toranomon area directly to Haneda airport. In addition, when Loop Road No. 2 is fully opened, it will enhance accessibility to Hanedea Airport. Toranomon Hills will serve as a new "Gateway of Tokyo" which will connect central Tokyo with the world.
A sizeable incubation center called "ARCH" with an area of around 3,800m² will host innovators in various fields, allowing them to collaborate on new business ventures by large-scale enterprises. ARCH aims to be a base for Japan's unique innovation ecosystem.
Mori Building is currently constructing Toranomon Hills Residential Tower, which is planned to be completed in January 2021, and (tentative name) Toranomon Hills Station Tower, which has been co-developed with the new Toranomon Hills station on the Hibiya subway line and completion of which is planned for July 2023. Mori Building aims to continue enhancing the magnetism of Tokyo as an international city through its creation of this new international hub and global business center in the Toranomon area.
Expansive office space with a total area of 96,000m² boasts easy access to Haneda Airport
Offices on 32 floors--from the 5th floor to the 36th floor--will provide a total working space of some 96,000m². The standard rentable floor space is about 3,000m² and features expansive pillarless layouts. The use of a full-height windows from floor to ceiling provides bright open spaces, enabling flexible office layouts that can accommodate a variety of working styles. Refreshment corners are provided in the common area on each floor aimed at promoting communication, and special areas are provided on each floor for the storage of supplies for use in the case of any emergencies or natural disasters.
The Tower is directly connected to the new Toranomon Hills station on the Hibiya subway line and the existing Ginza subway line Toranomon station via an underground pedestrian walkway. A bus terminal will be also located on the first floor, which will serve as the departure and arrival point for airport limousine buses and the bus rapid transit services connecting the city center and the Tokyo bay area. In addition, when Loop Road No. 2 running under Toranomon Hills is fully opened, it will be possible to reach Haneda Airport by road in 25 minutes, including by buses departing from the bus terminal. These factors will provide the convenience and transportation access that are indispensable for companies looking to expand their business globally, thus contributing to the business development of tenants.
Almost all of the available space has already been leased to Japanese and overseas companies in variety of industries. With the launch of the Toranomon Hills Business Tower, the total office area of the Toranomon Hills development will expand to approximately 195,000m².
Standard Floor Leasable Space
"ARCH" incubation center aims to be a base for Japan's unique innovation ecosystem
The 3,800 m² "ARCH" incubation center will be located on the fourth floor. ARCH is a new business creation base in the Toranomon Hills area and is one of the important components of its ambition to become a "Global Business Center".
Its facilities include meeting rooms, co-working space, a training room, cafe and lounge. The US-based venture capital firm WiL, which supports large enterprises' new business creation as well as investing in and nourishing new venture companies, participated in the planning and operation of the facility. It offers a range of support services including various sector know-how, educational programs and enlightenment events. In addition, specialists in new business support with a track record of creating new business opportunities within larger enterprises will be stationed exclusively at the facility; they will encourage collaboration between participating companies with the aim of supporting their new business development.
This incubation center will aim to become a base for Japan's unique innovation ecosystem by leveraging the abundant resources of established larger enterprises, such as their human resources, goods, capital and know-how, and supporting large enterprises' internal business reforms and new business creation.
By linking with various networks in Japan and overseas, ARCH will become a bridge between the various players in a number of industrial sectors, and will help innovations originating in Tokyo to permeate throughout Japan and overseas.
Retail facilities offering food & clothing aimed at supporting global lifestyles
From the first basement floor to the third floor, a total of 58 new stores occupying a total area of approximately 7,600 square meters will offer food and drink and other products and services aimed at supporting global players' lifestyles. On the first basement floor, there will be high-quality supermarkets and restaurants for daily use; the first floor will feature stores offering uniquely Japanese sweets, candies and wines suitable as unique souvenirs of Toranomon Hills. The second floor will host retailers of everything from everyday fashion items to miscellaneous goods. In addition to a wide range of restaurants offering lunch and dinner, the third floor will house Toranomon Yokocho, a landmark dining facility featuring offerings from famous stores from all over Tokyo.
A new transportation node that will function as the "Gateway to Tokyo"
On the first floor, a bus terminal of about 1,000 square meters will be connected to Toranomon Hills station on the Hibiya subway line and Toranomon station on the Ginza subway line. This bus terminal will serve as the departure and arrival point for airport limousine buses and the bus rapid transit services connecting the city center and the Tokyo bay area. On the second floor, a new pedestrian walkway connecting the business tower and Toranomon Hills Mori Tower has also been constructed. Together with the Shintora-dori Avenue constructed as a stretch of Loop Road No.2, this completes a new pedestrian network that will connect the entire Toranomon Hills area. In addition, When Loop Road No. 2 is fully opened, it will offer easy access to Interenational Hanedea Airport. Toranomon Hills will serve as a new "Gateway of Tokyo" which will connect central Tokyo with the world.
Creation of a new energy network
A plant that supplies electricity and heat to the area is located on the third basement floor. In order to facilitate the efficient use of energy and strengthen disaster prevention measures, the plant includes a private power generator complex incorporating a gas cogeneration system and a highly efficient heat generation system that utilizes large-scale water tanks and waste heat utilization facilities, creating an energy supply that is environmentally friendly. A back-up system that can supply electricity and heat in the aftermath of a disaster has also been installed, contributing to the safety and security of this global business center.
Electricity and heat supply
Collaboration between global architects and interior designers
Exterior architectural design was created by German architect Christoph Ingenhoven (Ingenhoven architects); the new building has been designed to harmonize with the existing Toranomon Hills Mori Tower and act as an international business hub. Interior design of retail facilities and "ARCH" was created by Masamichi Katayama (Principal of Wonderwall); it incorporates modern elements while reflecting the history and traditions of the surrounding Toranomon area.
Public art that colors the city
Public art works by three flourishing Asian contemporary artists with global reputations are displayed at office entrances and other places.
- Office Lobby: Mariko Mori "Cycloid V" 2018, Sculpture
This work incorporates various ideas about science, nature and the universe; these include the eternal cycle of the universe where birth and death are repeated and the Buddhist belief in reincarnation. Cycloid is a generic term for a trajectory drawn by a point on the circumference of a circle as it rotates along a straight line. It seems to amplify the energy within the office entrance by absorbing the magnetic force of Toranomon, rising while rotating like a complex Möbius strip. Shining like a pearl, the work's finish also creates a lively feeling of eternal rotation.
- Office Elevator Hall: Futo Akiyoshi "Naked Relations" 2013, 2014, 2016, 22 Paintings
Displayed in three white elevator halls, this is a work where oil paint has been thinly applied on a transparent acrylic plate. In this painting, where the overlap of colors and the movement of the brush are visible, it seems that only vivid colors are floating in empty space. The painted colors portray the connection of everything, involving the surrounding air and invisible energy.
- Entrance of Retail facilities: Tsang Kin-Wah "Blow If you Will Float In the Wind" 2020, Installation
Toranomon was once on the outer moat of Edo Castle, one of the four gates bearing animals that guarded it; Toranomon's featured a white tiger. This artwork sits in the entrance of the business tower - a new gate. The pillar in the center of the space is the tree trunk, and the text flowing on the glass surface represents the branches, leaves and petals falling on the ground and dancing in the wind. The mirrored ceiling makes the tree seem like it reaches into the heavens. The words of monks and thinkers such as Matsuo Basho, Zhuang Zhou and Mumon Gensen have been taken apart, and texts studded with the fragments convey imperfect aesthetics, such as beautiful changes in the four seasons, personal encounters and partings.
Toranomon Hills Business Tower overview
- Location: Toranomon 1-17-1, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
- Site area: 10,065 square meters
- Total floor area: 172,925 square meters
- Height: 185m
- Number of floors: 36 floors above ground, 3 floors below ground
- Structure: steel, reinforced concrete, sulphate-resisting cement
- Use: Offices, retails, business support facilities, and others
- Project executor: Toranomon 1-chome District Urban Redevelopment Association
- Design: Mori Building Co., Ltd. First-Class Registered Architect Office
- Designers: Ingenhoven Architects (exterior), Wonderwall (interior) and others
- Constructors: Obayashi Corporation, Kinden Corporation, Sanki Engineering Co., Ltd., Saikyu Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Background and future schedule
- June 2015: Designated as National Strategic Special Zone Project
- July 2015: Approval of the City Plan
- January 2016: Approval of the establishment of the Redevelopment Association
- February 2017: Start of construction
- January 2020: Completion
- April 2020: Opening (planned)
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