Toranomon-Azabudai Project

Toranomon-Azabudai Project
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Innovative multi-purpose development will create a city-within-a-city full of greenery

The concept of the Toranomon-Azabudai Project is a “MODERN URBAN VILLAGE”; it aims to be a huge open space at the heart of Tokyo filled with lush greenery that will bring people closer together and build a new community. The project will seamlessly weave offices, residences, a hotel, an international school, retail shops, restaurants and cultural facilities into the fabric of everyday life, encompassing work, learning, recreation, interaction and relaxation. This visionary project also aims to create “a city within a city”, which will constitute the “Hills of the future” by utilizing past experiences in the Hills-series of redevelopments. After spending 30 years on discussing and planning this project, its construction finally began on August 5, 2019.
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“MODERN URBAN VILLAGE” ― a huge open space filled with lush greenery, bringing people closer together

Toranomon-Azabudai Project is a completely new, unprecedented urban development project that will combine the sophistication of a megalopolis with the intimacy of a small village in the heart of Tokyo.
The vast 8.1 hectare area will be surrounded by lush greenery and will feature a verdant urban oasis of some 24,000 m² of green space, including a 6,000 m² central square. This new city will have a total floor area of 860,400 m², including 213,900 m² of office space, approx. 1,400 residential units and the main tower soaring to a height of approx. 330 meters.
This mixed-use city will host some 20,000 employees and 3,500 residents, and welcome 25-35 million visitors per year. A project of this scale is comparable to Roppongi Hills, and is the largest-scale urban redevelopment project that Mori Building has ever undertaken.
This visionary project also aims to create “a city within a city”, which will constitute the “Hills of the future” by utilizing past experiences in the Hills-series of redevelopments.
The Council of Creating Cities was established in 1989 in collaboration with some 300 rights holders; it then took some 30 years to discuss and plan the Toranomon-Azabudai area. In 2017, the Redevelopment Plan was approved as a designated National Strategic Special Zone, and construction began on August 5, 2019. The completion is scheduled for the end of March, 2023.

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A city where various aspects of people's lives will be connected seamlessly

The Toranomon-Azabudai Project will result in an urban environment where various aspects of people’s lives— working, living, relaxing, getting together, learning, playing—will be seamlessly connected. Rather than designing the city around facilities such as offices, residences and hotels, Mori Building is approaching this development from the perspective of human activity by removing the barriers between facilities. Here, various facilities will interact and collaborate, offering people the opportunity of totally new lifestyles; a place where people can spend their life in harmony with nature, where they will meet and live in a community, and where they can live creative and stimulating lives. The entire city, full of greenery, will become a place of learning, a workplace, a home, and a playground.

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Leading global innovators help to implement a “Modern Urban Village” concept

The world's top creators were assembled to realize the design of this unique “Modern Urban Village,” with Mori Building playing a pivotal role in the project organization. Public realm and lower level architecture were created by Heatherwick Studio from the UK, led by Thomas Heatherwick, the designer and creator of the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron. The three skyscrapers were designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects from the USA under the direction of the late César Pelli and Fred Clarke. The retail space was designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects of Japan, led by Sou Fujimoto. Other noted experts from around the world also participated.

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Connecting the “Hills” and creating a new cultural and economic heart of Tokyo

Mori Building’s strategic area, which incorporates the district encompassed by the Toranomon-Azabudai Project, straddles the center of Tokyo’s Minato City. The area has long had an international feel to it; many foreign-minded companies gravitate here, and it hosts a large number of foreign residents. Rich in international flavors, diversity and culture, this area has extremely high potential to become a new international hub of Tokyo.
The new project site is adjacent to Mori Building’s ARK Hills complex at the midpoint between Roppongi Hills, the “Cultural Heart of Tokyo”, and Toranomon Hills, the “Global Business Hub”. These existing Hills projects will be linked by the Toranomon-Azabudai Project; this will enhance the evolution of the entire area, creating a new international urban focal point as well as a new cultural and economic hub in the heart of Tokyo.

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Data Sheet

Project name Toranomon-Azabudai District Category 1 Urban Redevelopment Project
Address A part of Toranomon 5-chome, Azabudai 1-chome, and Roppongi 3-chome, Minato-ku
Site area Approx. 8.1 hectares
Ground area Approx. 63,900 square meters
Total Floor space Approx. 860,400 square meters
Buildings Residences, offices, retail facilities, hotel, international school, central square, cultural facilities
Construction started August 5, 2019
Planned Completion Mar 31, 2023 (planned)
Project Executor Toranomon-Azabudai District Urban Redevelopment Association

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