Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Japan still vibrant says Far East guru

  • Comment

Japan remains an attractive market for architects because its government takes a long-term view of developments, according to a leading industry figure

Conran and Partners’ Far East specialist Richard Doone told the AJ that the practice’s Japanese projects had not suffered from two recessions or the earthquake.

The London-headquartered firm is currently working on the second phase of a 400,000m² mixed-use urban regeneration scheme in Tokyo (pictured).

The Futako Tamagawa project will provide retail, office, leisure and residential buildings as well as a park.

Although the huge job was originally won in 2004, it has not been halted by the global economic crisis or by last year’s devastating earthquake. Nor was a previous Conran scheme at Roppongi Hills stopped by the country’s great economic crash of the late 1990s.

Doone, who continues to work as a consultant for Conran and Partners on its projects in Japan and Hong Kong despite having set up his own practice Paramount Architects + Designers two years ago, said: ‘In Japan, they take a very long-term view of development.

‘We were between the two phases of the Futako Tamagawa project when the earthquake hit, and it would have been easy for the government to pause and take stock. But it was business as usual.

‘I expect the sector to remain relatively buoyant. Japan has been hit by the global recession but it does have a long-term view.’

However, Doone said it was hard for British firms to come into Japan without a similar attitude.

‘It is not like going into Hong Kong or China,’ he said. ‘It would very much have to be about building relationships and visiting quite a few times to show you were serious.’


  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.