[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Richard Meier & Partners has completed this 49-storey residential skyscraper next to the 2020 Olympic Village in Tokyo
The 170 metre-tall ‘Harumi Residential’ tower is the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s first residential project in Japan.
A second near-identical 170 metre-tall skyscraper will be completed next to the structure in 2016 as part of the second stage of the project.
Backed by Japanese developer Mitsubishi Jisho Residence, the twin towers are located in Harumi Chuo-ku City next to the 2020 Olympic Village.
The first tower features 883 apartments and the second structure will feature 861 apartments when completed. A terrace garden, café, fitness centre and library will also be included in the final 196,200m² scheme.
Richard Meier commented: ‘This new project in Tokyo is comprised of two towers, but, perhaps more important a large-scale public space that will serve the neighborhood and connect it to a magnificent promenade at the bay.’
He continued: ‘This will be a profound link between the domestic and urban scales, and the towers will become a gateway to the city creating a sense of place for all the citizens of Tokyo and Japan.’
The lead architect on the project, Dukho Yeon said: ‘Our Firm is thrilled to contribute to the contemporary architecture of Tokyo, an international megalopolis with a very specific sense of order beyond compare.’
He continued: ‘The Harumi Towers are very much part of this urban context. Although they are visually the same in massing, the residential towers are conceptualized as siblings with two unique designs each with its own character, image and movement, in dialogue and harmony with one another.’
He added: ‘The designs speak beyond their immediate constraints to engage a timeless narrative of context and building, tradition and innovation, architectural expression and symbolism captured in their details and the textures.’
Major building materials: Reinforced concrete, insulated glass, metal panels, stone/ wood flooring, custom aluminum louvers and guardrail profiles and custom specialty glass
Program 1,744 residential apartments with various amenity spaces
Building height 170 metres
Floors 49 Residential, 2 Amenities, Automated Central Core Parking
Site area 29,880m²
Floor area 196,200m²
Design partners Richard Meier, Dukho Yeon
Project architect Carlo Balestri
Project team Tetsuhito Abe, Kevin Baker, Remy Bertin, Guillermo Murcia, Takumi Nakagawa, Hans Put, Amalia Rusconi-Clerici, Sangmin You
Owners Mitsubishi Jisho Residence Co. Ltd. (Mitsubishi Estate Group) in partnership with Kajima Corporation
Associate architect Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc. (MJS)