FROM THE ARCHITECTS (July 27, 2016):
KPF’s new Tokyo Garden Terrace opens today in Kioicho, a neighborhood in the southern district of the Chiyoda ward. Seibu Properties is the developer for the project, with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates serving as Design Architect and Nikken Sekkei serving as Executive Architect.
The new development is composed of two towers as well as the historical preservation of the 1930 imperial home of Yi Un, the last crown prince of Korea. The site is also home to the Benkei Moat and Shimizudani Park which date back to the 17th Century, and was previously occupied by the work of by Japanese modernist architect Kenzo Tange, an influential patron of the Metabolism architecture movement of the 1960s.
The two towers adopt the rectangular massing native to Kioicho’s skyline, as well as vertical and horizontal striations loyal to Tange’s vernacular. The 36-story “Kioi Tower,” a mixed-use tower has 5 floors of retail at the base, 23 floors of office space, and is crowned by The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a 250-key hotel occupying the top 7 floors. Each office floor boasts 3,300 meters of open, flexible space. Yahoo! Japan, the anchor tenant, will occupy 20 of the 23 office floors. The façade, a chevron curtain wall with aluminum rectangular frames, defines the clear composition of retail, office, and hospitality. The stacking volumes of the mixed-use tower reflects the tradition Japanese Jubako, as well as Tange’s advocacy of Metabolism. The adjacent 21-story “Kioi Residence” has 135 units, and utilizes a bronze metal panel façade to express warmth. Through careful articulation and the use of setbacks, the two towers are deferential to their surrounding context while maintaining their own distinct character.
At the podium of the “Kioi Tower,” a stone façade integrates the new construction into the natural landscape. Connections to five subway lines at Nagatacho Station and Akasaka-Mitsuke Station situates Tokyo Garden Terrace as a convenient destination for visitors and tenants.