Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills announced its scheduled opening this June. The slated opening of the Andaz hotel located in Japan will mark the twelfth hotel to join the Andaz brand. It will also be the fourth Hyatt brand to open in Tokyo and the ninth Hyatt hotel in Japan.
Tony Chi of New York and the Tokyo-based Shinichiro Ogata oversaw the hotel’s interiors.
To reflect Japan’s cultural emphasis on beauty and purity of form, the designers used natural materials such as washi paper and Hokkaido walnut throughout the spaces. Traditional fittings, such as shoji paper screens, were transformed into partitions to create spatial sequences without physical barriers.
Occupying the top six floors of the 52-story Toranomon Hills tower, the Andaz will have 164 guestrooms, four dining and drinking venues, three Andaz Studios, the highest stand-alone chapel and a spa and fitness center overlooking the Imperial Palace.
Toranomon Hills tower has been developed as part of an urban engineering project integrating central Tokyo with the bay area. Stretching directly outward from Toranomon Hills tower is an 8.7-mile looped road development. The road will have a tunnel running underneath the tower.
Of the 164 guestrooms of Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, there will be eight suites, located on floors 47 to 50. Standard guestrooms average 540 square feet and will offer views of the Tokyo skyline. The bathroom is a key feature of the room design, equipped with soaking tubs inspired by Japanese bath culture.
On the 51 floor next to Andaz Lounge will be the main dining venue, Andaz Tavern, with 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the city. Wood sculptures by UK artist Charlie Whinney will hang from the ceiling. The Andaz Tavern, which can seat 212, will have a dining area as well as a lounge and bar.
Crowning the hotel on the rooftop of the 52nd floor will be a modern take on a Katsura Rikyu villa. Here, the Japanese garden is transformed into an open-air setting high above the city. There will also be a shrine reinterpreted as a contemporary chapel. Tokyo’s highest stand-alone chapel will offer views of the city. It is designed with the same copper roofing and shingling of a traditional Shinto shrine.
There will similarly be a traditional tea house re-envisioned as the Rooftop Bar. The Rooftop Bar overlooking Tokyo Bay will offer both indoor and open-air seating and will include a Japanese tea counter inspired bar, a lounge, and a cocktail bar.
The personal study is revisited as the Rooftop Studio.
The property will also have AO Spa & Club on the tower’s 37 floor, including the fitness center and locker rooms. Lit by paper lanterns, the 14,530-square-foot spa has a 65-foot pool overlooking the Imperial Palace grounds.
There will also be a casual eatery called BeBu, serving burgers and local draught beers; and the Pastry Shop.
Three Andaz Studio event spaces are located on the tower’s two top floors. For big events, there will be 21,528 square feet of conference facilities. Smaller events can make use of 8,200 square feet of meeting spaces.
With easy access to Ginza, Marunouchi and Akasaka, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills will be centrally located between the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower.
Arnaud de Saint-Exupéry is the GM of Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills.