Yoshio Taniguchi designs Hotel Okura Tokyo’s main building

Hotel Okura Tokyo’s main building will be transformed in a four-year reconstruction that started on Sept. 1. Due for completion by spring 2019, the redesign will cost more than $980 million.

Yoshio Taniguchi, the son of the Okura’s original architect, designed the two glass towers that will reach 41 stories, containing 510 rooms and 18 floors of office space.

Some facilities currently housed within the main building will be relocated to the South Wing, which will remain open during reconstruction.

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The hotel is to reopen in spring 2019 as a 38-story high-rise with 550 rooms, compared to the 408 rooms it currently has. Design-wise, Hotel Okura Tokyo’s new hotel will inherit the traditional look of its predecessor while also introducing new functions.

Approximately half of the hotel’s area — roughly 3.2 acres — will be saved for greenery.

Commercial tenants will occupy the upper floors of the property.

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