Pickard Chilton completes master plan, tower design for Japan development

Pickard Chilton completes master plan, tower design for Japan development.
Done in collaboration with Kengo Kuma & Associates, Global Gateway Shinagawa is a redevelopment of the northern portion of Tokyo's Shinagawa Station and railyard. Photo credit: Pickard Chilton

New Haven, Conn.-based architecture studio Pickard Chilton has completed the master plan for Global Gateway Shinagawa in collaboration with Kengo Kuma & Associates.

Global Gateway Shinagawa is a redevelopment of the northern portion of Tokyo's Shinagawa Station and railyard. The project is being developed by the East Japan Railway Company.

Additionally, Pickard Chilton is the design architect for the Block IV tower, which is located as the gateway to the development. 


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Global Gateway Shinagawa comprises 13.6 million square feet (1.26 million square meters) of development that is eyed to create a new global hub that will connect Tokyo to the world. The development includes the construction of eight buildings linked together as an “archipelago” along the one-mile (1.6 kilometers) length of the site and is comprised of 32 acres (13 hectares.) 

Just as Japan's railways link together the islands of Japan, an elevated pedestrian promenade will connect the buildings and public spaces of the master plan. The new buildings will provide office, retail and residential space as well as cultural facilities, and will serve as the foreground for a series of public parks and plazas all interconnected by a one-mile (1.6 kilometers) long promenade. The redevelopment will have a diverse mix of uses and cohesive architectural identity and integrate with the new Takanawa Gateway Station, designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates.

In addition to the master plan, Pickard Chilton is designing Block IV within the development, a 4.9 million square foot (455,000 square meters) mixed-use complex that will comprise two 30-story towers connected by a seven-story podium, including office, conferencing, and retail space, as well as a luxury hotel, as yet unbranded.

Pickard Chilton is collaborating with JR East Design Corporation, Nihon Sekkei, and Nikken Sekkei, the executive architects and engineers for the project. The Global Gateway Shinagawa project will begin construction in 2020 with initial phases opening in 2024.

Global Gateway Shinagawa is Pickard Chilton's second major project in Tokyo, as the studio recently announced the groundbreaking for the Y2 Project, located across from the south portal of the historic Tokyo Station. Tokyo-based real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan is developing the urban mixed-use high-rise development. The 3.1 million square foot (290,000 square meters) art building includes offices, a Bulgari Hotel, and an elementary school atop a retail podium and below-grade transportation hub.

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