The OMA Inaugural Tower in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Shohei Shigematsu and OMA New York, will open this fall. The inauguration of the Toranomon Hills Station Tower will be a milestone in the development of the Mori Building Toranomon Hills, an emerging global business center and urban hub.
The multi-level transport hub integrated into the tower will create a new gateway connecting downtown Tokyo with the rest of the world.
Located in the Toranomon Hills «Global Business Center» near Kasumigaseki, adjacent to ARK Hills and within walking distance of Roppongi Hills and Azabudai Hills, the station tower will be the terminus of Shintora-Dori Avenue. The station tower will be a 49-storey multi-functional high-rise building with a height of 266 meters. It will include offices, commercial premises, hotels and an interactive communication facility known as TOKYO NODE. The project will be integrated with the newly opened Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya Line Station (2020) and will become a central transportation hub for the city.
To create an attractive and public interface for the tower, OMA designed it as an extension of the nature and activities found on Sintora Dori Avenue. The base of the building, resembling a large funnel, opens the heart of the structure to draw the public inside. A solid footbridge will firmly link the tower to the diverse developments of Toranomon Hills, improving circulation and creating a vibrant network of events and green spaces. The bridge will divide and define two public areas at the base of the tower: the upper atrium and the station atrium below. The atrium of the station will be seamlessly integrated into the project with the Hibiya Line of the Tokyo Subway. This three-story lobby, flooded with natural light, will be the first in Tokyo, creating a unique sense of arrival.