Hibiya is home to a number of performance spaces and theaters where visitors can enjoy high quality entertainment. Its location and accessibility also make it an ideal international business hub and in 2014, it became the first district in Tokyo to be designated by the government as a National Strategic Special Zone.
Furthermore, it is also adjacent to Hibiya Park, considered to be Tokyo's answer to Central Park, which brings abundant greenery and life to the neighborhood.
Our challenge was to combine this abundant environment and urban functions to make the neighborhood even better.
TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA maximizes the locational potential offered by Hibiya and combines it with various urban functions to create new future-orientated value and experiences.
Our goal is to create a neighborhood that exudes quality.
The logo design uses the common elements of the Tokyo Midtown brand, the symbolic M symbol and the green key color.
The neighborhood's unique character is represented in the gentle and elegant curves that bring to mind the feeling of excitement and elegance the site inspires in visitors due to its master design concept of a "dancing tower," which encapsulates the memory of the Rokumeikan and areas abundant greenery, combined with the art, culture, and entertainment that the neighborhood is famous for.
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TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA aims to provide the four shared values of the Tokyo Midtown brand as well as “In The Park,” “Entertainment," and “Elegance,” three values that are unique to the Hibiya neighborhood. Through these values, it will realize its vision of creating new future-orientated value and experiences.
The key concept for TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA's landscape design is "people in the park." Using the gentle green walkways of Hibiya Park and the tranquil townscape of the Hibiya area as a starting point, we created a unique landscape that blends the city with the park. We also actively planted the same types of trees as the ones found in Hibiya Park to keep the greenery consistent.
Furthermore, we used abundant greenery for the roads around TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA. By actively greening pedestrian only walkways, we have created a unique new enriching space for walking. We also provided benches at locations around the site to make is a place where people can relax.
Park View Garden A scenic green space
A terrace where abundant plants and water features combine with the glorious greenery of Hibiya Park to provide a feeling of being at one with nature. It can be used to hold a variety of events.
Sky Garden A freeing space for office workers
An open space surrounded by greenery that connects to the Sky Lobby on the ninth floor. It is a freeing third place that can be used for working outside or for refreshing oneself on a pleasant sunny day.
Pedestrian only walkways
Some of the roads surrounding the facility have been made into pedestrian only walkways. These contain abundant greenery, including the same trees as the ones found in Hibiya Park, making them pleasant walking spaces that feel like an extension of the park.
Hibiya has been pioneering modernization in Japan since the Meiji period and in the 20th century, it developed rapidly as a hotbed for Japanese entertainment, giving rise to a succession of theaters and cinemas, including Hibiya Public Hall, considered to be a sacred ground for music, Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, Hibiya Movie Theater, and Yurakuza Theater. We aim to leverage this history and further enliven the neighborhood by creating a hub for broadcasting new information regarding art, culture, and entertainment, with a focus on this area.
Visitors heading toward TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA from Harumi-dori will first come across Hibiya Step Square. This open public space has an area of about 3,600 square meters and it was established in unison with various other sites owned by Chiyoda Ward. Various events are held in the square to showcase the new face of Hibiya to the world. It can also be used for events that combine indoor and outdoor elements by using its three floors of covered space together with its open air atrium.
Hibiya Step Square is a symbolic location as a hub for broadcasting new information about Hibiya.
Hibiya Step Square
An amphitheater shaped public square inspired by Spanish plazas. With a diameter of about 30 meters, it can be used for a variety of events and activities that visitors can enjoy while seated on the steps.
The TOHO Group was founded in Hibiya and after the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater and Hibiya Movie Theater opened in 1934, followed by the Yurakuza Theater one year later, the district became an entertainment hotspot with cinemas and theaters that attracted large numbers of moviegoers. TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA now houses TOHO Cinemas Hibiya on its commercial floors (4th and 5th floors), a cutting-edge cinema complex boasting 11 screens and around 2,200 seats. Combined with other cinemas in the area, including TOHO Cinemas Chanter, the neighborhood provides a total of 16 screens and around 3,400 seats, the largest capacity in central Tokyo.
*This perspective drawing is an image and subject to change.
Since the Meiji period, the Hibiya area has always been at the forefront of modernization, overflowing with pioneering spirit.
This period saw the construction of the Rokumeikan, which was used by the Meiji government to host state visitors and diplomats, followed by the Imperial Hotel which was used to accommodate important visitors from overseas, as Hibiya evolved into a place where adults would go for social interaction and to unwind.
Hibiya developed as a place for exchange and entertaining guests and we used the neighborhood's famous accommodation places, overflowing with elegance and a spirit of international hospitality, as a core concept when designing the building and its commercial facilities.
「When designing TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA, we aimed to realize coherence with the greenery of Hibiya Park and to utilize the local scenery in the landscape and facility designs. The building design was entrusted to the world-renowned Hopkins Architects, Britain's leading architecture firm.
Lead designer Simon Fraser shared the thinking behind the design.
"The crown of the building and its curving walls give it a distinctive design that you will not see anywhere else. The façade also provides a gentle impression that separates it from other buildings. Whichever angle you view it from, TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA stands out and demonstrates a unique presence as a landmark building.
Our initial design concept was inspired by the Rokumeikan, which used to stand in the area. We started with an image of a couple dancing together at a ball. This "dancing tower" concept determined the building's gentle façade. We also incorporated a stone-built essence into the lower floors as a representation of elegance."
We have realized a line-up of 60 highly original stores under the concept of "THE PREMIUM TIME, HIBIYA," with the aim of providing customers with special experiences in luxurious spaces in a manner that is appropriate for Hibiya, a neighborhood that has a history of rebirth and an atmosphere of celebration that is out of the ordinary.
The shared areas on the commercial floors have been designed based on the concept of "a city of theaters." We created bright, glamorous spaces filled with sophisticated charm in a manner that is befitting of Hibiya, a sacred ground for art, culture, and entertainment.
The three-story atrium was inspired by traditional theater spaces. It features gentle curves that broaden the elegant space providing a lively venue for various events.
The below-ground arcades have been rebuilt with a modern design that also preserves memories of the neighborhood by using the Sanshin Building, an iconic building which used to stand on the site, as a motif.
The arched ceiling of the Sanshin Building (closed in 2007)
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