Culture New Urban Functions Sustain Hibiya's Starring Role in Japan's March Toward the Future

New Urban Functions Sustain Hibiya's Starring Role in Japan's March Toward the Future

Hibiya has a long history, dating to the Meiji era, as a setting for social gatherings and relaxation. It also played a key role in Japan's modernization. The famed Rokumeikan, a Western-style guest house for foreign visitors, stood in Hibiya, as well as the storied Imperial Hotel, said to be the first of its kind in Japan. Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, which opened on March 29, 2018, inherits Hibiya's living history and traditions, and aims to realize a vision of creating future-oriented experiences and values.

This large-scale multifaceted facility is equipped to serve in diverse capacities with commercial, office, gathering and event space, and more. To realize the Mitsui Fudosan Group's concept of neighborhoods whose attractiveness increases as they mature and age, the complex utilizes new-generation HiDAX-R seismic-energy damping systems, which have gained worldwide attention for their damping efficiency. Tokyo Midtown Hibiya also boasts top-class safety and business continuity infrastructure. Moreover, it is equipped to contribute to the security of the surrounding neighborhood in the event of a disaster. For example, it can serve as a shelter for up to 3,000 persons if public transportation is disabled.

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya: Creating New, Future-Oriented Experiences and Values
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya

Innovative gathering spaces attract diverse individuals and give rise to new industries

Hibiya has a long history as a gathering place for domestic and foreign individuals of distinction. To leverage Hibiya's potential as a birthplace for new industries, we designed Tokyo Midtown Hibiya to serve as a place where people from around the globe with diverse culture, styles, and talents can gather and interact.

Hibiya Step Plaza

Hibiya Step Plaza

A stairway leads to a circular plaza roughly 30 meters across, suitable for various events and activities

BASE Q

BASE Q

With its Hall, Kitchen, Studio, Lounge, and Café, BASE Q is an ideal springboard for business collaboration.

Bringing a new nexus for arts and culture to a district famous since the Showa era for its cinemas and theaters

Hibiya acquired its reputation as a center for entertainment in the Showa era, with numerous cinemas and theaters, including the renowned Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya Public Hall and the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater. Tokyo Midtown Hibiya will continue this tradition, coordinating with the district to promote Hibiya as an arts, culture, and entertainment center.

TOHO Cinemas Hibiya

TOHO Cinemas Hibiya

This cinema complex is the largest in central Tokyo, with 13 screens and approximately 2,800 seats.

Atrium

Atrium

A three-story atrium has the feel of a theatrical space and makes for a suitable entrance to an entertainment complex.

Urban Settings with Greenery and Open Spaces Make Fulfilling Places to Live, Work, and Visit

Hibiya is more than a center of commerce, business, and culture. It is adjacent to Hibiya Park, a precious environmental resource in central Tokyo, and a place where visitors can enjoy a lush natural setting.

Mindful of its relationship with the adjoining Hibiya Park, the designers of Tokyo Midtown Hibiya were careful to augment the existing greenery on the site by selecting from tree species present in the park, to create a unified feel with the park foliage. Approximately 2,000 m2 of greenery was deployed on site, not only around the structures but in the Parkview Garden (sixth floor) and the Sky Garden (ninth floor), as well as on the roof and walls of the structure. At the same time, pedestrian-only walkways were derived from the surrounding road network, and numerous installations of foliage and benches were placed along the way, creating relaxing green spaces.

By taking into account the proximity of the foliage in Hibiya Park, carrying out planting based on existing species, and taking other measures to create new green spaces, we formed a network of foliage in the Hibiya area, helping to create spaces where birds and other wildlife can coexist with people.

Parkview Garden

Parkview Garden

Greenery and water features on the terrace give visitors the sense that they are part of Hibiya Park with its stunning foliage spread out below.

Wall and roof foliage

Wall and roof foliage

Wall and roof foliage extends from Parkview Garden (6th floor) to Sky Garden (9th floor)

Sky Garden

Sky Garden

This aerial oasis of greenery is located near ninth floor office space and adjacent to the Sky Lobby.

Pedestrian walkway with abundant greenery

Pedestrian walkway with abundant greenery

Route 136 in Chiyoda was converted to a pedestrian walkway with abundant foliage selected from the species in the park, creating a feeling of unity with the park.

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An Exciting Hibiya, Where You Never Know What You Will Encounter

Hibiya offers something for everyone—from theaters, cinemas, and the park to eateries under the railroad tracks, all in one compact area. With Tokyo Midtown Hibiya in the mix, we expect new vitality and the cultivation of even more new culture. The opening of the complex marks the launch of full-scale neighborhood creation. In collaboration with local communities, we want to lure a stream of visitors and create an exciting Hibiya, where you never know what you will encounter.

Koichi Ota Hibiya Urban Planning and Development Department (now in Kashiwanoha Urban Planning and Development Department) Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.