High-rise plans for northern side of Toranomon Hills

Toranomon 1 Chome District A
District A (Left), District B (Right)

On December 12, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Urban Development announced details for the Toranomon Station South District Plan. There are plans for this project to be certified under the National Strategic Special Zone, which could provide an allowance to increase the floor space for the site.

District A

District A (Toranomon 1-17~20), which is a 1.5 hectare site directly across the street on the northern side of Toranomon Hills, currently contains several smaller buildings including the Toranomon 10 Mori Building (1966) and the Nishimatsu Building (1962). Current plans are for a 36-storey, 185m tall office building with a total floor area of 175,000 sqm. Development approval is expected to be announced in June 2015. If approved, construction will start in February 2017 with completion expected by December 2019.

A new subway station for Toranomon

On October 14, Tokyo Metro and the Urban Renaissance Agency officially announced plans for a new subway stop along the Hibiya Line between Kasumigaseki and Kamiyacho Stations. The station will be located in the Toranomon district and will be just to the west of the recently completed Toranomon Hills.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 with the new station expected to be open by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and an underground passageway to neighbouring buildings, including Toranomon Hills, ready by 2022.

The Toranomon area has been undergoing major redevelopment with new hotels, offices and residences. There are plans for a bus terminal to be located nearby the new station which could possibly serve as a transport link between the Olympic facilities in the bayside islands and central Tokyo.

This will be the newest station to be added to an existing subway line by Tokyo Metro since Tameike-Sanno Station was opened in 1997.

Sources:
NHK, October 14, 2014.
The Yomiuri Shimbun, October 15, 2014.

Hotel Okura Tokyo to be redeveloped

Hotel Okura Tokyo

Yesterday it was announced that the Hotel Okura Tokyo in Toranomon, Minato-ku, will be redeveloped. The new hotel is expected to be completed in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The current 408-room hotel was completed in 1962 – two years before Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics. The annex building was completed in 1973. It has been a landmark hotel and has hosted numerous foreign dignitaries and VIPs, the most recent being US President Obama who stayed in the hotel during his visit to Tokyo in April.

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