Communication Arts Inc.'s design of the Galleria at Tokyo Midtown helps renew and re-image a downtown area, incorporates open space into a tight, multilevel site and includes design elements that the community embraced. The four-story, 500-foot-long open arcade hosts high-end tenants such as Harry Winston and Bottega Veneta and helps knit together adjacent office and residential towers. The 221,000 square feet of retail space sits neatly on a 19.4-acre site in part through the use of three courtyards arranged end to end. That, in turn, helped make way for a 4.5-acre park as part of the project. The choice of materials — glass with wood and wood veneers — evokes regional architecture.

Project Name
Tokyo Midtown

Location
Tokyo

Square Footage
221,000 square feet

Retail Architect
Communication Arts Inc.

Developer/Owner
Mitsui Fudosan

Credits

Master Architect
Skidmore, Owings & Merill LLP

Architect of Record
Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

Landscape Design
EDAW Inc.

Retail Building D North Architect
Kengo Kuma & Associates

Residential Building D South Architect
Sakakura Atelier

Park Residences Exterior Consultant
Jun Aoki Associates

21_21 Design Sight Architect
Tadao Ando Architects & Associates

Suntory Museum Building D North Architect
Kengo Kuma & Associates