January 11, 2019

Construction begins on Tokyo skyscraper designed by New Haven architects

Photo | Contributed
Photo | Contributed
A rendering of the Y2 skyscraper project in Tokyo.

New Haven architectural firm Pickard Chilton said this week that construction had begun on a major mixed-use skyscraper project it helped design near the entrance of Tokyo Station in Japan.

Known as the Y2 Project, the 3.3-million-square-foot high rise will redefine the skyline of Tokyo's Yaesu district and includes offices, a luxury Bulgari Hotel, an elementary school atop a retail podium and a below-grade transportation hub, the company said.

It will offer direct access to Tokyo Station, one of Japan's busiest transportation centers, and is in walking distance to some of the city's top attractions.

"The significance of the Y2 Project cannot be overstated, as it will redefine the urban landscape for Tokyo Station and the Yaesu district for years to come," Pickard Chilton Principal and co-founder William Chilton said in a statement. "It has been a delight to be part of the collaborative team that will realize this innovative urban community that will integrate the new tower within the neighborhood and serve as a welcoming focal point for the entire district."

Pickard Chilton designed the exterior and primary public spaces of the project. It includes a gently curved fašade for the 787-foot tower that evokes the image of a billowing sail and is inspired by the site's original location on a canal that served as an outer moat of the historic Edo Castle, the company said.

From below Tokyo Station, visitors will rise through a "cascade of escalators" through the podium retail levels, to a podium roof terrace, the company said.

Pickard Chilton worked in collaboration with Tokyo-based architectural-engineering practice Nihon Sekkei and general contractor Takenaka Corporation. The project is being managed by real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan on behalf of a committee of landowners.

It is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

Contact Natalie Missakian at news@newhavenbiz.com

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