Visionary architecture and urban planning firm Jerde designed Roppongi Hills as a mixed-use architectural project in Tokyo, Kanto, Japan. Site Area, acres 28.4. Total Building Area, sq meters 724,000. Tokyo’s urban condition of narrow streets, sprawling low-rise buildings and few parks did not offer its citizens a high quality of life. What’s more, the horizontally oriented cityscape did not stack up against other international cities.
Renowned developer Minoru Mori envisioned a mid-town district that would afford citizens a better lifestyle and become a cultural center attracting people from all over the world. That vision is Roppongi Hills, Japan’s largest private real estate development. Roppongi Hills integrates a full range of uses, offices, a world-class museum, residential towers, a luxury hotel, cinema, retail, a subway station and restaurants into a walkable community.
Jerde made it a community people would want to walk by knitting the high-volume buildings with wide pedestrian pathways and generous open spaces—a rare sight in the crowded city. Additionally, Jerde incorporated natural materials and landscaping into the pedestrian-level uses. Since opening in April, Roppongi Hills has been embraced by the people of Tokyo as a new symbol of culture and urbanity. It has also established an important green district with ground-level parks and rooftop gardens. Roppongi Hills design year is 2003.
Office 380,000 sq meters
Residential (840 units) 148,000 sq meters
Hotel (390 rooms) 53,000 sq meters
Retail 30,000 sq meters
Restaurants 15,000 sq meters
Cultural 6,300 sq meters
2007 Winner, ULI Award for Excellence: Asia Pacific, Urban Land Institute
2004 Nomination, Shopping Centres Category, MIPIM Built Project Awards 2004