On November 13, Mitsui Fudosan announced that they have started construction on the Nihonbashi 2 Chome District Redevelopment Project. This redevelopment forms an important part of the second stage of the Nihonbashi Revitalisation Plan.
The 2.6 hectare site includes the historic Nihonbashi Takashimaya Department Store. The important cultural property was built in 1933 and will be retained as part of the new development. The rooftop terrace and gardens will be upgraded and expanded to cover a 6,000 sqm space with footbridges connecting the rooftop to the neighboring office buildings.
The exteriors of the two office towers have been designed by US-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). SOM have designed numerous projects across the globe including the Burj Khalifa, One World Trade Center and Tokyo Midtown.
The project includes two office towers (142m and 175m) with a combined floor area of 201,456 sqm. Construction is expected to be completed in 2018.
Ryutsu News, November 13, 2014.
Mitsui Fudosan News Release, November 13, 2014.