Construction starts on Shin-Hibiya Project

Shin Hibiya Project 1

Mitsui Fudosan started construction on the Shin-Hibiya Project on March 23. The 192m tall, 35-storey office tower is expected to be completed by the end of January 2018. London-based architectural firm Hopkins Architects are in charge of the master plan.

The project will help to enhance the area’s image as centre for international business and the arts. The retail component will include Toho Cinemas, and will be the largest cinema complex in central Tokyo. This area has a long history as a theatre district. Toho, the producer of the Godzilla franchise, was founded nearby.

Toho Hibiya
The Toho Cinema Street, which runs along the rear of the project, during the 1980s. Image via Walkerplus.

The new tower is being built on the site of the former Sanshin Building (built in 1929 and demolished in 2007) and the Hibiya Mitsui Building (built in 1960 and demolished in 2011). Both buildings were owned by Mitsui.  It is also located directly across from the Hibiya Park and next door to the Nissay Theatre – a modernist masterpiece designed by architect Murano Togo and built in 1963.

Hibiya Sanshin Building Tokyo
The former Sanshin Building. Built by Mitsui and designed by architect Matsui Kitaro. Demolished in 2007.
Project Details
Location 1-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Use Office, retail, cultural, industry promotion, car parking
Land size 10,700 sqm
Floor area 189,000 sqm
Construction 35 storeys + 4 basements
Construction company Kajima Corporation
Height 192 meters
Completion January 2018

Shin Hibiya Project 2

Shin Hibiya Project 3

Source: Mitsui Fudosan News Release, March 23, 2015.

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