Tokyo Midtown Hibiya to open in March 2018

On September 4, Mitsui Fudosan announced that the official name of the large-scale redevelopment opposite Hibiya Park in downtown Tokyo will be Tokyo Midtown Hibiya. The 191m tall building will include office space, the 2,300 seat TOHO Cinemas Hibiya, and 60 stores and restaurants.

The grand opening is scheduled for March 29, 2018.

The 188,000 sqm building occupies a 10,000 sqm site of prime land just a few blocks south of the Marunouchi business district and close to the Nissay Theatre and Imperial Hotel. The master design was carried out by leading UK architectural firm Hopkins Architects.

The project has replaced the former Hibiya Mitsui Building (c1960) and the Sanshin Building (c1930). The historic Sanshin Building was built just a few years after the devastating 1923 Kanto Earthquake. Much attention was given to creating an earthquake-resistant structure, with the building designed to withstand a lean of as much as 30 degrees without falling over. It also had strong foundations to prevent subsidence – something that other buildings in the area were suffering from at the time. Between 1945 and 1950 it was confiscated by the US forces. As it began to show signs of age over the years, Mitsui, no longer able to guarantee the safety of tenants or visitors to the building, announced demolition plans in 2005. The Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ), along with local historians, petitioned Mitsui to preserve the building. Nevertheless, demolition started in 2007. The basement arcade in the new project has been designed to replicate the original Sanshin Building arcade.

This is Mitsui’s second ‘Midtown’ project. In 2007, they opened the Tokyo Midtown complex in the Akasaka / Roppongi area.

The former Sanshin Building (c1930). Demolished in 2007.

The new arcade (right) designed to replicate the style of the former Sanshin Building.

Sources:
The Nikkei Shimbun, September 4, 2017.
Mitsui Fudosan News Release, September 4, 2017.