On May 27, Marui Group announced that the Shibuya Marui department store will temporarily close its doors on August 28 while the 51-year old building undergoes redevelopment.
Shibuya Marui opened its doors in 1971 and has remained the group’s flagship for five decades.
With the company seeking a move towards sustainability, about 60% of the structural elements of the new building will be constructed from wood. Compared to the traditional steel-frame method that would normally be used for a building of this scale, incorporating timber will result in a 2000-ton reduction in carbon emissions.
The building design will incorporate traditional Japanese elements and will maximize the use of natural materials and sunlight. The lead designer is Foster + Partners.
The 9-story building will have a total sales floor space of 2,800 sqm.
Source: Marui Group News Release, May 27, 2022.
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