Shibuya Marui department store to be rebuilt with wood

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.

Location

1-22-6 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo

Source: Marui Group News Release, May 27, 2022.

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