Japan will have a 164.8 meter ceramic and glass building. This will be the Shibuya Upper West

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Shibuya is the epicenter of many contrasts. An intersection between tradition and the future in which unmistakably traditional design buildings coexist alongside modern skyscrapers, giant screens, two of the busiest train stations in the world and Shibuya Crossing.

The neighborhood, which is one of the most famous in Tokyo, will within a few years be home to a prominent ceramic and glass structure that promises to become the city’s next landmark. It is a building called Shibuya Upper West which will be 164.8 meters high.

As explained by the firms Snøhetta, and Nikken Sekkei the project will be ready in 2027, but it will not be the most outstanding in the city due to its height —the Toranomon Hills It is 248 meters. His proposal, instead, will be to represent Mount Fuji and traditional Japanese architecture.

A different building in the heart of Tokyo

As we can see in the images, the building will have a kind of tree-lined “steps” (rooftops), which will form part of “The Sanctuary”, a relaxation space for residents and visitors to relax and feel immersed in the Vegetation on the slopes of Mount Fuji.

The ceramic facade, for its part, will refer to traditional Japanese architecture. Using ceramics in a building is not completely new, but it is interesting to see how it can be part of a design element that combines the current with the traditional.

Japanese Ceramic Building Shibuya Upper West 2

The first levels of Shibuya Upper West will be fully glazed. There will be a large commercial area with shops, and space for cultural and artistic activities. On the upper levels of the building there will be a luxury hotel and apartments for residents.

“The design is formed as a single gesture, moving from the horizontal ground plane to the vertical horizon, symbolizing the energy of the area in a single stroke. It is a tribute to duality,” said Robert Greenwood, Snøhetta’s manager for the region. Asian.

Japanese Ceramic Building Shibuya Upper West 1

We know that the building will be built in an area of ​​117,000 square meters and that the company promises that it will be ready in 2027, although we do not know how much it will cost. If you want to live there, Tokyo is a very expensive city. The square meter of an apartment can reach 6,500 euros.

Japanese Ceramic Building Shibuya Upper West 4

The company also promises that the building “aims to achieve the highest possible sustainability ratings“, although they have not provided details of how they will achieve it. As the project progresses, we will probably know more details.

We have a new ally to build skyscrapers that already competes with steel and concrete: wood

While in Tokyo they bet on traditional materials, with an avant-garde design, in other parts of the world they point towards the use of wood as a replacement for concrete with buildings that reach 86 meters. And there are also those who think of aspiring to self-sufficiency by “shielding” the entire structure of solar panels.

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Shibuya is the epicenter of many contrasts. An intersection between tradition and the future in which unmistakably traditional design buildings…

Shibuya is the epicenter of many contrasts. An intersection between tradition and the future in which unmistakably traditional design buildings…

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