The Toranomon-Azabudai Project, a collaboration between several design firms, is a modern urban village built with nature and humans at its core and business on the perimeter.

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This multipurpose development in the heart of Tokyo is filled with lush green spaces and gathering areas. With an open outdoor floor plan, the design includes offices, residences, a hotel, an international school, retail shops, restaurants and cultural facilities. It will provide space for work, learning, recreation, interaction and relaxation.

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The Toranomon-Azabudai Project is a revamp of a long, narrow area that previously was broken up by deteriorating houses and buildings. Overall, the city infrastructure was in need of an upgrade. The goal of the developers and local residents was to update the area and provide all the amenities of a big city while keeping a small village feel.

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Toranomon-Azabudai District Urban Redevelopment Association, in collaboration with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Heatherwick Studio, Sou Fujimoto Architects and developer Mori Building Co, among others, acknowledge a common vision of placing the landscaping and central square first, then working the three high-rise buildings in afterward. This is in direct contrast to most developments, where buildings take precedence. The philosophy honors the two pillars of green and wellness at every stage. Some buildings will feature green roofs, and the central square will be enrobed in trees, flowers and waterscapes.

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The entire neighborhood will be powered by 100% renewable energy sources, which will meet the targets stipulated in the RE100 international environmental initiative led by the U.K.’s Climate Group. Developers also plan to meet the criteria to earn WELL and LEED-ND certification. The project is working to set an example for solutions to modern concerns around carbon emissions, loss of biodiversity and lack of accessible healthcare. 

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Construction began on August 5, 2019 and has an anticipated completion date in March 2023. Once complete, it is expected to support 20,000 employees and 3,500 residents, plus welcome 25-35 million visitors per year.

+ Mori Building Co.

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