CT Architectural Firm Plans Tokyo Redevelopment

New Haven, CT – Pickard Chilton, an architecture studio best known for its innovative and cutting-edge design of corporate headquarters and high-rise towers, announced that it has completed, in collaboration with Kengo Kuma & Associates, the master plan for Global Gateway Shinagawa, a transformative redevelopment of the northern portion of Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station and railyard.

Additionally, Pickard Chilton is the design architect for the Block IV tower, which is centrally located as the gateway to the development.  The master plan has recently been reviewed and certified by Japan’s prime minister, Shinzō Abe. The project is being developed by the East Japan Railway Company.

Global Gateway Shinagawa comprises 13.6 million square feet (1.26 million square meters) of development and will create a new global hub that will connect Tokyo to the world. This next-generation urban environment will be a catalyst for innovation and collaboration, representing Japan’s openness and creating a bridge between Tokyo-based businesses and the international community.

The development includes the construction of eight significant buildings linked together as an ‘archipelago’ along the one-mile (1.6 kilometers) length of the site and is comprised of 32 acres (13 hectares.)

The new buildings will provide office, retail, and residential space as well as cultural facilities, and will serve as the foreground for a series of public parks and plazas all interconnected by a one-mile (1.6 kilometers) long promenade.

In addition to the master plan, Pickard Chilton is designing Block IV within the development, a 4.9 million square foot (455,000 square meters) mixed-use complex that will comprise two 30-story towers connected by a seven-story podium, including office, conferencing, and retail space, as well as a five-star hotel.

Pickard Chilton is collaborating with JR East Design Corporation, Nihon Sekkei, Inc., and Nikken Sekkei, Ltd. who serve as the executive architects and engineers for the project.

The Global Gateway Shinagawa project will begin construction in 2020 with initial phases opening in 2024.