Future Watch

Japan’s tallest skyscraper

Based in New Haven, Connecticut, the architecture firm has revealed its design for Japan’s tallest building, an approximately 1,083-foot-tall (330-meter-tall) skyscraper that will rise in Tokyo and is scheduled to be completed in March 2023.

Located at the midpoint between Tokyo’s cultural and business districts, the so-called Toranomon-Azabudai tower is the tallest in a complex of three on the mixed-use site and will overtake the previous height record set by the Abenobashi Terminal Building in Osaka, Japan, which stands at nearly 985 feet (300 meters) and was also designed by the late César Pelli in 2014.

Crowned by four curved-glass petals on each corner, the Toranomon-Azabudai tower is expected to become a new landmark for the city.

It will also be a skyline indicator of its new neighborhood, the ARK Hills development in Minato City, a 20-acre (8.1-hectare) complex that includes two additional mixed-use towers, a shorter podium building with residential and office spaces, underground train connections, and a curvilinear and extruding public realm designed by London-based designer Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, which will be greened with a lush landscape of lawns, trees, flowers, and waterscapes.

One of the other towers on the site by Pelli Clarke Pelli is set to follow its companion and become the second-tallest building in Tokyo—the West Tower, at approximately, 863 feet tall (263 meters).

Planned to be approximately 330 meters high, the main tower would be around 30 meters taller than the Abeno Harukas skyscraper in Osaka – currently Japan’s tallest building. “Out of our three projects on the site, the main tower is perhaps the most visual on the skyline.

It is the first thing visitors will see upon arrival in Tokyo and is the tallest building in all of Japan. When it is completed in 2023, the Toranomon-Azabudai main tower will overtake the 258-metre-high Toranomon Hills skyscraper, which was also developed by Mori, to become the tallest building in Tokyo.