Futako Tamagawa Rise, 20 hectare urban regeneration project in Tokyo

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Conran and Partners’ design concept for the project responds to the essential elements of the site: its location on the very edge of Tokyo, its adjacency to the Tamagawa River and the shift across its one kilometre length, from the urbanity of the railway station to the west, to the park to the east. As such, the scheme reflects the site’s important transitionary role at the threshold between city and nature in this popular, family-orientated neighbourhood.

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A unifying landscaped plateau has been created across the whole site through which a ribbon element defines the journey: a promenade celebrating this transitional route. The individual building designs respond to their specific location along the route, with a bolder use of colour adjacent to the railway station, becoming lighter and more delicate in detail towards the park.

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The scheme, located on the south-west edge of the city alongside the Tama River, comprises a total of 400,000m. of retail, office, leisure and residential building, as well as a new city park.

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The scheme’s references to nature are expressed as stone strata, both as eroding planes within the base plateau and in the stepping form of the low rise buildings. The project is the first in Japan to achieve LEED ND Gold Standard (Pre-Certified Plan) – equivalent to the UK BREEAM ‘Excellent’.

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Won in limited competition against a list of international architects including Cesar Pelli, KPF and Kengo Kuma, Conran and Partners has led this significant project, Tokyo’s single largest development in the last 10 years, as both Design Architect and Design Supervisor since 2004.

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Futako Tamagawa Rise
Location | Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

The Japanese team working in collaboration with Conran and Partners

Phase 1
Design and Supervision
Research Institute of Architects
Tokyu Architects + Engineers
Nihon Sekkei Inc
Landscape | Landscape Plus Inc.
LEED Consulting | Woonerf Inc

Phase 2
Design and Supervision
Research Institute of Architects
Tokyu Architects + Engineers
Nihon Sekkei Inc

Construction (Phase II)
Kajima Corporation

Project implementation body Association for Urban Redevelopment of Futakotamagawahigashi-Chiku

Photography | Edmund Sumner