180-meter tall office tower planned for Omotesando

The Urban Renaissance Agency, a semi-governmental housing corporation, is planning a 180-meter tall office tower for the northern end of the former Aoyama Kitamachi Apaato public housing block in Omotesando.

The lower floors are expected to contain retail and a hotel, while the upper floors will be office space. Construction of the 38-story building is expected to start in 2022 with completion in 2026 ~ 2027.

The four hectare site once contained 25 low-rise apartment blocks built between 1957 and 1968. These was Tokyo’s first post-war city housing project. Apartments ranged in size from 32 to 52 sqm (344 ~ 560 sq.ft), had no elevators, and the earlier buildings had no bathrooms.

The southern end of the site has just been redeveloped into a 90-meter tall, 25-story rental-only apartment block, and a 70-meter tall, 20-story public housing block.

The former Aoyama Kitamachi Apaato

Sources:
The Kensetsu Tsushin Shimbun, May 22, 2020.
The Nikkei Shimbun, May 25, 2020.

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