Japan 2021Hulic & New Ginza 8

12F / 1BF

Along Ginza Chuo-dori Avenue, we designed a wooden 12-story fire-resistant commercial building.

Acetylated wood fins with varying lengths extend out of the façade at five different angles, appearing to float outside a glass curtain wall. The façade design takes cues from tree foliage, subtly capturing changes in natural light and the seasons.

In Ginza, willow trees with gently weeping branches have always created natural shade. This façade also provides a sense of warmth, depth, and a flickering shadow effect in the cityscape.

The fire-resistant CLT used for the columns, beams, and ceiling, are sourced from the same region. This project creates new cycles between cities and rural areas by contributing to the reforestation process.

This tree foliage-inspired building temporarily hosted the Apple store during its renovation.

Design Supervision:Kengo Kuma & Associates
Design/Construction:Takenaka Corporation

Team Kenji Miyahara, Naoki Okayama, Shunsuke Nakamura, Kanna Matsuo, Yohei Mochizuki, Yoo Shiho, Junlin Chen Cooperation Takenaka Corporation Facility Takenaka Corporation Award JAPAN WOOD DESIGN AWARD 2022 Grand Prize (Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award), 令和4年度木材利用優良施設コンクール 環境大臣賞, 第25回木材活用コンクール 最優秀賞(国土交通大臣賞) Publication Shinkenchiku 2022/12 , Shinkenchiku 2022/10 , Shinkenchiku 2021/12 , Shinkenchiku 2021/12 , Shinkenchiku 2021/11 , Nikkei Architecture 2021/10/28 No.1202 , Nikkei Architecture 2019/10/10 No.1153 Photography ©︎ FOTOTECA