Shibuya Scramble Square | Kengo Kuma and Associates
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Japan 2019Shibuya Scramble Square

2019.10
Tokyo
Infrastructure | Office | Commercial
Completed
181,000
47F / 7BF

We were commissioned to design Shibuya Scramble Square. Located above Shibuya station, this high-rise tower symbolizes the new urban redevelopment, “multi-functional city=Shibuya”.
Located at the intersection of a multitude of paths (pedestrian paths, 3 major railways, highways, waterways etc.,) the project responds and adapts to the speed and quality of the flowing paths. By cutting and expanding the overall form in response to the movement of different paths, the curtain wall mullions shift accordingly and express the movement. The façade lands gently towards the ground, opening up and seamlessly connecting the flows to the city.
The facade also responds to the dynamic quality of Shibuya, by applying ceramic printing typically done on the interior face of glass to the exterior face to create more depth in its expression. We also attempted to blend landscape and the tower together, by using a gradient of green walls on the southern façade and in the wood deck on the top floor.
This project takes on the qualities of the dynamic and fast-paced nature of Shibuya, known as the city for the youth.

Team Shin Oba, Kai Araki, Tomohiro Matsunaga, Kodai Tanokuchi, Teppei Fujiwara*, Atsushi Kawanishi*, Masafumi Harigai*, Keiko Yoshida*, Hiroaki Saito*, Ryuya Umezawa*, Tetsuo Yamaji*, Mukai Yuka*, Taketo Ichise*, Masahiro Minami, Seungjun Lee, Kengo Niijima*, Yon Un-I* Construction 渋谷駅街区東棟新築工事JV Publication Shoten Kenchiku 2020/02 Vol.65 No.02 , Shoten Kenchiku 2020/02 Vol.65 No.02 , Nikkei Architecture 2020/01/09 , Nikkei Architecture 2020/01/09 No.1159 , Shinkenchiku 2019/12 , Pen 2019/11/01 No.484 , Nikkei Architecture 2019/01/24 , GA JAPAN 156 , Casa BRUTUS 2018/11 vol.224 , Nikkei Architecture 2015/07/25 No.1052 , Shinkenchiku 2015/06 別冊・東京150プロジェクト 多様な都市マネジメント , Nikkei Architecture 2014/08/25 No.1030 , Nikkei Architecture 2014/01/10 No.1015 , Shinkenchiku 2013/11 別冊・郊外のサステナビリティ 東急電鉄にみる地域開発とその運営 Photography ©︎ Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office