Japan 2019Shibuya Scramble Square
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.