New Large Scale Structure Planned For Jingumae Crossing in Harajuku
Updated: Mar 16, 2021
The face of one of Tokyo’s most famous crossings continues to change. The West corner of Jingumae Crossing has largely remained unchanged for the past 50 years. But when the iconic Condomania relocated in late 2018, it proved to be the first sign of new changes to come. Now, renderings have been revealed: a monolithic, multi-functional structure designed by architect Akihisa Hirata will open in 2022.
The new 12-story structure with 2 basement levels will occupy a 3085 sq meter (33,200 sq ft) site and will sit across from Hiroshi Nakamura’s Tokyu Plaza, which opened in 2012. The reflective surfaces are perhaps meant to complement its neighbor’s kaleidoscopic entrance of mirrors.
The new structure will house shops and other commercial facilities, as well as several outdoor spaces that will incorporate trees and greenery into the design. The work of Architect Akihisa Hirata (previously), who has always been interested in tangled, organic structures, is apparent here in his creation of the facade and outdoor spaces. He will collaborate with architecture and engineering firm Nikken Sekkei.
Demolition work will begin in March of 2021 and the project is expected to be completed sometime in 2022.
the west corner of Jingumae Crossing in late 2018 when redevelopment planning was just beginning