30-11-2015

Conran and Partners design Futako Tamagawa in Tokyo

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Futako Tamagawa is the first project in Japan to achieve LEED ND Gold Standard (Pre-Certified Plan).



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Conran and Partners design Futako Tamagawa in Tokyo Futako Tamagawa is the first project in Japan to achieve LEED ND Gold Standard (Pre-Certified Plan). UK firm, Conran and Partners developed this 400,000 square metre urban regeneration project in Tokyo.



The zone is on the outskirts of Tokyo, next to the river Tamagawa and creates a transition between city and nature in a popular area of the Japanese metropolis. Here, on an area of 400,000 square metres, Conran and Partners - which won the limited competition against a list of international architects including Cesar Pelli, KPF and Kengo Kuma - have now completed the last phase of the Futako Tamagawa urban regeneration programme. 

This was Tokyo's single largest urban regeneration development in the last 10 years. The project comprises a total of 260,000 m² of mixed use development, with three residential towers ranging from 28 to 40 storeys, as well as two low rise residential buildings providing a total of 1,000 apartments, plus two department stores, a retail mall and an office building. The recently completed final phase of construction creates an additional 140,000 m² of development with retail, office and leisure uses. 

The important feature in this urban regeneration project by Conran and Partners is the landscaping, celebrated with a promenade that brings together the different elements of the programme like a plant-lined ribbon. It runs from near the railway station - where the colours are bolder - towards the park, where the details are lighter and more delicate.

This project in Tokyo is a large-scale reflection of the way Conran and Partners work; they have always focused on designing attractive, usable common spaces that in turn have positive impact on the quality of life of the individual.



Apart from these social aspects, the project is also the first in Japan to achieve LEED ND Gold Standard (Pre-Certified Plan), equivalent to the UK BREEAM Excellent, an outstanding example of a sustainable urban development.

Christiane Bürklein

Project: Conran and Partners 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Year: 2011-2015
Photography: © Edmund Sumner 
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