Skyscraper Planned for West Gate of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo

A 260-meter-tall skyscraper is planned for Tokyo's Shinjuku Station by 2022.
A 260-meter-tall skyscraper is planned for Tokyo's Shinjuku Station by 2022.
15 September 2020, Tokyo, Japan

Construction will begin on a skyscraper soaring about 260 meters at Shinjuku Station's west gate in fiscal 2022, which will become another tall landmark in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward.

Odakyu Electric Railway Co. and Tokyo Metro Co. announced on September 9 2020 that they will rebuild a building at the Shinjuku Station gate where the Odakyu Department Store currently operates as a skyscraper and reconstruct the nearby area, including the station square.

The project is scheduled to complete in fiscal 2029.

The skyscraper, which will surpass the 243 meter Tokyo metropolitan government building as the area's tallest structure, will have a total floor space of roughly 280,000 square meters.

The new building will have 48 floors above ground and five below. Lower floors will accommodate commercial facilities, while upper floors will be for offices.

A public plaza will also be constructed on the third and fourth floors above the Odakyu Line's ticket gate.

The developers also plan to widen passageways for pedestrians and increase the height of the ceilings inside Shinjuku Station's west gate on floors above and below ground level.

Shinjuku Station is a complicated maze of ticket gates, a bus terminal and badly aging station buildings.

Since around 2017, the Tokyo metropolitan government, the Shinjuku Ward office, railway companies and other entities have been discussing how to rebuild a 10 hectare area around the station.

They compiled the Shinjuku Grand Terminal reconstruction concept last year. The skyscraper project, planned by Odakyu and Tokyo Metro, is the first stage planned under the concept. 

For more on this story, go to The Asahi Shimbun.

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