Foster + Partners designs a large wooden store in Tokyo

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The nine-storey Shibuya Marui department store in Tokyo was designed by British architect Foster + Partners to showcase sustainable lifestyle brands.

Inspired by traditional Japanese construction techniques, the wooden structure is backed by a steel structure to reinforce the building’s seismic performance.

The store will contain open concept retail units with wooden floors and exposed wooden ceilings throughout.

The ground floor will feature landscaped bamboo walkways and green walls, leading visitors into the department store.

The west side of the building faces Koen Dori Road and combines an expressed wooden structure with wooden balustrade cladding. Both create a glazed effect that reduces solar gain.

The project design also maximizes daylighting and temperature control through passive means.

A rooftop garden will host a cafe, restaurant and views of Miyashita Park.

The development will use solar energy, some of which will be generated from on-site photovoltaic panels.

David Summerfield, Senior Executive Partner at Foster + Partners, said: “We are delighted to be working on such an innovative and sustainable project, which is just a stone’s throw from the famous Shibuya Crossing.

“A wooden structure will significantly reduce the embodied carbon of the building, while simultaneously creating a warm and open experience for visitors.”