Foster & Partners has unveiled plans for a nine-story department store in central Tokyo.
The Marui department store will be located next to the famous Shibuya Crossing, in the heart of the Japanese capital’s commercial district.
The largely wooden structure is presented as a showcase of sustainable construction and is destined to become a home for brands that prioritize sustainability.
It features a timber balustrade cladding that has been designed to reduce solar gain, while energy for the building will be provided by on-site renewables and photovoltaic panels.
The upper-level cafe and restaurant also contains a planted rooftop garden that could be transformed into an urban food farm, according to the architect.
David Summerfield, senior executive partner at Foster + Partners, said the practice was delighted to be working on the “groundbreaking” project, adding that the program’s wooden structure would reduce embodied carbon while creating a “warm and open experience for visitors”.
Inspired by traditional Japanese building techniques, the building features landscaped bamboo walkways and green walls leading to the store’s main entrance.
The timber frame is also supported by a steel structure, which Fosters says will improve the building’s seismic performance in an earthquake-prone region.
Last month, PLP revealed plans for a huge 1.1 million square foot development in central Tokyo that would see the construction of four towers for a consortium of ten Japanese companies, including Nippon and Mitsui Fudosan.
Earlier this year, Fosters was appointed to plan a high-rise neighborhood in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, including social housing, schools and a 125,000 m² shopping mall.
The firm has also completed an art museum in Datong, China, as part of a new cultural district in the city.