New Large Scale Structure Planned For Jingumae Crossing in Harajuku

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 west corner of Jingumae Crossing in late 2018 when redevelopment planning was just beginning

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.

4 Comments

  1. So boring… hopefully they’ll get to fill it with drug stores for the hordes of tourists. Lol, that whole area is dead.

  2. @Hmm +1 so true. I miss Never Forget Woman and all the other stores with great names.

    BTW it’s Tokyu Plaza, not Tokyo Plaza. And it’s a complete failure, architecturally and economically. Same boring stores, absolutely nothing interesting about it. Every now and then I like riding the escalator, that’s about it.

    • Tokyu Plaza’s rooftop is wonderful to soak in the atmosphere and take a breather from the rest of the city bustle though. I love that space.

  3. I totally agree with Hmm and Belinda. These new buildings offer nothing new, just more of the same…basically, senseless consumerism.

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