Tuesday, 30 July 2013

shopping Marunouchi japan

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The Shin-Marunouchi building, representing one of Mitsubishi Estates' thirty- two properties in the Marunouchi area, is part of the First Stage of the Marunouchi Redevelopment Project. Stage Two will begin in 2008 with the reconstruction of the Mitsubishi Shoji, Furukawa and Marunouchi Yaesu Buildings.
MEC earmarked the historic neighbourhood of Marunouchi for regeneration in 1998, with the aim of turning what formerly served purely as a business centre into a bustling 24-hour district. Their competition was Tokyo's other successful financial districts of Shiodome and Roppongi. Currently Marunouchi accounts for 20% of Japan's GDP and 10% of companies listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange are located in the area.

 Hopkins Architects were invited to tender for the Shin-Marunouchi through two closed design competitions in July 2001, along with a number of world- renowned architects. They have partnered with local practice MJS (Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei) to create the tallest of six buildings that make up the complex.
The brief was to build upon an existing, 1952 constructed, nine-storey building in a truly modern style, whilst addressing the historical setting. Hopkins have created an additional 35 floors above ground and four below, offering a total of 195,000 sq metres of retail, public and office space.

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Estate on Thursday opened the Marunouchi Brick Square, Tokyo’s newest commercial shopping zone located on the first basement floor through the fourth floor of the Marunouchi Park Building.
Embracing the concept of “comfort,” the Marunouchi Brick Square offers new means of relaxation with unique restaurants and alfresco cafes overlooking a lush green square, the Ichigokan Square, which complements a classic red brick backdrop provided by the newly restored, historic Mitsubishi Ichigokan. 

A total of 36 shops and restaurants include the confectionery shop Cacao Sampaka from Barcelona, Spain, the popular Italian restaurant A16 from San Francisco, Kyoto-style cuisine and tea bar Mamemaru, as well as the latest Tokyo installment by legendary French Chef Joël Robuchon.

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