omotsando hills is a shopping complex in central toyko occupying a site of 250m length on one side of omotesando avenue, tokyo’s top fashion street. omotesando hills is containing over 130 shops and 38 apartments. the building is replacing the dojunkai apartments built in 1927 after the great kanto earthquake.
the project had been controversially discussed especially as ando designed a ‘second omotesando’ within its interior as his own developer once said. indeed, the complex shows a rather blank face to the avenue. yet, besides all the critisms, there are still enough people passing by and the white façade turned out to be a good backdrop to the street’s avenue of zelkova trees.
inside, although descending to several floors beneath ground, the lower floors get enough sunshine form the glazed roof. all the shops are arranged along a slope running around the inner court allowing the customers to see all shops without using an elevator.
gps: 35.667142, 139.709035 / code: japtok0096
location: japan, tokyo
architect: tadao ando