Mitsubishi Estate Company, Ltd. (MEC) and TBS Holdings have announced that they will undertake a major redevelopment of the Akasaka 2-6 chome area in Minato Ward, Tokyo between 2022 and 2028.

The project has been certified by the Prime Minister’s Office as a strategic urban planning maintenance project for buildings in the National Strategic Special Zone Plan.

View of the completed project of the Akasaka Sacas complex. Image: Screenshot of press release, Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd. (MEC)

The project will occupy approximately 1.7 hectares in the Akasaka 2-6 chome block of Minato Ward and will consist of two towers. The 230-metre east tower will have 41 floors above ground and 4 floors below ground, with a total floor area of ​​8,800 m². It will include offices, retail and a 1,000 m² business support center that will act as an incubator for start-ups and creatives in the entertainment industry.

The project is also being carried out in collaboration with Tokyo Metro Co. Ltd as a designated “Station-Town Collaboration Project” and aims to open up and liven up the area around metro stations. For example, events and open-air cafes are planned for the open spaces at large station exits.

In addition to the goals of creating breeding space for the entertainment industry and increasing the vibrancy of the neighborhood, the project also aims to strengthen the efficiency of the local energy network and disaster preparedness facilities.

The developers plan to redevelop aging district heating and cooling (DHC) and promote the use of electricity from renewable energy sources, such as high-efficiency cogeneration systems (CGS) and solar power generation, aiming for CASBEE’s “S” (Superior) ranking. The Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE) is a methodology for evaluating and assessing the environmental performance of buildings and the built environment.

There will also be space to strengthen disaster prevention and response capacities, including temporary housing (approximately 1,100 m², with space for approximately 650 people) and a disaster prevention warehouse (approximately 100 m², with sufficient stocks for approximately 650 people). . These facilities are used in disaster situations where it is difficult for people to return home.

Source: Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd. press release, November 2021 (in Japanese)

Image lead: iStock 596813568, Credit:tupungato, May 9, 2012: People walk in the Akasaka district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan.

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