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Omotesando hills
Omotesando hills

Omotesando Hills is the latest in a series of Tokyo urban developments by Minoru Mori. The development occupies almost the full length of Omotesando, a famous shopping and residential street in Aoyama known as Japan's Champs-Élysées. It was designed by Tadao Ando, one of Japan's leading architects. It houses over 130 shops and 38 apartments. Tokyo ) , literally eastern capital, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and includes the highly urbanized central area formerly known as the city of Tokyo which is the heart of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... Minoru Mori (1934 - ) is considered to be Japans most powerful and influential building tycoon. ... A popular upscale shopping area. ... Aoyama (青山; lit:Blue mountain) is a neighborhood of Tokyo, located in the northeastern Minato Ward. ... The Champs-Elysées (pronounced , literally the Elysian fields) is a broad avenue in the French capital, Paris. ... The Westin Awaji Island designed by Ando Tadao Ando (安藤忠雄, Andō Tadao, born September 13, 1941 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese architect whose approach to architecture is sometimes categorised as Critical Regionalism. ...

The building replaced the dilapidated Bauhaus-inspired Doujunkai Apartments, which had been built in 1927 after the Great Kanto Earthquake. Bauhaus (2003). ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Great Kanto Earthquake The Great Kanto Earthquake (関東大震災 Kantō daishinsai) struck the Kanto plain on the Japanese main island of Honshu at 11:58 on the morning of September 1, 1923. ...

Residents, notably Mark Devlin, publisher of Metropolis magazine, have complained about the development's monolithic design, overtly commercial nature, and lack of concern for the neighboring environment. Metropolis is a free distribution full-color 72 page weekly city guide and classified ads magazine published by Crisscross K.K. for Tokyos English-speaking community. ...


  • Official Omotesando Hills Webpage
  • Project page at mori.co.jp
  • Mark Devlin: Mori and Ando Scar Omotesando
  • View from the Hills: Mori defends Omotesando Hills



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