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Roppongi Hills
Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills (六本木ヒルズ Roppongi Hiruzu?) is one of Japan's largest integrated property developments, located in the Roppongi district of Tokyo. Roppongi Hills in Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan. ... Roppongi Hills in Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan. ... Roppongi Hills Roppongi (六本木) is a district of Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan, chiefly known for its nightlife and the presence of Western tourists and expatriates, although the vast majority of visitors are Japanese. ... 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. ...


Constructed by building tycoon Minoru Mori, the mega-complex incorporates office space, apartments, shops, restaurants, cafés, movie theaters, a museum, a hotel, a major TV studio, an outdoor amphitheater, and a few parks. The centerpiece is the 54-story eponymous Mori Tower. Mori's stated vision was to build an integrated development where high-rise inner-urban communities allow people to live, work, play, and shop in proximity to eliminate commuting time. He argued this would increase leisure time, quality of life, and benefit Japan's national competitiveness. Seventeen years in the making, the complex opened to the public on April 23, 2003. Minoru Mori (1934 - ) is considered to be Japans most powerful and influential building tycoon. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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The development

Roppongi Hills cost over $4 billion and is built on a 27 acre (109,000 m²) site. The site amalgamated more than 400 smaller lots Mori acquired over 14 years. [1]


Mori Tower

Mori Tower

The Mori Tower is a 238 m, 54-story high-rise building housing an art museum, a cinema complex, restaurants, cafes, stores, the offices of Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, TV Asahi, J-WAVE, Konami, Rakuten, Livedoor and Yahoo! Japan, and the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1500x2000, 945 KB) // ファイルの概要 (ja) English (en) Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Roppongi Hills 2003 in Japan Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1500x2000, 945 KB) // ファイルの概要 (ja) English (en) Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Roppongi Hills 2003 in Japan Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from... High-rise is a 1975 novel by J. G. Ballard. ... The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ... Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. ... TV Asahi building in Roppongi Hills TV Asahi Corporation (EX, 株式会社 テレビ朝日, Kabushiki Gaisha Terebi Asahi) TYO: 9409 is a television network operating in Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan. ... J-WAVE is an Japanese FM radio station based in Tokyo, Japan. ... Konami Corporation (コナミ) TYO: 9766 (NYSE: KNM) (SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling computer and video games. ... Rakuten, Inc. ... The correct title of this article is livedoor. ... Yahoo! Japan Corporation (ヤフー株式会社; Yafū Kabushiki Gaisha) (TYO: 4689) is a Japanese affiliate of Yahoo!. The head office is in the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Minato, Tokyo. ...


The first six levels of Mori Tower contain retail stores and restaurants. The top six floors house the Mori Art Museum and the Tokyo City View with panoramic views of the city. A new exit from Roppongi Station empties into a glass atrium filled with large television screens and escalators, as well as several shops and restaurants. The rest of the building is office space.


Other buildings

Roppongi Hills Residence
Roppongi Hills Residence

Around the Mori Tower are several smaller buildings predominantly occupied by shops and restaurants, the five-star Grand Hyatt Tokyo, a Virgin Cinemaplex, and the Mori Garden. Behind the Mori Tower lies the Roppongi Keyakizaka Street which has cafes and luxury stores such as Louis Vuitton. Nearby are the four Roppongi Hills Residences towers, with a total of 793 luxurious and very expensive residential apartments. Image File history File linksMetadata Condo_Towers_Tokyo_Roppongi. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Condo_Towers_Tokyo_Roppongi. ... Louis vuitton was a great man he was born on fh 12 3845. ...


Large open spaces have been built into the design of Roppongi Hills. About half of the area consists of gardens, pavilions, and other open spaces. The Mohri Garden, an elaborate and authentic Japanese garden complete with a pond and trees is particularly popular. The Mohri Garden is a part of a lost mansion that housed members of the feudal Mohri clan.[2]


Revolving door fatality

The first year of operations was marred when a six-year-old boy, Ryo Mizokawa, was killed on March 26, 2004 after his head was crushed by automatically revolving doors at the second-floor entrance to Mori Tower in the Roppongi Hills complex. He had been visiting the complex with his mother from Osaka. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


As a result of the tragedy, Mori Building Co., the operator of the building, agreed to pay the boy's family around 70 million yen in compensation and to undertake safety precautions to prevent similar incidents in the future. The automatic revolving doors were removed and replaced with automatic sliding doors.


Unknown to the authorities, the accident was preceded by 32 injuries related to the doors. An investigation by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police into professional negligence by Mori Building Co. and the door's manufacturer, Sanwa Tajima Corp. resulted in the conviction of three former executives for professional negligence.


Criticism and conflict in Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills Arena is a facility with large outdoor speakers, in proximity to older housing. Since the construction of the Roppongi Hills development, complaints of noise pollution from older residents have been ignored by Mori Building management, according to residents. The building most directly suffering from noise is on top of an embankment opposite the Arena. Residents claim several residents have been forced out by the noise.[3][4]


Commentator Henry Hilton of the Japan Today news website criticized the development when he argued:

"Yet the truth is that the crowds are unlikely to return once they have been exhausted by the charade of inconvenient walkways that appear almost intentionally to confuse all but those with perfect map navigational skills. The whole maze is far from being user friendly — don't count on full protection from autumn showers or sudden gusts of wind generated by the buildings themselves."[5]

Financial issues

Mori Building has financed the project with $800 million equity and $1.3 billion in debt from a syndicate of banks led by the Development Bank of Japan. As a result, the company's overall debts are $5.6 billion, secured by billions more in assets.


Goldman Sachs & Co., the project's anchor tenant, attracted deep discounts in rental prices because of the large amount of space it occupies. Japan's sluggish economy, staff cuts by foreign companies, and the flow of new office space have put downward pressure on rents. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ...


Because of conservative eminent domain law in Japan, several past residents of the Roppongi Hills site have been given residential units in the complex in return for their agreement to vacate their prior homes. Eminent domain (US), compulsory purchase (United Kingdom, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland), compulsory acquisition (Australia) or expropriation (Canada, South Africa) in common law legal systems is the lawful power of the state to expropriate private property without the owners consent, either for its own use or on behalf of...


Monopoly World Championship

The 2004 Monopoly World Championship was held here.


See also

Taipei 101, the worlds tallest building since its completion in 2004, is located in Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan). ...

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
  • Official Roppongi Hills website
  • Mori got it wrong with Roppongi Hills from Japan Today
  • Controversy rages about Roppongi Hills
  • Emporis
  • (English) Virtual Tour of Roppongi Hills

  Results from FactBites:
 
Roppongi Hills - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (832 words)
Roppongi Hills cost over $4 billion and is built on a 27 acre (109,000 m²) site.
Nearby are the four Roppongi Hills Residences towers, with a total of 793 luxurious and very expensive residential apartments.
Roppongi Hills Arena is a facility with large outdoor speakers, in proximity to older housing.
Roppongi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (792 words)
The name "Roppongi" literally means "six trees." Legend has it that the name comes from the fact that six daimyo lived nearby during the Edo period, each with the kanji character for "tree" or a kind of tree in their names.
Roppongi was a simple crossing of two streets until after the Meiji Restoration when it became a quartering area for the Imperial Japanese Army.
Roppongi was administratively part of Azabu Ward from 1878 to 1947.
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