Futako Tamagawa | Retail Park
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Connecting a new retail environment to nature
Futako Tamagawa extends over 20 hectares (nearly 50 acres) and is one of the largest developments in the Tokyo in recent years.
Photography by Edmund Sumner
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Conran and Partners won a limited competition to become master planners and design architects for Futako Tamagawa, a 13 year mixed-use project which considers an urban quarter running parallel to the banks of the Tama River in the Setagaya district of Tokyo.

We prioritised the importance of landscaping and open communal spaces, further enhancing the fresh, open character of the riverside. The emphasis on green space within this process of place-making led to a close collaboration with landscape designers Landscape Plus and the broader team of local architects and consultants.
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At the time of construction, the project was Tokyo’s largest single development. Split into two phases the project delivered 260,000 square metres of mixed-use development. In addition to the new landscape and park amenity spaces, the scheme includes two department stores and a retail galleria.

We sought to create a green steppingstone of scale, within a dense residential district, that carries you through to the River Tama. A generous new green landscape, with retail spaces beneath, provides a much-used amenity for the whole neighbourhood, whilst a circulation ribbon connects the various buildings from the railway station to the west through to new residential towers to the east.
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The design of the buildings, which all settle on a unifying stone plateau, responds to the changing environment on this route. The feel is more solid and vibrant around the railway station, then becomes lighter and finer in detail as it moves to the east, representing the journey from the city to nature.
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'Japan has had an enduring love affair with the design sensibility of Sir Terence Conran, and nowhere is that clearer than in the choice of his architecture company to create one of the country’s largest redevelopment projects in recent years.'
 
Michiyo Nakamoto | Financial Times
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