Next Tokyo 2045
Kohn Pedersen Fox – KPF- an internationally renowned architecture firm, with offices in NY, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong Seoul, and Abu Dhaby, has conceived a new futuristic development for the Tokyo Bay. The project, called Next Tokyo 2045, introduces a new concept in the field of urban development, giving attention to climate change.
The district is conceived to be located at a bottleneck in the bay and the highest construction – and the focal point of the plan – will be a Mile-High Tower. The Sky Mile Tower, which will reach over 1,600 meters height, is vertically designed and able to host 55,000 occupants. Its shape raises over a hexagonal plan. Looking at the section, it consists of six buildings (for a total amount of 420 apartments) interconnected, and sharing four sky lobbies (located every 320 meters) hosting public amenities.
Other hexagonal rings are scattered all over the plan around the skyscraper; these are infrastructural rings – ranging from 150 to 1,500 meters in width. Their function is the disruption of the strength of waves and at the same time they accommodate the passage of the ships.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitas has published a research paper about Next Tokyo 2045 in which is stated that the project ‘imagines a resurgent megacity adapted to climate change through the realization of a high-density eco-district built on resilient infrastructure’. The project, beyond giving the coast the aspect of a megacity, is thought to protect the coastal areas from risks coming from the rising sea level, seismic waves and typhoon. Could the project really help to prefigure what will be the future of construction in populated urban areas?
By: Alessandra Zucchetta