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Tokyo Dome City MEETS PORT

TOKYO 2008

This is the main entrance to Tokyo Dome City, the entertainment-style commercial complex which is located at the eastern exit intersection of the JR Suidobashi station, and which has over 30 million annual visitors. The basic concept of this project was the creation of an oasis in the middle of the city. With the keywords of "magic water," which has the power to provide the feeling of an affluent environment, comfort, and healing to the citizens, the story goes that the water that gushes out of the "LaQua" fountain moisturizes the terrace of "MEETS PORT." (The construction of LaQua was completed in 2003.)

This new facility is composed of three areas that blend together: "the Hall," a multipurpose 2,500-seat hall, "the Garden," a garden area on artificial ground that was designed to look like part of the land, and "Dining," where there are 13 eating and drinking places. The belowground multi-purpose hall, with three-level balcony seats
Because the area inside Dome City is designated as an urban planning park, greening of 70 percent of this specially-approved project site was required. The design puts the hall, which takes up most of the volume, below ground. This realizes a large space for this district open park, with the artificial ground, and about 3,700 large and small trees selected from all over the country.

Green gradation aluminum panels are used for the exterior of the side facing the intersection so as to respond to the green of the trees. The side facing Dome City uses glass curtain walls, so as to create a space where people can relax while viewing the park and enjoying a meal.

The multipurpose hall which is located in the second and third floors below ground uses sledge-type three-level balcony seats, which surround the stage creating a realistic sensation and a sense of togetherness. As the main use of the hall is concert performances centering on electroacoustic music, underground exterior walls with vibration-prevention trenches have been installed as environmental-vibration and soundproofing measures in consideration of the surrounding area. Also, TMDs (Tuned Mass Dampers) which reduce vibrations are used throughout the commercial building as vibration-prevention measures in consideration of the eating and drinking establishments.

Client

Tokyo Dome Corporation

Location 1-3-61, Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Design & Construction Takenaka Corporation
Basic conceptual design Takenaka Corporation, RTKL Associates
Structure Steel, Steel-framed reinforced concrete and Reinforced concrete
Number of floors 5 fl. above and 4 fl. below ground
Building area 4,804m²
Total floor area 21,405m²
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