On Apr. 4th, commercial complex named “oak omotesando” (address: 3- 6-1 Kita-Aoyama Minato-ku, Tokyo) opened where Hanae Mori Building once stood.

The exterior of the building was co-built by Obayashi Corporation and TANGE ASSOCIATES. The complex harmonizes with the zelkova-lined Omotesando boulevard and its neighboring facilities and is aimed to create a fresh landscape. On the southern end of the central passage running through the new building lays a green zone in which oaks representing its name are planted. These trees combined with the zelkova trees along Omotesando create a green and natural space.

The lighting on the façade was handled by lighting designer Shozo Toyohisa. Using LED lights, Toyohisa creates a gradation of lights, keeping in mind Japanese traditional colors. The building is made from concrete low in carbon, which omits 80% of carbon dioxide exhausted when it hardens.

The office entrance of the building is designed by contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto and is named “KUKKYOCHO.” From the highest ceiling hangs mathematical model “013” to symbolize its role as the holy body of a temple-like space. Sugimoto also handled the interior design of café “Sahsya Kanetanaka,” which is produced by Japanese restaurant Kanetanaka and opened on the 2nd floor of the building. From the 13.8m-tall window with no pillars of the main dining room, a moss garden whose stones have been selected by Sugimoto himself can be viewed. “Japanese gardens like Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto have been integrated with rooms since ancient times. I would like people to enjoy Japanese cuisine in the integrated space,” explains Sugimoto. From the private dining rooms, Sugimoto’s works which have been installed at the entrance can be seen.

On the first and second floors of the complex, stores such as “EMPORIO ARMANI” and “COACH” flagship stores, LA brand “three dots” and “NESPRESSO Boutique” are available. The “EMPORIO ARMANI” opened its first café (roughly 80 square meters) in Japan as an annex to its store. On Apr. 27th, jewelry shop “K.UNO” will open as well.

A press representative from building owner Obayashi Corporation comments as follows. “Omotesando is famous for its architecture and art and this building is built on the site of the Hanae Mori Building, which was one of the first to be a symbol of what the city represents. oak omotesando fuses art and architecture to create a different feel from other commercial facilities. The artworks exhibited in our building merge well with the stores to create an overall atmosphere of art.”