Shibuya Hikarie

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Shibuya Hikarie
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Shibuya Hikarie
General information
Location Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°39′32″N139°42′12″E / 35.65889°N 139.70333°E / 35.65889; 139.70333 Coordinates: 35°39′32″N139°42′12″E / 35.65889°N 139.70333°E / 35.65889; 139.70333
Construction started2009
Completed2012
Height
Roof180 m (590 ft)
Technical details
Floor count33
Floor area143,000m^2 [1]
Design and construction
DeveloperTokyu Architects & Engineers joint venture Nikken Sekkei
ShinQs Department Store Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs Ground Floor 2013.jpg
ShinQs Department Store

The Shibuya Hikarie (Japanese: 渋谷ヒカリエ) is a Tokyu skyscraper and retail complex completed in 2012 and located in the Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo, Japan.

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The Hikarie is 183 meters tall. As of November 2013, it was tied for being the 52nd tallest skyscraper in Japan and 40th tallest building in Tokyo.

The Hikarie features extensive use of LED lighting and displays and combines shopping/dining/entertainment in similar ways to the Roppongi Hills project. Its profile and significance are partially due to being immediately proximate to Shibuya Station, to which it is connected by both a 2nd-floor sky-walk and underground walkway.

Although it does not yet have the same cultural significance as the 109 Building, it is a prime retail and office destination. The public access floors (floors 1 - 11) are marked by glass-walling, allowing for views across Shibuya and Tokyo.

Shibuya Hikarie features retail sales and event space up to floor 11, at which point access is controlled to the theatre (11-16) and private office space (17-34). Clients include KDDI and a number of headquarters for media companies.

Pronunciation

Although the -rie ending is a feminine French ending correctly pronounced [ʁi] (approximately REE), and the use of French or faux French is common in Japanese lady's fashion, in this case the name of the building has four syllables (Japanese:  [çi̥kaꜜɾie] ), from 光へ meaning "towards the light". The name was selected with the intention of evoking progressive thinking of Shibuya's future.

Media coverage

The Hikarie has been featured by the national tourism agency [2] and in popular culture and media. Tokyo Fashion Week is headquartered in this building, resulting in significant positive coverage in the domestic press. Foreign media have covered novel retail strategies, [3] including the use of "themed floors" rather than the traditional retail division of men's fashion or women's sportwear.

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References

  1. http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=80474
  2. "Shibuya Hikarie". Japan National Tourism Organization. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  3. "Japanese toilets not just for dirty business". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 19 November 2013.