Pickard Chilton-Designed Project Breaks Ground in Tokyo

The 3.3 million-square-foot mixed-use Y2 is scheduled to reach completion in 2022. The property is expected to include premier office space, a 98-key hotel and an elementary school.
Y2 Project

At a recent event that included a traditional Japanese purification ceremony, ground broke on the Pickard Chilton-designed Y2 Project, a mixed-use development in Tokyo. The 3.3 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art high-rise marks the architectural firm’s first commission in Japan.

“The Y2 project represents the continued expansion of our practice internationally. It has been a tremendous honor to be working with Mitsui Fudosan on such a significant project in the context of historic Tokyo Station and the regeneration of the Yaesu district,” William Chilton, principal & co-founder of Pickard Chilton, told Commercial Property Executive.

Real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan, which is managing Y2 on behalf of a committee of landowners, tapped New Haven, Conn.-based Pickard Chilton to take on the job of creating a vision for the integrated and urban community. Y2 will stand 787 feet atop a retail podium and below-grade transportation hub in Chūō ward in the heart of metropolitan Tokyo. The sustainable property will comprise premier office space, a 98-key Bulgari Hotel on floors 39 through 45 and an elementary school.

Y2’s height is designed to give the building a prominent position on Yaesu district’s skyline and its curved facade, reminiscent of a sail, is an ode to the site’s origins as a canal moat of a historic castle.

“It has been a highly rewarding experience to work on a complex project of such an impressive scale with our partner, [architectural and engineering firm] Nihon Sekkei,” Chilton added.

Growing project portfolio

Pickard Chilton has its fingerprints on a bevy of projects that recently delivered. In March 2018, the architecture studio announced the completion of two notable projects in Houston, including the approximately 1.1 million-square-foot 609 Main at Texas, a next-generation office tower standing 48 stories in the central business district. In Houston’s Uptown District, the sustainably-designed, 860,000-square-foot Amegy Bank Tower made its debut, with 23 stories sheathed in high-performance, floor-to-ceiling glass. Most recently, the Pickard Chilton-designed 2+U, a 686,000-square-foot waterfront office development in Seattle, topped out in November 2018.

Y2 is on schedule to deliver in 2022. “The significance of the Y2 Project cannot be overstated, as it will redefine the urban landscape for Tokyo Station and the Yaesu district for years to come,” Chilton said in a prepared statement.

Image courtesy of Pickard Chilton