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Toranomon Hills

August 04, 2014
Toranomon Towers Over Tokyo
Standing at an impressive 247 metres (or 255.5 if you count its ambitious antenna), the newest high-rise to stud the sparkling Tokyo skyline – Toranomon Hills – is jostling with the big boys for a spot among the city’s tallest buildings. Add to that an environmentally-conscious design using energy-saving lighting, a traffic-busting underpass, and a spoil of open green spaces, and you have yet another show-stopping work from prodigious architect firm Nihon Sekkei. But the design savvy doesn’t end outdoors; step inside and you’ll find sprawling artworks, high-end restaurants and a tight edit of shops that befit the cutting-edge construction.

Satoshi Uchiumi’s jaw-dropping 5-section abstract depiction of the changing seasons (entitled Floating Colours) sets the tone as you enter via the carpark lobby, while smashed boulders by Zhan Wang and sculptural drawings by Sun Kwak pervade the rest of the airy, modern interior. Ladies, get your feminine fix with exquisite bouquets by Les Mille Feuilles de Liberté, argan oil-based skincare products from Sula NYC, and runway-ready updos by Tres Hair and Beauty. And if all that pampering has left you positively bushed, reconvene with your other half for a choice of bites at Aged Beef Tajimaya (think 50-day dry-aged T-bone steaks); Udon & Oden (an offshoot of the Ikebukuro original famed for its fusion noodles); or The 3rd Cafe (for a small-batch brew and fresh sarnies). Finish with classic cocktails on the heart-stopping Rooftop Bar – just don’t look down!

1-23 Toranomon / Minato-ku /